Since March, and the conclusion of Serco’s latest fundraising from its shareholders, Soames has been able to get out and about more. He tries to visit one of the company’s contracts every week. On a recent Friday morning, he picked me up from a station near where he lives with his family in Buckinghamshire (Soames keeps a small mixed farm: “Twelve Sussex cows, plus a bull”) and drove us to RAF Benson, in Oxfordshire, where Serco trains helicopter pilots for the armed forces in computer simulators. On the way, we talked about his childhood. Soames spent many days at Chartwell, the Churchill family home, as a young boy, and remembers being dandled on the great man’s knee. The legacy, more than anything, is of industry: all those books, all those paintings, all those wars. “It was an immense thing,” he said, “this prodigious work ethic …” These days, Soames works seven days a week, five or six hours on Saturdays and Sundays. His … [Read more...] about Can Winston Churchill’s grandson save Serco? And is it worth saving?
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With the current feminist movement now in its fourth wave, how many American suffragettes are household names, besides perhaps Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Thanks to DuBois, a UCLA professor and noted suffrage scholar, many more now spring to life. Her colorful cast includes the more prominent leaders – Anthony, Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Ida B Wells, Carrie Chapman Catt, Victoria Woodhull, Alice Paul – but DuBois gives supporting roles to many members of the “petticoat brigade” heretofore largely lost to history. … [Read more...] about Suffrage review: epic retelling of US women’s long battle for the vote
And then there’s the soup. “Almost every recollection of Warhol’s early days comes clogged with soup cans,” notes Gopnik wearily, and then proceeds to kick them away one by one. It is simply not true that Andy fell in love with the red and white Campbell’s tin in his early childhood, and then clung on to it for dear life as a highly charged transitional object with which to negotiate the perils of adult life. In Depression-era Pittsburgh, no one was flush enough to buy ready-mades for the table. Instead, Julia Warhola mushed together some water, salt, pepper and ketchup (the latter was allowed because it was Heinz, and Heinz owned Pittsburgh) into an approximation of something from the old country. Even once Andy’s career was taking off in New York, Mrs Warhola was still offering visitors chicken soup cooked from scratch, rather than poured from a tin. … [Read more...] about Warhol by Blake Gopnik review – sex, religion and overtaking Picasso
He didn’t know what to say. A practised democratic politician would have had answers ready. When questioned about his behaviour towards women, he would have apologised and promised it would never happen again. When Warren spat “billionaire” at him, he would have said that at least he made his own money, unlike Trump, who inherited it from Daddy. Americans believe in the American Dream, he might have continued, and respect men and women who lived it. And, since you mentioned his money, he had poured it into progressive causes rather than wasting it on luxuries or funding the rightwing and far-right lobby groups beloved by many of his peers. … [Read more...] about Trashing Michael Bloomberg does little to find a credible Democrat challenger
The greatest family? Alfred the Great was the youngest of four brothers, all of whom became King of Wessex Aethelflaed was his oldest child probably born in 870, with Edward the oldest son and heir Aethelflaed had one child, a daughter called Aelfwynn Edward was married three times, with Aethelstan his oldest child Alfred stopped the Vikings but it was Aethelflaed and Edward who retook much of England Aethelstan conquered the last Viking kingdom, York, and is regarded as the first true King of England Dr Downham says: "She does not strike me as a belligerent leader; one of her skills seems to have been as a negotiator. … [Read more...] about Aethelflaed: The warrior queen who broke the glass ceiling