"Anne Boleyn is one of the most controversial women in English history; we argue over her, we pity and admire and revile her, we reinvent her in every generation. Her rise is glittering, her fall sordid. God pays her out" Comments
"All intelligence services rely on convincing the public that there is a monster out there in the big wild world waiting to grab them." The truth is more complicated, as KGB founder Felix Dzerzhinsky could tell us Comments
Dieter Machold ran a family business of impeccable reputation, trading in antique violins. When he needed capital, his banks were happy to accept a Stradivarius or two as security. Until, one day, the music stopped Comments
"Seen from the outside, feuds between Sunnis, who make up roughly 80% of the world’s Muslims, and the Shia minority (most of the rest), remain savage and are, in some ways, worsening." One reason may be the West pulling out of Iraq Comments
Reporter visits giant craft fair. "If artisanal work is a silver bullet against commercially induced malaise, then the rehabilitative outlook’s not only technologically bleak but almost entirely decorative and hugely expensive" Comments
The workplace is beset by "managerialists". You know the type. They speak in jargon and don't understand what their staff do. Their internal communications are propaganda, "consultation" amounts to advance notice. And they bleed us Comments
"If someone asked me to prove my undying love for my daughter, I would tell him that I have pretended to be over 50 different Pokémon characters. I have watched an entire Pokémon Advanced Battle DVD, which is essentially like roasting your soul on a spit"