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Rolf Norfolk

Rolf Norfolk
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Rolf Norfolk is a former teacher and retired independent financial adviser.

8.14am, August 6, 1945 – the bomb that changed the world

FATHER John A Siemes was starting his day near Hiroshima when it happened, just before quarter past eight on August 6, 1945. He...

Do we deserve democracy?

FOR some time now, supporters of the two main US political parties have seemed to hate each other with an almost theological...

A Telegram From Mr William Boot

PRESS COLLECT BEAST LONDON NOTHING MUCH HAS HAPPENED EXCEPT WHOLE COUNTRY UNDER CURFEW BECAUSE OF PANDEMIC PROFESSOR WHO RECOMMENDED...

Covid update: Perils of ‘muddling through’

THE Office for National Statistics (ONS) releases its weekly data around 9:30am each Tuesday. For administrative reasons, it runs a couple of...

Has the virus wiped out the notion that human life is special?

WE sure don’t want all this to be happening, so the temptation is to tell ourselves that it isn’t and refuse to...

The terrible price of being unprepared

IT SHOULD not have had to come to this. Individual freedom is one of the fruits of peace. I remember Tony Benn...

Coronavirus and ageism

ONE day in the 1980s, I climbed to the upper deck of the bus, where smokers and schoolchildren gravitated, and saw a...

EastEnders goes north, UK goes west

BECAUSE of Covid-19, filming of EastEnders has been cancelled. Of course, East Enders themselves were cancelled long ago, thanks to the financialised economy...

The grim diagnosis: We didn’t prepare to face an epidemic

IF you are still reassuring yourself that we just need to be British about it all, please read these two accounts by...

Virus arithmetic adds up to NHS chaos

LET’S look at WuFlu in computing terms. China has belatedly chosen to be like my laptop (Windows 10/Chrome): clogging the system with...

Coronavirus: Is this a Phoney War?

AS CASES of Covid-19 approach six figures globally and close in on the century in the UK, our government has released its...

Coronavirus – keep calm and make a plan

WHILE some of the press produce shouty headlines for fun and profit and others affect armchair insouciance, the truth lies somewhere in between:...

A DIY guide to dodging the virus

IS Covid-19 a scare story? Pace a number of TCW commenters on the last piece: no. You will recall that Professor Neil Ferguson was quoted as...

Prepare for the worst: Coronavirus could kill hundreds of thousands here

THINGS are moving fast in the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. On February 22, I said there were five cases in Iran, two of...

Coronavirus – the victims outside China

ACCORDING to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker, the total number of confirmed cases now approaches 77,000, of which over 600 are outside the...

Coronavirus could be the young’s best friend

WE might be all right, according to the UK’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, on Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday. China and foreign...

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