TudoRama update April 17-23 2023

Podcast of the week

An interview with Dr Murray Clark, author and authority on trust-based leadership. We discuss his work in the context of the resignation of Dominic Raab.


Blogpost of the week

News Headlines

Monday 17 April
Fighting in Sudan intensifies around the Capital Khartoum and the country’s international airport. The conflict is between rival groupings within the military which seized power in 2021.
‘Protestors killed my horse’, owner of Hill Sixteen says after the fatality during the Grand National. Echoes of the Junior Doctors’ protest action?
More national news. Govt announces plans for a Teaching Maths initiative. ‘The single thing we have nearest to a silver bullet’. Will a Maths Czar be far behind?

Tuesday 18 April
Germany is not immune from a wave of strikes. A so-called mega-strike of over 150,000 transit workers was called yesterday, seeking pay rises matching the 10% inflation rise.
A no-show for the launch of Elon Musk’s mega-spaceship from Texas.
Treasurer of Scottish National Party arrested on suspicion of funding irregularities.

Wednesday 19 April
Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News agrees an out of court settlement of $800 million with Dominion Voting Machine Systems over its false claims of election rigging. Will belief in Trump’s ‘big steal’ weaken among his core supporters?
A Russian judge has rejected an appeal by the Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich against the decision to hold him in detention before his trial.
National news. Inflation stubbornly refuses to drop below 10%. ‘Food for thought’ says BBC’s chatmaster Nicky Campbell.

Thursday 20 April
Another of the Kennedy clan launches a presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. a California-based environmental lawyer offers a popularist alternative to Biden, including opposition to the COVID vaccine.
Multiple deaths in a Yemen school after a stampede of schoolchildren at charity distribution event.
National news. The Prime Minister receives the Tolley report on alleged bullying by his deputy PM Dominic Raab.

Friday 21 April
One story dominates the national news. In a day of fast-changing events, Dominic Raab resigns while the PM considers his reaction to the report. Raab’s resignation is backed-up an article he writes for the telegraph. He states that the report is flawed but he reluctantly resigns out of a sense of duty. He believes a dangerous precedent has been made by ‘setting the bar too low’. He claims a anti-Govt activists are hindering the Govt’s attempts to implement policy.

Saturday 22 April
Press interest in the resignation of Dominic Raab continues. The Prime Minister’s silence continues.
Death announced of Australian comedian Barry Humphries, age 89, creator of the memorable Dame Edna Everage.

TudoRama teaser

Which is Australia’s biggest city by population?

Twitter Wit and Wisdom

Shhh, he said,
don’t let anyone know,
but the damage in me
means I’m not afraid
of anything else.
You can throw anything at me
rocks, acid, rage,
drive over me if you like,
it just won’t matter
because it won’t matter as much
as the damage.
The damage looks after me.

Whale Shark has learned how to steal food from fishing nets.
That’s a funny way of saying they learned how to survive after getting their food stolen.

The jailbird Michael “Longhead” Cohen is a cereal liar … [correctly reported. Perhaps DT meant serial killer. TR]

Famous dentist honoured with plaque

You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.
Marcus Aurelius
Nice one. Can you thank your friend Mr Aurelius for his wise words?

Answer to Tudorama teaser

Melbourne, (after recent boundary changes).The latest government figures, from June 2021, put Melbourne’s population at 4,875,400, 18,700 more than Sydney’s.


The Ten Percent Thief, by Lavanya Lakshminarayan. A sci-fi look at a future world of enclosed cities, selected as a book of the month by the Guardian Weekly.

Romantic Comedy, by Curtis Sirrenfeld
Enjoyable and humorous tale of a scriptwriter whose fantasy seems to be coming true when a pop idol arrives as a guest on her show.

Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent
Icelandic crime novel. Highly recommended. Just arrived and meeting my expectations.

‘Horrid Henry’ by Francesca Simon
Sells itself to demanding young readers 8+. Now out in multi-story formats

National Alert
On Sunday 23 April there will be a test of an emergency alert service across the United Kingdom at 3.00pm on mobile phones.
Don’t panic but stay alert. Instruction to turn it off available.


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