Apple’s magic key problem, the dungeons and dragons fairytale solution

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2016


Is it just me or does Apple seem to be on the wrong end of the argument? Tim Cook has said he will challenge a judge’s order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot dead 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December. Mr Cook, … Continue reading “Apple’s magic key problem, the dungeons and dragons fairytale solution”

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Cash for work: The big plan at tomorrow’s London Syria aid conference

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2016


Tomorrow (February 4) is the annual Syrian aid conference in London and Germany will float its big new idea for helping refugees. (Click here for the website of the Supporting Syria and the Region conference.) Give them jobs in their immediate neighbourhood, in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and save the harried Syrians from difficult journeys … Continue reading “Cash for work: The big plan at tomorrow’s London Syria aid conference”

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Will this be the year the stethoscope enters a museum, never to leave?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2016


Two-hundred years after René Laennec invented the stethoscope, the doctor’s acoustic tool of diagnosis may be destined for the museum. Apparently, there is nothing the stethoscope does and no intelligence (or sound) it provides that other machines don’t do better. Everything a doctor hears through the stethoscope – from the heart, lungs, bowels and so … Continue reading “Will this be the year the stethoscope enters a museum, never to leave?”

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Shouldn’t LA have a film director l’eminence instead of a poet-laureate?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2016


When I say Los Angeles of what do I think film, television Paramount Pictures, Universal studios, Warner Brothers   Not a Poet Laureate and the business of rhyme and reason, rhetorical devices to take LA to the world.   It is already there. ** Pardon my effort at poetry (I have not tried the form … Continue reading “Shouldn’t LA have a film director l’eminence instead of a poet-laureate?”

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You can’t win a basketball game or the reader’s attention with humbug

by Rashmee

Posted on January 13, 2016


“There is a lot of bad poetry in the world,” writes sports columnist Sally Jenkins in ‘The Washington Post’. It is the first line of a touching piece about stripping away literary pretension. Ms Jenkins was describing an unexpectedly triangular connection – poet Mary Karr who wrote ‘Loony Bin Basketball’; Phil Jackson who is considered … Continue reading “You can’t win a basketball game or the reader’s attention with humbug”

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How an evening at Gerry’s made me long for a 21st-century Archy & Mehitabel

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2015


It was fitting that it was at Gerry’s in Soho I properly understood something about Archy (left) and Mehitabel, famous fictional literary lowlifes of the last century. Fitting because Gerry’s (below left) is a club that attracts, as it says, “a talented group of stage and screen stars”. People, who like Archy, the cockroach imagined by … Continue reading “How an evening at Gerry’s made me long for a 21st-century Archy & Mehitabel”

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The farm to fork chain: How to feed the world in three crucial steps

by Rashmee

Posted on September 23, 2015


Time was when the world shook its head over lakes of milk and mountains of butter in Europe. That was because of chronic overproduction. But poor countries often have poor levels of agricultural production. Post-harvest loss in the developing world is a major reason that tonnes of food goes to waste and millions of people … Continue reading “The farm to fork chain: How to feed the world in three crucial steps”

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Why blame Egypt, Tunisia, India and other poor countries for world hunger?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2015


Mostly because food waste is about more than taking only what you will eat, finishing what you have on your plate and using the contents of your fridge before they spoil. Egypt, Tunisia, India, Nigeria and a clutch of other countries waste a lot of food and make real this dismal reality: that one in … Continue reading “Why blame Egypt, Tunisia, India and other poor countries for world hunger?”

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I say jalebi, Tunisia says z’labia. Could this Indian sweet really be Levantine?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2015


It was India’s ambassador in Tunisia, the charming, erudite and variously talented Nagma Malik who reminded me of the tangled mystery that is the origins of the jalebi. For those who know it, the jalebi is a fried Indian circle of dough dipped in syrup. It is best eaten hot. And in large quantities. The jalebi is … Continue reading “I say jalebi, Tunisia says z’labia. Could this Indian sweet really be Levantine?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK