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   of Berlin Wall.

   Now: August 2021 - Another failure of diplomacy when Afghanistan and
   the people over-run and their future blighted.

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   Discredited certainly, delusional conceivably but that does not mean
   that every Cummings' opinion and judgement is incorrect. His message to
   the joint Select Committees meeting 26^th May 2021 of a system riddled
   with dither, delay and chaos is supported by the public record, as in
   `The 2020 Coro-Nation Diaries - Worlds Turned Upside Down'

   Published autumn 2020 this is a factual record of Phase 1 of the UK
   coronavirus pandemic compiled daily alongside people's diaries during
   March to July 2020. See Non-Fiction for more details

   It is still available as a pdf [[27]The 2020 Coro-Nation Diaries and
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   Either Cummings' analysis has some validity or he should never have
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   `1974 - A World in Flux'

   Another year of global trauma  - see Non-Fiction for more details

   Colombia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Northern Ireland, the inter-dependence
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   ... [But the corporations] do not have to answer to anyone and are not
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   [33]1809 Between Hope and History synopsis


   [34]Out of the toyshop - Episode 1 030721

   [35]Out of the toyshop - Episode 2 190721

   [36]Beleaguered and Besieged - introduction 120221

   [37]Pas-de-deux summary
   [38]NBR 2019 post-election briefing pamphlet

   [39]6X6 Guide 1 Six famous Cambridge women

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   [45]Some key people in 1809

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