Why are some countries prosperous, and others not?

Why Nations Fail is pretty much a must read for anyone interested in why some countries are prosperous and liberal, and why others aren't. That doesn't mean that I espouse its blatant and latent prescriptions or agree with the entirety of the historical narrative that it provides. However, this book deals with the moot and divisive questions which have been rousing academics and lay persons for a long…
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Recent necrology, November 2014

Some well-known people who have died recently Acker Bilk, 1929-2014 Bowler-hatted titan of trad jazz who conjured a warm, sentimental sound from his clarinet Maggie Boyle, 1956-2014 English-born Irish folk musician who collaborated with Van Morrison and went on tour with the Chieftains Arthur Butterworth, 1923-2014 English composer, conductor and teacher Warren Clarke, 1947-2014 Actor…
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Volunteering

Volunteering is a rewarding way you can make a difference in your community — plus you can meet people and learn valuable skills. This page links to resources to help you find organisations and service groups who use volunteers to get vital work done. Volunteer display, South Library. Flickr CCL-2012-04-05-IMG_1042 Local voluntary organisations Volunteering Canterbury…
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Hay’s Pageant, 1950s: Picturing Canterbury

Marching clocks, Hay's Ltd Christmas pageant, Albert North collection, CCL-Arch978-1-017 Snowmen, Hay's Ltd Christmas pageant , Albert North collection, CCL-Arch978-1-024 Sailor and pirate, Hay's Ltd Christmas pageant, Albert North collection, CCL-Arch978-1-021 See more Christmas images. More Picturing Canterbury posts Browse our image collection Visit Kete Christchurch…
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