When the heat is on…..

Marketwatch has previously mentioned the Greek myth of Icarus. But to recap. Daedalus, Icarus’ father, was a skilled craftsman who had taken refuge on the island of Crete. Initially he was welcomed with open arms but that welcome soured. It was not easy to escape the island because the king, Minos, kept all ships under […]

Punch and Judy – 2022 version

Readers, particularly those of Marketwatch’s vintage, will be familiar with stories involving that staple of the British fetes and fairgrounds, the Punch and Judy show.  As children’s’ entertainment goes, this is a pretty violent demonstration of the type of show put on in the 17th century.  Mr Punch generally beats all and sundry with his […]

New clothes, old story

In 1837, the Danish storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, wrote a tale about an emperor who was persuaded by a couple of smooth-talking types to acquire the most wonderful new clothes which were the best in his realm.  They were also magical so, although his subjects could see them, he could not.  But he was assured […]

History repeats #2

Many of you are aware of Marketwatch’s love of history. We can learn much from it, even if those lessons do not seem to prevent constant stupidity by those who should know better. So settle down, get a glass of brain food, and join me on another trip down memory lane. In the late 1960’s […]

Does the world really change or are things always the same?

Marketwatch has always had a love of history. There are many mis-quotes on the subject. It is doubtful that Mark Twain said “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”. But Karl Marx did say, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”. So today, we are going to test Marx’s theory. In the […]

No good will come from it

No good comes from war. Things lost cannot be recovered. Lives sacrificed remain only in memories. Heroism, though respected, invariably ends in tragedy. So it is for the people of Ukraine as they battle an aggressive, tyrannical despot intent on re-making a union of socialist republics regardless of the human cost. Communist Russia had a […]

Marketwatch February 2022

The light at the end of the tunnel….. Well, here we are again. Despite the hot summer, Marketwatch is feeling refreshed after a bit of a break and has decided to look at where we left off last year. So let’s have a quick recap. Inflation had reared its head in the United States but […]

What in the world is happening?

The past couple of years have been difficult to say the least. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the world into disarray, sparing no country. And just as it seemed it might be safe to come out and play, we are faced with uncertainty of another beast, the Omicron variant. Marketwatch is neither a scientist nor […]

Oh what a tangled web we weave

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” (Sir Walter Scott: Marmion – A tale of Flodden Field) Marketwatch does not normally resort to quoting poetry, but there is almost something poetic about the tale he is about to tell. And this month we are returning to China for a […]

What is happening in China?

What is happening in China? Its been a depressing month or so and it was not just the weather. There has been a pre-occupation with COVID outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria, and the shambolic withdrawal of the US military in Afghanistan which caught their allies by surprise So while we were watching all […]