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Thinker, Trader, Holder. Why?
“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” –
John Le Carré
“By repetition, each lie becomes an irreversible fact upon which other lies are constructed.” –
John Le Carré
“Look... we’re getting to be old men, and we’ve spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another’s systems. I can see through Eastern values just as you can see through our Western ones. Both of us, I am sure, have experienced ad nauseam the technical satisfactions of this wretched war....” –
John Le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
“People like you should be stopped, Mr. Woodrow,” she mused aloud, with a puzzled shake of her wise head. “You think you’re solving the world’s problems,  but actually you’re the problem.” –
John Le Carré, The Constant Gardener
To learn more about Grant’s new investment newsleer,
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By Grant Williams
18 August 2014
18 august 2014
Things That Make You Go
Sometimes, just sometimes, you need to stop for a second, take a step back, and reconsider the simplest pieces of any puzzle.David John Moore Cornwall was a real-life spy. A spook. An agent. He worked for Britain’s MI5 and, later, MI6 intelligence services.Whilst there, Cornwall began a little hobby that, in today’s world, would be unthinkable for a serving
intelligence ofcer: writing novels about the secret
world in which he lived and worked.He chose a nom de plume with a certain
 je ne sais quoi:
 John le Carré. The hero of le Carré’s rst two
Call for the Dead 
 A Murder of Quality,
 was George Smiley, a somewhat ordinary spy who grew up in a middle class family and attended an
“antiquated Oxford college of no real distinction”
 but who, apparently, had
“the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin.”
Smiley was everything other spies of the time — ctional ones, at least — weren’t:
(Wikipedia): The spy novel writing of John le Carré stands in contrast to the physical action and moral certainty of the James Bond thriller established by Ian Fleming in the mid 1950s; the le Carré Cold War features unheroic political functionaries aware of the moral ambiguity of their work, and engaged in psychological more than physical drama. They experience little of the violence typically encountered in action thrillers, and have very little
recourse to gadgets. Much of the conict is internal,
rather than external and visible.Unlike the moral certainty of Fleming’s British Secret Service adventures, le Carré’s Circus spy stories are morally complex. They emphasise the fallibility of Western democracy and of the secret services  protecting it, often implying the possibility of East-West moral equivalence...
In 1979, the BBC adapted what is perhaps le Carré’s most famous novel for television, casting the great Alec Guinness as Smiley in a seven-part miniseries that changed the face of television.

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