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About Lavinia Thompson

A university lecturer for many years, both at home and abroad, Lavinia Thompson retired in 2008 and has since taken up freelance journalism. She is currently studying for a distant learning degree in geo-political science and lives in Norwich with her partner. More Posts

What’s happening

See here for an excellent piece on the ‘chemical capacity’ raids on Syria by Patrick Cockburn as appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Skripal case

Here’s a useful piece by Nicola Davis as published today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pause (cause even) for thought

Here’s a disturbing article by Andreas Whittam-Smith (the first-ever editor of The Independent) on the ‘cluster’ of  paedophile clergymen in one parish that I spotted today on the website of – THE [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The tribulations of trying new things without thinking them through?

On a topic that doesn’t necessarily affect too many of us over the age of fifty – and that’s because we either don’t (and/or don’t want to) the latest means via which we can ‘put ourselves out there’ via posting stuff on the internet, but that’s by [...]

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s a mad, mad world

At a Rust editorial meeting last week – yes, we do have them! – one of our longer and more intense discussions was on the general state of the planet. It’s an irony in this modern oh-so-politically-correct-world that knocking anyone beyond a certain age is perfectly fair game for anyone [...]

March 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

You pays your money and you takes your choice

I reckon I’m in tune with about 70% of the population in the sense that firstly, – although I have never revealed to anyone which way I voted in the EU Referendum – I take the view “what’s done is done” and now we must all just get on with it … whatever [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Arthur Davidson

I was so saddened to learn last night of the passing of my great friend Arthur Davidson aged 89. He made a substantial mark in two fields. He was Labour MP for Accrington from 1966-83, losing the seat by 21 votes and was the leading libel  lawyer of his generation. I was particularly sad as I [...]

January 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Exterminate! Exterminate!

Yesterday – partly by happen-chance, partly by design – I watched the beginning of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 from 9.00am. I then deliberately turned to a different channel, any channel (it doesn’t matter which one it was then, or now) at roughly 9.35am, about two minutes into [...]

January 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

What we knew then and now

The biggest media story of the moment is that of the rise and fall of 65 year old movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – well, not so much about his rise to being one of the most powerful men in Hollywood for more than two decades, but his spectacular fall from grace over his predatory sexual behaviour. [...]

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

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