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This one could run and run

With Greece having defaulted upon its debt by failing to pay the IMF by the deadline, we are now going to see a period of intense negotiations and daily speculations as Europe and sundry institutions try to find a way out of the crisis. Against this background the Greeks are about to hold their [...]

July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Beware Greeks (or anyone) bearing gifts

The United Kingdom’s relationship with the EU has been a running sore for far longer than I can remember – I’m a bit hazy about anything further back than 2004, so let’s say about forty years. Most of our electorate have an in-built suspicion about anything that involves unelected [...]

June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Radio 5 sport- too PC?

There is much sport to savour this weekend with two showpiece events: the Derby and Champions League Final. John Pargiter will be watching the golf at Memorial where the Tiger Woods game is now restored if not match winning. Andy Murray is making a fist of it against the invincible Djorkovic and [...]

June 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

The special relationship : is it?

A radio programme I always enjoy is Great Lives presented by Matthew Parris. The format is someone advocates a person as a great life and an expert adds to the background. This week the great  life was the US war time ambassador Gil Winant. He is less remembered than his predecessor Joe Kennedy [...]

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Every time is different

Last night I reached home after very nearly 48 hours ‘before the mast’, which in this instance in my case meant touring northern France and Belgium with my brother and a small party of virgin – and I use that world advisedly – tourists of the battlefields and Commonwealth War Grave [...]

May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

How the world works

Racial – or should I say ‘national’? – stereotypes may have become somewhat ‘non-politically correct’ in recent times, but that doesn’t mean that people refrain from either privately thinking them and/or uttering them publicly. You know the sort of thing I’m talking about, and you [...]

March 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Food for thought

In the wake of the Parisian Charlie Hebdo and Jewish supermarket Jihadist massacres/shootouts and the demonstration rallies in France yesterday, both ‘serious’ journalism and social media are awash with a wide range of conflicting opinions as to what happened and why, and how the [...]

January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Freedom and balls

Even as I type this at 10.45am on Friday 9th January, the apparent final end to the pursuit of the Jihadists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre is playing out in the north-east suburbs of Paris in France. These are very difficult times for amateur bloggers such as myself the world over. [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Je suis Charlie mais non Ched Evans

I sent an email of sympathy to a French friend of mine who replied that they died as heroes, pen in hands, not a slow death in hospital. Understandably the country has been transformed by a wave of emotion. One country so far omitted from the debate is Israel. When Israel is attacked, as it has [...]

January 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

A man who ploughed his own furrow

Joe Cocker, the Sheffield-born rock and blues singer died yesterday in America, where he had lived for most of the past forty years. His distinctive rasping, soulful voice earned him many plaudits and fans, not least amongst journalists and major rock artistes around the world. Having always sung [...]

December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

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