Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Memorial to Alan Kurdi

It is neither my desire nor my intention to mislead anyone, so I will begin by saying that this post deals solely with my failure to realise my ambition to create and put in place a physical memorial to Alan … Continue reading

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Nerve-racking or Nerve-wracking?

There are times when I’m frustrated and disappointed by the poor quality of some of the features I see on the BBC news site, a place I visit on a daily basis, but this is because so much else of … Continue reading

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The Poetry in a Storm

I was up until some ungodly hour last night, celebrating my birthday, so I was mildly surprised to find that I’d awoken as early as I did, around 6am, but as my sleep patterns have been chaotic to non-existent so … Continue reading

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Aude Conventionem Despicere

“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now … Continue reading

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SPECTRE

Tomorrow is my birthday and one of the ways in which I’m hoping to celebrate is by going to see SPECTRE, the latest film in the James Bond franchise. The first Bond film I saw was Diamonds Are Forever, which … Continue reading

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The Secret Chapel of Henry V and Other Hidden Chambers

I have never thought of myself as any kind of expert on mediaeval British ecclesiastical architecture, but I was nonetheless surprised to learn that there exists in Westminster Abbey a secret chapel, dedicated to King Henry V. It will be … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin, the Prince.

In a previous entry, I wrote of my pleasure at receiving a gift from my son Jack in the form of The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli. Holding this book in my hands once more and leafing through the pages containing … Continue reading

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