Category Archives: Personal

“The important thing is to have a target.”

Deadlines make headlines. Whether the Health Secretary’s target gets met or not, all the attention on the target will serve as a smokescreen, distracting the public from the truth that far too few tests were carried out during the first … Continue reading

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Forsaking the Poppy

It may seem natural to feel an allegiance with those who happen to occupy the same bit of the earth’s crust as you do, but that allegiance is purely arbitrary and, of course, divisive. This is obviously controversial, but, as … Continue reading

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Leaving our flag behind

Leaving Our Flag Behind Maybe in 2018 we’ll turn on the news and hear that there’s been an outbreak of peace. Everywhere. Wow.

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R.I.P. Harper Lee

Everyone stand up. Harper Lee’s passin’.

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L’orage passera

While expressing our solidarity with the French people following Friday’s terror attacks, we should reflect that Arab lives matter just as much. Over 40 people died in Beirut in a terrorist attack carried out by Islamic State suicide bombers a … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Time may fly, but you’re the navigator A new book starts tomorrow. All the pages are blank. Write a good one!

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Sad anniversary

The recent fatal shooting in the south east of France, which left four dead, stirred up unpleasant memories of the horrific murder of a student friend of mine in roughly the same location almost exactly 40 years ago. Rob Latter … Continue reading

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Who killed the bears?

We spent the last week in Cinderford, nestled away in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. We were expecting to see free-roaming sheep, perhaps a peregrine falcon or some fallow deer or even a re-introduced wild boar. We duly spotted … Continue reading

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