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Helicopters on the roof.

Deal or no deal, if the fanatical Leavers get their way, and it looks as though they will, the UK will exit the EU soon enough. The impact will be far reaching for a generation, not just in trade, the current favourite topic, but across our society, in actuality and perception. Consider - do you… Continue reading Helicopters on the roof.

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Political with a small ‘p’

I’ve recently been trying to maintain a habit of writing every day. Whether it be free writing, poetry, my journal (though I don’t keep that every day ) my travel book - yep, I’m working on one of those too, and less often at the moment, this blog. With the writing comes lots of reading… Continue reading Political with a small ‘p’

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When two, or more, tribes go to war

There seems to have been a polarising of labels in recent days. You are either in one camp or another and depending upon who is using the term its probably being used in a derogatory sense.    This only goes to entrench the perspectives which will do nobody any good. Remoaners - Leavers: Alt-right -… Continue reading When two, or more, tribes go to war

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You’ll get a house one day…

Well, we’re nearly at the end of the snap election campaign that was never meant to be. Perhaps it is fitting that this week, meteorologically speaking, the UK is experiencing an unusually deep depression. The grey skies and incessant rain the perfect backdrop. Who knows what will happen? It has certainly been a rockier ride… Continue reading You’ll get a house one day…

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Who took all the money?

As I rolled into bed the other night I grabbed my iPad to read my new book but couldn’t resist a scan of the headlines. “Greece warns recovery threatened if debt deal is blocked at next talks” screamed a headline. Well, okay, hardly screamed, whimpered from the corner of the Grauniad page. I read with… Continue reading Who took all the money?

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…Just another brick in the wall….

David Cameron should buy lottery tickets. I cannot imagine the gobsmacked looks on the faces of the Conservative elite one balmy May evening last year when against all the odds they were returned to power with a majority. It must have been one helluva party. A lot has happened since then, and it goes on.… Continue reading …Just another brick in the wall….

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Oi, Tory Boy, Enough !!

Enough already, enough,I say. Now we have another Tory saying that we will be swamped by immigrants. Are we a short step from another "Rivers of Blood" speech? Let us stop this divisive language. It is destructive and only makes honest and fair minded UK citizens cringe. Isn't it funny how the loudest voices choose… Continue reading Oi, Tory Boy, Enough !!

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The Season’s Disgrace (I’ll get jelly later…. )

I know it is the season to be jelly, and I will, but this has been bubbling inside me for a while now, and as said season approaches at speed it seems apropos, in a way, to talk about this now. There is little that I can forgive a wealthy western society such as ours… Continue reading The Season’s Disgrace (I’ll get jelly later…. )

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The race for The White House – tales of love and loss.

So, it’s Polling Day again, nearly anyway. Don’t it come around quickly ! I’ve managed to avoid most of the campaigning news, apart from the headlines, and probably won’t get worked up about who wins or loses, though I do have a preference. I’m saddened and worn down by the realisation that through the last… Continue reading The race for The White House – tales of love and loss.

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Hell, I wish I’d been there…..

...amongst the cheering crowd to welcome Fidel and Che to Havana after the hated Batiste had fled.... ....when Martin Luther King told of his dream ... ... to hear Steve Biko’s testimony ... ...standing by the roadside when Nelson Mandela walked up the road holding Winnie’s hand ... march against the Iraq War when… Continue reading Hell, I wish I’d been there…..