Lockdown 2020 – looking towards ‘the new normal’

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Lockdown 2020 – how’s it going for you? As the UK enters its seventh week of lockdown measures imposed by the government, there seems very little light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the returning prime minister’s rather cavalier… Read moreLockdown 2020 – looking towards ‘the new normal’

The absolute state of the Union

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The State of the Union is generally taken to be the annual reflection on the political, economic and social landscape in the USA, delivered every January to Congress by the incumbent president. But I am going to commandeer the term… Read moreThe absolute state of the Union

Making England Great Again

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Did anyone really think, in their wildest dreams, that England would reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia? Gareth Southgate was a fairly underwhelming appointment to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager; initially a stop-gap after Big Sam was… Read moreMaking England Great Again

Life well-lived? The tragic loss of Anthony Bourdain

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His was the very definition of ‘a life well-lived’. The apparent suicide of Anthony Bourdain in a French hotel was shocking and tragic in equal measure. “As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly. You… Read moreLife well-lived? The tragic loss of Anthony Bourdain

Syria, Russia & The West – an unhealthy melting pot

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  In so many ways, we are immune to the (daily) news of fresh atrocities in the civil war in Syria, many of which are claimed to have been perpetrated by the widely-reviled president, Bashar al-Assad. Assad has been in… Read moreSyria, Russia & The West – an unhealthy melting pot