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Jewish Roots of Hungarian far-right politician revealed

The Independent recently carried an interesting piece about a leading member of a Hungarian Fascist Party who has discovered that he has Jewish roots. His grandmother is a survivor of Auswitz, one of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. The repentant Member … Continue reading

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Recessional by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling is quite correctly perceived as a poet who celebrated and actively supported the British Empire. This is undoubtedly the case, however as can be seen in his “Recessional” the picture of a jingoist is not a wholly accurate … Continue reading

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How to Kill by Keith Douglas

How to Kill by Keith Douglas Under the parabola of a ball, a child turning into a man, I looked into the air too long. The ball fell in my hand, it sang in the closed fist: Open Open Behold … Continue reading

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Treading on Egg Shells

  “See you later” is an unremarkable ending to a convivial evening with friends, however it has been a cause of embarrassment (too other people, not me) on more occasions than I can recollect. What is the reason for this … Continue reading

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The Return of the Undead

As a small child I remember listening to a recording of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and being frightend half to death. For a considerable time afterwards I had nightmares about vampires lurking in the spare room and I had to summon … Continue reading

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The ever changing world of technology

Today I read an article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph showcasing some of the technological inovations which occured during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. This caused me to dwell on the technological developments which I have witnessed during my … Continue reading

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The Unforgiving Minute

I love traditional clocks which announce their presence with a loud tick tock, tick tock. I like the many and varied chimes which clocks produce, some musical others not. Many modern clocks are mere shadows of their great predecessors, they … Continue reading

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