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The Transport Conundrum of A to B

It was with some irony that I read of the proposal to raise the Motorway roadworks speed limit – apparently trials carried out by Highways England found drivers’ heart rates were lower when they drove at 55mph (88km/h) and 60mph … Continue reading

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In Quest of Beauty: Alphonse Mucha

If someone was to say Art Nouveau then the Middle East would probably be far from your mind, so you can imagine my surprise – and pleasure – when visiting Dubai Mall recently to see an Alphonse Mucha mural being … Continue reading

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The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk

A friend’s recounting of a hen party in Prague brought to mind one of the funniest novels I have ever read, a book that inspired Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and was one of Bertolt Brecht’s favourite novels, and which has come … Continue reading

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The End Of British Farming?

When you go to the supermarket to buy your fresh produce, it will be accompanied by a label to indicate its country of origin. Many people in a display of patriotism and support for their local economy will automatically only … Continue reading

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The man behind the mystery that was Big Bill Broonzy

I was in 81 Renshaw Street recently with a friend, leafing through the LP’s, when I chanced upon one that really jumped out at me: Black Brown and White by Big Bill Broonzy. As I tried to explain its significance, … Continue reading

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Motor Neurone Disease – A Personal Reflection

Some of you know that this time last year I lost my Dad to a rare form of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Well, people get old, he was 78, and there is an inevitability about death from the moment we’re … Continue reading

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The Romance of Ellis Island

An important place for me in New York is Ellis Island. Often overlooked by many visitors, it is literally the next boat stop after the Statue of Liberty. But what’s it to me? Well, without it I might not exist … Continue reading

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