Category Archives: General Philosophy

A blog which may cover titbits of Hanover House news but on the whole tends to stray into philosophising about general matters.

Bomber Command – Heroes or Criminals?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsToday the Queen unveiled the new Bomber Command memorial in Green Park, London, more than 70 years after the former RAF Bomber Command’s involvement in one of the greatest and hardest fought battles of the Second World War – at … Continue reading

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English as she is Spoken – or Tweeted?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsOne of my personal pet hates in the spoken English language is the habit of even supposedly well-educated persons, including teachers, to say when asking for something ‘Can I get a gin and tonic?’ (to which the response should … Continue reading

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Hippocratic Hypocrites?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics The Caduceus – Symbol of Commerce The recent doctors’ strike supported by the British Medical Association (BMA) over future terms and working conditions for doctors within the National Health Service was actually not particularly successful – fortunately. Of … Continue reading

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Another ‘Titanic’ Adventure

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics During the Centenary Year of the maiden voyage and loss of RMS Titanic, there has been a plethora of publications, articles and films about the charismatic ship. An excellent fictional novel I recently read David Kowalski’s excellent ‘The Company of … Continue reading

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Physician, Heal Thyself!

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsJust a few personal opinions on the nearly unprecedented strike today by what used to be a group of the most respected professionals in the land. Following the ‘deal’ with the Labour government in 2008, doctors, and in particular … Continue reading

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The Cheltenham Kiss and Twitter

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThis week’s copy of The Week news magazine has just landed on my desk to my delight. The Week portrays itself as covering the best from the British and foreign media, including both sides of each story, and on … Continue reading

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‘Hash’ in its Many Forms

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics# ‘Hash’ is a popular word but appears in a number of contexts. To list them, first of all there is ‘hash’ as in short for ‘hashish’ an Arab word for the concentrated resin from the flowering head of … Continue reading

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Seeing is Believing

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsAs a retired career soldier, I have sometimes been depicted as ‘having a narrow outlook’, having had ‘a sheltered or protected lifestyle’ and ‘been polishing my boots while others outside live real lives’. Not to mention being ‘somewhere to the … Continue reading

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The Gym Culture

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsAs a regular attendee (albeit initially reluctantly) at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College (CLC)Sports Club, located about 5 minutes brisk walk from Hanover House B&B (www.hanoverhouse.org) in central Cheltenham, I have observed some of the different types who frequent the … Continue reading

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The Etiquette of Breakfast Dressing

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsA popular subject in the press – and in our own experience – has been that of acceptable dress codes in many walks of life. The suit has declined in many work places and professions, there are discussions on … Continue reading

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