Monthly Archives: January 2012

The ‘Great War’ Remembered

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThe ‘Great War’ of course was named, not because in modern parlance it was good or magnificent, but because, rather like the titles of exceptional monarchs (Alfred the Great, Catherine the Great, Frederick the Great etc.) it was considered … Continue reading

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A Rather Un-‘Lady’-like Occurrence

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThe Lady magazine regretfully seems to have fallen on difficult times. Following internal strife and tensions in the magazine, after its new radical editor Rachel Johnson had revamped it and changed its appearances, it seems to be tightening its … Continue reading

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A Right to Self Determination?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThe current debate on Scottish Independence has been rolling on and gathering a large head of steam. Of course it is still several years until a referendum is called by the Scots Nationalist government (late 2014 at last call) … Continue reading

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A Pastiche of Events

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsAs Hanover House (www.hanoverhouse.org) gets back into its post-New Year routine with the return of some our previous guests, I recount a short pastiche of events and thoughts, recent or ongoing. The first two events that have a loose … Continue reading

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A Twelfth (Late) Night!

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsTwelfth Night falls on 5th or 6th of January, depending on when you start counting Christmas from, and represents the time of the Epiphany. Concerning the latter, Veronica and I attended a superb Epiphany Service last Sunday in Gloucester … Continue reading

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The Dragon and the Trout in Context

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsA bit of a pot-pourri of a title this time, reflecting at least two themes – the first was a recent furore about ‘freedom of speech vs inappropriate comments’ or ‘where’s the British sense of humour gone?’ (before the latest … Continue reading

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Advisedly – A Trip-Up

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsI have blogged about the benefits and drawbacks of Trip Advisor before. As a website providing a service to travellers by recording their reviews of accommodation, holidays, services etc and scoring the quality within their reviews, it is an … Continue reading

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A Titanic Year in Prospect?

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politics2012 brings many challenges to society, the country, Europe and the world in general. Stablity is hardly the keyword with the Arab Spring still sporadically progressing in Syria, Egypt and the Gulf States, and ongoing security problems in Iraq. … Continue reading

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We Endeavour to Enjoy Quality Drama

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThere are regular complaints that television is ‘dumbing down’ and when the Christmas schedule was published, that there was little of real quality on. However I would beg to differ. We now have so many channels, and that’s just … Continue reading

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The Lady at Hanover House

Please Commentgovernment,politics news,politics news,politicsThe Lady magazine this week features two ‘other’ Ladies. The first on the cover is Meryl Streep as Lady Margaret Thatcher in the film released in the UK today ‘The Iron Lady’ (which we plan to see at Cineworld … Continue reading

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