Yesterday we were down in Portsmouth for the Remembrance Day service at which my father (pictured right) was laying a wreath on behalf of the Italy Star Association. This was (so far as I recall) the first Remembrance Sunday service I have ever attended, but of course could not on this occasion have missed my […]

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Lost for an appropriate title for this piece, I made up this title word. (Go on, dig out your Classical Greek dictionaries.) As you’ll understand from what follows, its novelty affords me for the time being a precarious sense of security. And what follows is writeable not because it contingently emerges from a personal incident […]

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In today’s The Independent, under the headline ‘Wear a veil or we will behead you,’ radicals tell TV women, I read: All 15 women presenters reported for work at the official Palestine Television station in Gaza yesterday, in defiance of death threats by a radical Islamic group that is believed to have links with al-Qa’ida. […]

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In the context of my current reading (Easterly’s The White Man’s Burden), Johann Hari’s column in today’s The Independent merits quoting (with all the standard legal disclaimers with respect to copyright and fair use) in full: The real scandal at the World Bank The Bank is killing thousands of the poorest people in the world […]

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