Monthly Archives: January 2016

What a surprise!

My wife Jan, and I often take the time to just chat to one another especially when there is nothing of interest on the T.V. a few months ago we were talking about now long passed over relatives and some … Continue reading

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President Churchill?*

Winston Churchill had the same qualifications as Barack Obama to be president of the USA. That is, an American mother and a non-American father. Perhaps that was the real source of the Special Relationship. *If he’d be been born in … Continue reading

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EMMA

I am proud of Emma She is a fine Granddaughter Now, just short of her thirteenth birthday She is smart, energetic and vivacious I am always pleasantly surprised to see her. Recently she has shown an interest in simple music … Continue reading

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A Flexible Psychopath: Adolf Eichmann and the Hungarian Jews, 1944

The moral degradation of the Nazis extended from Munich in the 1920s to Budapest in 1944. Boorish posturing in Munich was transformed when the Nazis became the government (1933). Their rhetoric was codified into the Nuremberg Laws (1935) reaching a … Continue reading

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The Great Escape

I go on holiday like an escaped prisoner The fearful airport has armed warders patrolling Surveillance cameras and hidden profilers Dogs sniffing, menacing, fear-inducing. Impeccable papers Confidence-inducing papers. My papers. My thousand yard death stare keeps them at bay Slitted … Continue reading

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Meritocracy Meets Networking in the White House

Andrew Sullivan (2009): ‘I remember back in the late 1990s, when Ira Katznelson, an eminent political scientist at Columbia… …came to deliver a guest lecture. Prof. Katznelson described a lunch he had with Irving Kristol during the first Bush administration. … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Visit

Jan was not over keen to attend an estate coffee morning meeting the other day, so I suggested that I would take her to lunch somewhere. To my pleasant surprise, she readily agreed. By eleven thirty that morning we had … Continue reading

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