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Do not abandon them now...
Do not abandon them now

On 6 June 1944 they gathered. Hundreds of thousands. Men and tanks lined the beaches, waiting for the moment to invade France. They came to protect Britain at one of the darkest moments in our...  ...read more
Should I cancel the...
Should I cancel the Valium

On Saturday, nerves jangling, I watched my football team - Aston Villa - play rivals Albion for a chance to be promoted to the Premier League. Before the match, in typical  pessimistic...  ...read more
An Englishwoman in...
An Englishwoman in America

Last night I was watching Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. A hapless hotel manager from New Jersey not only had to Google recipes in the kitchen before cooking them, his customer style with...  ...read more
Education about each...
Education about each other is vital

The Queen has announced the State visit to the UK of the US president in June, on the occasion of a wartime anniversary. But already childish people are planning protests, and the current leader...  ...read more
The power of the media...
The power of the media

A  new group in town, Extinction Rebellion, is protesting against climate breakdown. The world was in tears about ancient Notre Dame in flames, the coverage generating donations of billions....  ...read more
We can do better than...
We can do better than this

Home to a sunny England after observing America at first hand. How does it differ from Britain? Don’t be fooled by the apparent same language. US culture is foreign. Attempted discussions...  ...read more
American customer...
American customer service is still alive

It’s nearly two weeks since arriving in the US and I’m pausing for a moment of reflection.  Yesterday we were out walking. It was still cold but the sky was azure blue and the...  ...read more
Cherish the life of your...
Cherish the life of your family

Sunday may have been mother's’ day in the UK, but I was in Maine! A frenetic week. A wonderful, emotional wedding and family get-togethers. Below is an exclusive snippet from my...  ...read more
One million peaceful...
One million peaceful marchers

Extraordinary scenes in London, not seen since the Iraq war. One million peaceful marchers plus a petition to the PM of 4.5 million. That’s what happens when the result of a people’s...  ...read more
Never they shouted...
Never they shouted

I’d wanted to watch top-rated film Darkest Hour for a long time as Churchill features strongly in both Lamplight and Vichyssoise. The film didn’t disappoint. Bizarrely, at exactly the...  ...read more
Over the biblical three...
Over the biblical three score years and ten

As I’m now well over the biblical three score years and ten, what have I learned about the world?  People are different but why? Think of it like a cheeseburger: layers and layers of...  ...read more
Starting a new life...
Starting a new life

In a few short weeks our son will start a new life in the US. Yes, just before the UK’s set to leave the EU, our son flies west - far away from all the Brexit turmoil. Yet, when he arrives...  ...read more
Stop playing childish...
Stop playing childish games

When watching TV’s The Apprentice, a common tactic is to swap the contestants from one group to another. So too in politics, it seems.  Twelve MPs left their original parties last...  ...read more
The metabolism of the...
The metabolism of the world

There’s nothing like being ill to give you a different perspective on the world. So, as I cough my heart out, how can we help ourselves?  First, personally. When you need to get up in...  ...read more
So much is a compromise...
So much is a compromise

Nothing’s perfect in life. So much is a compromise. Britain’s in a state of flux at present  but is a breakthrough on the horizon? A promising end to the Brexit stalemate has...  ...read more

 

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