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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
Comedy central continues...
Comedy central continues

Comedy central continues both sides of the Atlantic. Trump’s US government has been shut down for five weeks so he can build a wall to keep out about six illegal immigrants via Mexico,...  ...read more
A tale of two tiny...
A tale of two tiny countries

A tale of two tiny countries... All hell was let loose inside the Commons over a sexist comment instead of concentrating on the Brexit chaos and the Irish backstop. And yet, if they had studied...  ...read more
Are we dancing with...
Are we dancing with disaster

Watching the Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) final on Saturday night, I was struck by the fact that the public voted not on the dancing expertise but the personalities...  ...read more
Brexit pantomime season...
Brexit pantomime season has arrived

Order! Order! Pantomime season has arrived.   First the French. Even though the President has totally scrapped the planned fuel tax rise, still the riots continue. Proof positive that once...  ...read more
The people may no longer...
The people may no longer be sans culottes

200 years ago a little Frenchman with a beaky nose rose to fame but then tried to quell the flames of a French revolution.... Today a similarly-short, sharp-nosed, Frenchman has the same...  ...read more

 

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