Monthly Archives: March 2012

Man of God

I’ve told this story before, but now’s the time to tell it again.  When Harold Macmillan was mulling over whom to nominate to succeed Geoffrey Fisher as Archbishop of Canterbury, one of those he considered was Michael Ramsey, a former … Continue reading

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Paris Metro station names

Every time I visit Paris, I get a kick out of spotting street names with a particular resonance or mystery about them, such as Rue du Roi de Sicile in the Marais.  But there are plenty of evocative names on … Continue reading

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Napoleon to the Prince Regent

How nobly French can be written when the writer is as well educated, perceptive and realist as Napoleon was when he addressed this letter to the Prince Regent (who wanted to reply, but his ministers stopped him).

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