Monthly Archives: August 2012

Five generations, 1698 to date

I’ve always been fascinated by great arcs of time as represented by successive generations.  When I was in my late teens, for example, I met an ANZAC veteran who told me proudly of being awarded a medal by Lord Birdwood … Continue reading

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The Ryan effect

The Romney campaign’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as candidate for nomination for Vice-President will not help the ticket; in fact, it could well do the opposite. There is nothing devious about Mr Ryan.  Will that quality damage the cause?

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Lords unreformed

Reform of the House of Lords may look like an inessential matter now, but we will live to regret we did not handle it properly, as a constitutional issue needing careful resolution, when we had such a good opportunity to … Continue reading

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Bologna, 02/08/1980

Today, 2 August is the anniversary of the Bologna railway station bombing in 1980, when the concourse and platforms were thronged with tourists and local people going on their annual holiday.  It as a low point in modern European history.  … Continue reading

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