Author Archives: John

Lent, a personal reflection

Lent , a personal Reflection Lents like Christmases come ever faster and the fast they impose is ever harder. As I’ve gotten older I find I often eat little and often and eschew the larger meals of my adolescence onwards. … Continue reading

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The Credo of Mary I (Tudor)

The Credo of Mary I (Tudor) History remembers Mary I as “Bloody Mary”; “the Spanish Tudor”; the embodiment of everything extreme. Unlike Elizabeth I whose iconic portraiture presents an elaborately confected enigma the picture history paints of Mary I from … Continue reading

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Je Suis Catholique
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Je Suis Catholique: What can I say but this? There can hardly be a more appropriate moment for the awful prayers from the Requiem Mass: Dies irae, dies illa             ( This day of wrath, … Continue reading

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Beyond Nice: a personal reflection upon these troubled times
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Nice & Beyond Nice was in party mood enjoying the end of Bastille Day in a blaze of fireworks. Like the 4th of July – festivals hardly come in more secular garb than Bastille Day with its echoes of Liberté, … Continue reading

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Last orders in Labour’s Last Chance saloon

Existential crisis….. It is well to keep calm and carry on if one is HM Queen and has successfully carried on for 90 odd years most of them as the UK’s sovereign. Political Parties do not own the hereditary rights … Continue reading

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Jo Cox RIP – the dream shall never die
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Jo Cox’s Politics I will not be in the country when the Brexit result comes in – I’ve already voted. It is no secret I have voted to remain in the EU. Leaving aside my personal views I cannot recall … Continue reading

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Obama backs Hillary Clinton

Obama enter the Campaign…. Sitting Presidents often struggle with their successors and since Eisenhower few Presidents have played a prominent role in the campaign of their party’s nominee to follow them…. As if there was any doubt it is now … Continue reading

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Clinton Super Pac Advert hits Trump where it will hurt
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Donald Trump is as yet unable to organise an advertising campaign for the General election in the Fall. The danger of not being prepared is that his opponent knows a thing or two about electioneering. This Ad may help to … Continue reading

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Local Variations – Labour & the local elections

“All politics is local…”: attrib. to Speaker Tip O’Neil. Can it only be a year ago Labour lost the  UK general election? It was a short night for me after a three hour stint at the polling station. I went … Continue reading

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The US Election: & then there were two…..
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Clinton versus Trump: Four years ago I wrote a weekly review of the progress of the US election. This year I have hesitated to put pen to paper. Perhaps I’m getting too old for all this – perhaps I’ve nothing … Continue reading

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