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HM Queen Elizabeth II – my memories

Like many millions of people, this week has been one of profound sadness. The sense of loss – akin to losing a family member – is acute. However, unlike the loss of a parent or grandparent, when it’s possible to get together as a family, to share stories, to remember those personal moments, the passing […]

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Review: Soapbox, a play by the Young Everyman Playhouse

First night review **** Liverpool, England – 3rd November 2021 The Young Everyman Playhouse’s performance of Soapbox is not for the faint hearted: for those whose political persuasion is more blue than red, or for those of a certain generation who struggle to understand the importance of inequality in all its forms, this is a […]

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Ransomware: are we doing enough?

Revised 28/1/2022 – On the face of it, Somali piracy, which dominated the headlines between 2009-2012, has very little to do with today’s ransomware epidemic. One took place at sea, involving groups of young men, armed with AK47s and RPGs, operating from skiffs, targeting poorly defended international commercial shipping and ocean-going private yachts, at random […]

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It’s been a year already!

When my book was published last summer, the emotions I felt were a mix of relief and excitement. The former because anyone who has written a long thesis, or even a book, knows how challenging it is and how much it consumes your life. The latter because when something you have written is suddenly out […]

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The Shoot Out: a poem written during the Euro 2020 shoot out

Hearing the shouts, differing volumes, guessing which side they belong to. Waiting for the horns, Watching the roads fill up, Wondering who would prevail. Then the silence, No more cheers. The horns start up again And that’s it. Another defeat, another victory Who knows? The cheers are loud, The echo shapes across the leaden sky. […]

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Mourning Mozambique’s Insurgency

Watching the emerging crisis in Mozambique has triggered many fond memories from 2007 when I deployed to the country with the UK’s Joint Force Headquarters on a 3 week exercise as their Portuguese interpreter. Our epic journey began at RAF Brize Norton and took in a refuelling stop at Ascension Island. As dozens of troops […]

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‘The Balkanista’!

The journey publicising my first book, ‘Under A Feathered Sky’, took an interesting turn today. After making contact with Alice Taylor, a British journalist who has made Albania her home, I was invited to join her podcast ‘The Balkanista’, where we talked about Albanian hospitality, raki, the complexities of Kosovo’s struggle for independence and recognition, […]

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Klan Kosova TV – interview

I joined Rina Mujku this evening on Klan Kosova TV’s ‘Info Magazine’ programme, to talk about Under A Feathered Sky. The interview was pre recorded over the previous weekend so that subtitles and editing could take place. My breakfast room at home is hardly a sound-proofed studio and minutes before the recording began, my neighbour […]

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Under A Feathered Sky: the book launch

On Wednesday evening I was delighted to join Professor Martin Bricknell at the launch of my book, hosted by King’s College London. With over 60 attendees signed up from across the globe, it was a a great opportunity to discuss the book in much greater detail with a very diverse audience. The talk, followed by […]

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Online Book Launch event

I am delighted that King’s College London has chosen to feature Under A Feathered Sky in an online book launch event on 21st October. Hosted by the School of Security Studies, I will be discussing the book in conversation with Professor Martin Bricknell, before finishing the event with a live Q&A. The book was written […]