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A post-Paris UK

Update: I first wrote this blog in the summer, long before the Paris attacks. I didn’t publish it at the time because it really did sound too extreme. But on reflection, I think that the events of the last 7 days have more than justified publishing the post now. In my earlier post I suggested […]

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BBC Radio 4 – the Saturday Live experience!

As many of the visitors to this site will know, I was fortunate to have been one of the guests on the very popular Saturday Live programme this weekend.  It was great to meet Richard Coles and Asmaa Mir, both of whom were really welcoming and interested in everyone’s stories. Even the production team afterwards […]

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Meeting Sandor

Contemplating the interior of a little known Synagogue in Budapest with Sandor. I have deliberately waited a few days before concluding this short series of posts about my meeting with Sandor. I think in part to allow the event to really sink in, rather than allowing it to be something that needed to be reported […]

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From Auschwitz to Budapest: an extraordinary journey

Taking the train: final destination Budapest. Tuesday 3rd November 2015 It’s been very last minute but I am on my way to a country I have never been to, to meet a man I have never met. I am finally fulfilling a personal journey that started in the bitter cold of Auschwitz in 2007 and […]

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Where next after Tunisia?

We always knew that a threat existed against all things Western, but the massacre on the beach in Sousse was still a shock. So should we be surprised?  Growing up in the Cold War era, our lives were dominated by the existential threat of communism and images of the Red Army’s tanks rolling towards the […]

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Carlton Horse Trials – 27th June – photographs

If you would like any copies, let me know…

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International Travel… to Scotland

So Glasgow, what a place. I came up today for two meetings and then hung out in George Square, my first time downtown Glasgow. And what a great first impression. Mind you the day started badly. I never even thought to check the weather forecast and assumed it was as warm as at home. What […]

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At least I’ve won one election…

Whilst pounding the roads and streets of Oakley, Stevington and Pavenham earlier this year while campaigning for the Borough Council election,  I decided to put my name forward for the elected position of Parent Governor at Bedford Modern School. I duly wrote my short bio and election statement  which was then sent out to all […]

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So what’s next?

   Well, possibly playing Cricket here at Pavenham next weekend in fact!  I drove across to the ground to watch their match against Houghton this afternoon and ended giving my details in case they need someone next weekend.  So I’ve dug out my kit from the garage and I’m sort of ready (although a nets […]