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Remembrance Day: a short story.

I recently did something that I had been meaning to do for 6 years; to have the last medal I was awarded during my service added to my existing medals. I felt a moment of nervousness when I handed over the package containing my medals in the local Post Office to be sent off to […]

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Writing again…

In 2009 I returned to the UK after a notably intense operational tour of duty in Kosovo. Even though bullets were not flying past my ears, the 6 months I spent there made a lasting impression on me. Even two weeks into my time based in Pristina, I knew there was a book waiting to […]

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Resolutions…

Well there is one thing that I can definitely confirm as a resolution; to make 2018 better than 2017. It will not be hard to achieve that. 2017 was the worst year in living memory, for many reasons. But that’s another blog post for another time… So what do I want to achieve this year? […]

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Holiday Thoughts: Barcelona

Like most people across our planet, I was again saddened by the senseless killing and maiming of so many people in what is a beautiful city. Like many, I have visited and enjoyed Barcelona. Like many I have wandered aimlessly around the streets without thinking I was in danger. I tweeted this picture yesterday; I […]

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Living the high life…but getting back online.

Its been a while since I last wrote anything on this blog. I have been head down settling into a new and demanding role, which has included some of the more interesting things in life: travelling abroad, taking photographs; meeting people; and generally living a busy and extraordinary life! These things don’t last forever though […]

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Reflections on Budapest.

  Thanks for reading this short blog and for visiting my site. I know many readers are very interested in my connection with Sándor Görög who lives in Budapest. In fact I can say with clarity that my experience of visiting Sándor this Autumn was a highlight for me and it marked the end of a […]

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Getting Away From It All

Sunset over the Atlantic Its not often that we are able to escape from the rat race. This week I flew out to stay in a family house in a small, near deserted seaside village in northern Portugal called Moledo. I have only ever been here in the summer and the difference is stark. The […]

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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 […]