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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 […]

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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…