Life at its best

Life at its best

I’ve just returned from revisiting the island of Skye after an absence of over a quarter of a century (last visit, June 1994). I’d had…

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Peter Stainforth talks about his war days

Peter Stainforth talks about his war days

In the course of researching the biography I’m writing about air ace George Stainforth, I’ve unearthed a recording of my father, Peter Stainforth, talking about…

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Secrets of The Shining

Secrets of The Shining

On Monday 1 April I had the interesting and enjoyable experience of being interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Film Programme (to be broadcast on…

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An open letter to my MP on EU Withdrawal

An open letter to my MP on EU Withdrawal

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA-3.0 PAULINE LATHAM: STATEMENT ON THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 [Pauline Latham’s original remarks are in italics; my…

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1st Para Remembrance Service at Donington, Lincs, 23 Sept 2018

1st Para Remembrance Service at Donington, Lincs, 23 Sept 2018

The annual remembrance service for the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers was held at Donington, Lincs, on Sunday 23 September. The service was well attended…

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The Second Ascent of the Matterhorn

The Second Ascent of the Matterhorn

I recently came across a spectacular aerial picture (taken by Fi Bunn of FiPhotos) of the final 700 feet of the Matterhorn taken from an…

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A Question of Balance

A Question of Balance

The following is written as a counter-argument to ideas expressed in a video about a life that’s committed to climbing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KT8VgfApLE I present it simply…

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Zbigniew Kotowicz : 1950 - 2017

Zbigniew Kotowicz : 1950 – 2017

Psychologist, Philosopher, Intellectual Pilgrim I was shocked to discover yesterday that my old friend, the philosopher and psychologist, Zbigniew Kotowicz, had died last September of…

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George Stainforth biography – coming 2020

George Stainforth biography – coming 2020

May 2019 update. Further setback. I had to have a total hip replacement in April after five months of pain and three months bed-ridden. Now,…

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On the brink? June 2017

On the brink? June 2017

Picture: Wikimedia Commons Some thoughts on returning from an idyllic week-long holiday in Cyprus (… well, attending a friend’s wedding). The weather was perfect Mediterranean…

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How to keep back beauty from vanishing away?

How to keep back beauty from vanishing away?

In this extraordinary, alarming new age, in which the western world seems suddenly to be retreating from the core values of civilisation – reason, love,…

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Happy New Year, Citizens of Nowhere

Happy New Year, Citizens of Nowhere

Above: The Great Fire of London, 1666. Wikicommons. I’ve been meaning to write a blog about Brexit for a very long time, but the story has…

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