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 2019

George Stainforth biography – coming 2019

March 2018 update. Further research has revealed that some of the outline below is no longer quite correct (I shall update it shortly). The true story…

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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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Ken Wilson: 7 Feb 1941 – 11 Jun 2016

Ken Wilson: 7 Feb 1941 – 11 Jun 2016

On June 11, the British climbing world lost one of its greatest advocates in the inimitable form of Ken Wilson. For a decade, from 1969…

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