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

I’ve been meaning to write a blog about Brexit for a very long time, but the story has been unfolding so fast, and the ramifications…

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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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A very sad centenary

A very sad centenary

On this 100th anniversary of the worst day in British military history, I want to pay tribute to those relatives of mine who fought in…

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The blackest day in UK history for 77 years

The blackest day in UK history for 77 years

I cannot see how the EU referendum result is anything other than a comprehensive disaster, the worst day in British history for 77 years. And…

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The Disunited Kingdom

The Disunited Kingdom

Here I shall be posting some of the better articles I’ve read on the ongoing British nightmare that David Cameron has bequeathed to us Brexit…

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The Breakers of Britain - my view of the Brexiters

The Breakers of Britain – my view of the Brexiters

On the UK Climbing website that I frequent, the subject of the EU referendum has loomed large in recent threads in the ‘Down the Pub’…

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"Something rotten in the state" of our press

“Something rotten in the state” of our press

In his characteristically succinct and articulate way, James O’Brien perfectly sums up the role of Kelvin MacKenzie and Rupert Murdoch in promoting all that is…

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