Category Archives: history

Think Hard Before You Vote

Attributing the refugee crisis to Assad, or claiming the majority of civilians who’ve been killed have been killed by his military, comes to us straight from the regime change playbook. We heard the same propaganda in the run up to … Continue reading

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Rochelle sets us a one hundred word, flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, each week.  Why not give it a try? In a moment, Jack was on his feet, his chair rattling across the floor; yelling and pointing … Continue reading

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Rochelle sets us a one hundred word flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, every week. Dear Catherine, First of all, many thanks for serving as Regent, whilst I was in France, and also for your Battle of Flodden input. … Continue reading

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Nations: what are they for? It would be comforting to imagine that they’re organised for the benefit and succour of their peoples, but that seems naïve, at best. Every border, delivering apparent unity within, creates a divide from those without; … Continue reading

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Won’t Get Fooled Again

Saturday morning is my happiest time of the week. I was sitting in my favourite Italian restaurant, partaking of a full English, washed down with a cappuccino, feeling laid-back and at one with the world. I was also making good … Continue reading

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I wonder how the world will view the present mess in a hundred years’ time, when they’re writing the history books? Will they be writing about an unprecedented use of chemical weapons, prompting a principled stance, on behalf of a … Continue reading

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