Brexit makes me angry, and you should be too

BREXIT makes me angry. It makes me very angry. This, as they say, might just be the proverbial understatement. There are no gritted teeth, just a visceral...

It’s time to call Theresa May undemocratic

THE debate over Brexit isn’t about Brexit anymore. It’s about democratic accountability and the limits of referenda in modern politics. They are, bluntly, a fad. There is no...

Votes for life must only be the beginning

WHEN proposing better voting rights for expats abroad one of the most common questions is ‘why?’ The argument follows that if someone has left the UK, there’s absolutely...

Why it’s time for overseas MPs

BRITS overseas are a curious bunch. For the folks back home it looks as if we’ve sailed away for sun, fortune and a better life. But that’s...

Pause to confront our doubts

‘Seeing,’ they say, ‘is believing,’ yet how often do we also hear ‘I really couldn’t believe my eyes,’ indicating that at times, even seeing can leave us...

Ocular conundrum

PETER had once again thwarted the telly’s ambition of non-compliance with my wishes, even if I asked it ever so nicely. He had returned from whence he...

Passports are a hint of things to come

WITH little surprise, it turns out the ‘new’ blue British passports are now to be made by a Franco-Dutch company. The irony can’t hit hard enough. Lord Palmerston once...

To streak or not to streak #2

Embarrassing does not adequately describe my predicament. I was separated by the open hallway from modesty and my bathrobe and someone was at the door. My choices were:...

Guns will stop the US government? Give me a break

EVERY schoolboy and schoolgirl across the world know these word. Well, the ones that haven’t been slain in one of the 18 school massacres this year in...

To streak or not to streak

IT was somewhat later than my usual showering hour, because I had done the fireplace first. Thus I was in my fireplace cleaning clothes, which are not...

Not always right

WE learn through life that some opinions are right and true, and some are disproved by the relentless march of time. As a child I had to...

Pause for thought in Lent

WE do of course all like to be popular and therefore many of us are sometimes tempted to pull off some sort of stunt to grab attention....

A drive in the park they said

GO for it, it’ll be fun, they said. As my driving licence had expired I had little choice but to do so.’ What caused me anxiety was...

The dark side of the moon #3

I WAS still not confident that the English speaker, despite speaking very good English, had fully grasped the situation of our fire. If her local knowledge, or even...

Pause for Lent

NOT having been brought up in a family that followed the religious calendar, I always thought Lent had something to do with borrowing and was quite puzzled...

The dark side of the moon #2

THE English speaker had grasped the bones of the situation - we had a fire in the campo, and we wanted the Bomberos. ‘Where is the fire?’ ‘In...

Is Batfleck the hero for the Trump generation?

THE Justice League is out, and the verdict isn’t great. Who cares, you might ask, it’s only a film. Well, for one Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are the mythological...

The dark side of the moon

OUR doorbell had decided to work, so I noticed that someone wished to speak to us. As the doorbell had made a special effort, and because I am...
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