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My Review of the Year 2016
January In it was 2016 twenty years since the Newbury Bypass protests. A defeat that led to a famous victory, the snowy woods of Newbury were where it all began for me as an eco-warrior. The Guardian's John Vidal, who had been
ignoring my press releases fo...

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Eight Decades of the Soviet Union
Twenty five years ago today the world lost a superpower. That sort of thing doesn't happen very often. To
those of us on this side of the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Union was
usually presented as this grey monolith that never changed. Over here
the Roaring...

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Seven Decades of the Soviet Union
Twenty five years ago today the world lost a superpower. That sort of thing doesn't happen very often. To those of us on this side of the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Union was usually presented as this grey monolith that never changed. Over here the Roaring Tw...

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The Case Against Fracking
This is a presentation I gave as part of a debate at the Glossop Guild. The case against fracking, in just over 40 minutes. REFERENCES Fracking What is fracking? TalkFracking Traffic Issues In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom Houston Public Me...

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Who inspired Suzanne by Leonard Cohen?
' Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river ' So it's RIP Leonard Cohen. Poet, song writer and performer even in his final years. He will be missed. But what about his most famous song, Suzanne ? A much covered tune, including by the early Fairport...

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Labour Party Occupied?
It's been rather strange to watch an election that I'm not allowed to vote in. Despite being a member of an affiliated trade union myself, and despite my wife being a full member of the party, neither of us received ballot papers. However that doesn't matte...

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Britain's Real 'Fifth Column'
James Fox as the fiction Lord Darlington in The Remains of the Day June 1940, and Britain stands alone against fascism. The entire nation is united behind Winston Churchill as leads the nation in war against Hitler. Or, almost the entire nation. Until almos...

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Five Things Lawrence Didn't Do In Arabia - And Five He Did
One hundred years ago this month, a young British Army intelligence officer in Cairo was getting ready for a mission that would change his life. The war was not going well. On the Western Front the Battle of the Somme had dissolved into a bloody stalemate. ...

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Still pecking furiously
Or why do those at the bottom still support those at the stop? A Tea Party rally Just when you thought that you might be starting to understand Americans, along comes the Guardian with the story of Lee Sherman. Sherman worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, a c...

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Isles of Brexit
Four years ago Danny's Boyle's Isles of Wonder opened the 2012 London Olympics. Everyone said the show would not be as extravagant or spectacular as Beijing in 2008. It wasn't. The press also uniformly said it would be embarrassingly awful. It wasn't. Inste...
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