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David Beeson
Linguist, health information specialist, amateur historian
Linguist, health information specialist, amateur historian
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Hotel Health Shock
Hotels: they felt so glamorous when I first started a job which meant I sometimes had to stay away from home overnight. 35 years on, some of the sheen has come off that existence. To be honest, the sheen had already faded about two years on. Now it’s someth...
Hotel Health Shock
Hotel Health Shock
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Cities of an emerging nation
Curious country, Italy. It’s where I was born. And it’s taken a while to become a country at all, though it does seem to be emerging as one now. One of my college lecturers told us that immediately after the Second World War, only 50% of the population was ...
Cities of an emerging nation
Cities of an emerging nation
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Remembering on Armistice Day
A telling anniversary: a century ago, the guns of the Western Front of the First at last fell silent. We mourn 20 million dead and 21 million wounded on this anniversary. Well, quite a lot of us do, though I note that President Donald Trump only does so if ...
Remembering on Armistice Day
Remembering on Armistice Day
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A night of shattered glass
Eighty years ago, Nazi Germany took a fateful step towards the ‘final solution’ to the so-called ‘Jewish question’. Mobs of stormtroopers and civilians launched a night of violence against Jewish property and citizens. It was the turning point when legal ha...
A night of shattered glass
A night of shattered glass
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At the source of the movement
It ’ s easy to miss important things if you don ’ t take care. This week, I nearly left Leipzig without visiting the Saint Nicholas church. When I first went past, it wasn’t open, and I decided that it probably wasn’t worth trying again later. But, in the e...
At the source of the movement
At the source of the movement
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Dread anniversary
Amidst all the centenary anniversaries for the First World War, 4 November is one of the more dismal. And one not  to be missed. Picture a young man choosing to join the British army in 1915. In December 1916, as a second lieutenant, he goes with his men to...
Dread anniversary
Dread anniversary
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What we can learn from the Tories: professionalism
You don’t have to support the Conservatives to learn a thing or two from them. After all, in amongst the many things they do badly – being decent, principled or equitable spring to mind – there’s one thing they do exceptionally well. That’s winning and hold...
What we can learn from the Tories: professionalism
What we can learn from the Tories: professionalism
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How the hard left embraces the right
The trouble with the hard left is that it has no anchor. The hard left, including the group that currently controls the British Labour Party, is the ideological wing of the left. So where others are more pragmatic and look to evidence to guide their thought...
How the hard left embraces the right
How the hard left embraces the right
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A road more travelled
It wasn’t just fun to visit our friend Ana in Zagreb over the weekend. It was also highly entertaining. I particularly enjoyed learning a little of her history. And felt one bit of it at least deserved to be shared here. Ana was born in Podbila, Herzegovina...
A road more travelled
A road more travelled
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A lovely city. An excellent meal. Great conversation. And some invaluable insights
The soft glow of gaslights in Zagreb's Upper Town It’s curious being back in a country I haven’t visited for over half a century.  A lot has changed. Starting with its name. Back then, it was just a constituent republic of a state called Yugoslavia. Today, ...
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