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Articles : 40
Since : 13/03/2009
Category : Lifestyle

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Butterfly Boy (3)

V Harry had not made many friends in Saudi Arabia. Apart from being a natural loner, suffering initially from the heartache of separation from his loved ones, he was never a good mixer. There was, however, one man in his organization with whom he had struck up at least a reasonable acquaintanceship. His name was Bill Freisch, an American architect,

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be........

Firstly my apology for the lack of posts these past couple of weeks. As you might have expected, with Helen arriving in Saudi, and with a new home for us to establish (as well as both of us in full time, demanding jobs) there hasn’t been a lot of time for blogging. Hopefully, things will start to ease from here on. My topic this week was suggeste

Nanny State Numpties

Three separate stories have raised my ire this week and if you haven't already seen them, please allow me to share them with you, and have a rant in the process of doing so. The first concerns two women police officer in the UK who decided to baby-sit each other's children. This would happen when their shifts were different, in order to save money

Butterfly Boy (2)

III For the first couple of months, Harry Wentworth got on fine in Saudi Arabia. The job was excellent, and because there was a real sense of urgency about it, he felt free of what he often considered the petty restrictions of home. In the past, he had regularly cursed the red tape, health and safety inspectors, and local government busy-bodies who

The enemy of my enemy ......

So far, in all the blog posts of the past months, I have consciously not mentioned the horrific acts that have defined members of my family these past six years: the murder of my son, Michael, and my ex-wife, Dorothy on January 28, 2003. The fact that I am choosing to do so now is because of two disparate, but linked reasons. Firstly, the passage o
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Latest News

It’s been a roller coaster of a week. Firstly, for anyone reading this that doesn’t yet know; please welcome Alexander Andrew Logue into the world. Our second grandchild was born on October 18 in Calgary, and my thanks to our first, Marilena, (who is, of course, the beautiful young lady holding her baby brother shown here) for supplying the pho

A Case for Compassion

Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural. It’s appropriate to start this post with the above quotation from John Berger, whom I note today has just been given the Golden PEN Award for his serv

A Question of Loyalty

I The interview went well and he wasn't surprised to be offered the job. After all, he'd been doing similar work for the best part of twenty years and he knew the region like the back of his hand. He was a little put out a week or so later, however, to be told that they needed to talk to him again. Please don't be concerned, Mr. Church, they'd said

Linda Carty

In case you are unaware, there is a British woman, Linda Carty, currently on death row in Texas. By all accounts, the case against her is deeply flawed. There is an online petition currently available, which will be presented to those in power as soon as the total number of signatures reaches 5000. I just checked, and there's a very long way to go.

Reflecting on Education

There has been, of late, a veritable barrage of negative press about the parlous state of western education. At first, I thought this was a uniquely British disease, but I have also found evidence for it in the US papers. I am advised that it is equally prevalent in Australia and New Zealand, so I’m going to stick my neck out and suggest it is an