Monthly Archives: July 2014

Manoeuvre

“Cry ‘Havoc’ and let slip the dogs of war.” Shakespeare’s words seem to have been taken to heart by President Putin whose dogs of war continue to wreak their own particular brand of havoc in eastern Ukraine. And even the … Continue reading

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Missile

“War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.” So said Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. That was certainly true of the Great War that began one hundred years ago. And … Continue reading

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Revolution

“It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France… at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision… little did I dream that I should … Continue reading

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Independence Day

“Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?” Or, if you prefer: “Commerce with all nations, … Continue reading

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Alcohol

“Wherever the Catholic sun does shine, there’s always laughter and good red wine, at least I have found it so, benedicamus Domino.” So wrote Hilaire Belloc and, when one thinks of the Mediterranean Europe, it is hard to disagree. Poland, … Continue reading

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