Monthly Archives: February 2016

Exit

“Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.” The words of Alexandre Dumas. There has certainly been little love and plenty of suspicion in the relationship between the EU … Continue reading

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The Fence

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” The words of J.R.R. Tolkein, and as applicable to the problems of the Middle East today as to those of Middle … Continue reading

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Venice

“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.” So thought Plato, and he certainly did plenty of thinking. Unlike, perhaps, those politicians who seek our votes and … Continue reading

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Family

“You don’t chose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” The words of Desmond Tutu. Or, if you prefer, there is George Bernard Shaw, “a happy family is but an earlier heaven.” And, although … Continue reading

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