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Just a tree. Or something more?

Just a tree. Or something more?

Is it possible to feel close to a tree? I ask because I’m unsure. But there is a particular tree I know that, when I’m feeling down or miserable, or that the world is an unspeakable place full of unspeakable people, I can go to, and simply by touching it, […]

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31/05/2019 at 10:39Climate Life&Liberty Share the vibe

BBC TV standards still on the wane

BBC TV standards still on the wane

27/04/2019. I’ve no doubt that BBC standards are sinking; with ever-increasing budget cuts it must be difficult to maintain any kind of quality. But even so, last night’s short viewing, after a day in London that left me thirsty for a little quality content, brought not only disappointment but the […]

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26/04/2019 at 23:55Life&Liberty UK

EU agrees post-Brexit visa-free travel for UK nationals

EU agrees post-Brexit visa-free travel for UK nationals

Brussels, 05/04/2019. On Wedneday this week, 03/04/2019, the EU Parliament Civil Liberties committee (LIBE) passed a proposal for visa-free travel for UK citizens post-Brexit, regardless of any deal or no-deal decision in the UK Parliament. The proposal had already been endorsed on the Tuesday by the EU Council’s Committee of […]

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05/04/2019 at 10:11Brexit EU Life&Liberty Travel

Make EU Whistleblowing legislation work – allow free reporting

Make EU Whistleblowing legislation work – allow free reporting

Brussels, 12/02/2019. An open letter to the EU Council. The EU is poised to take a momentous step and adopt a new directive to protect whistleblowers across Europe. This could have a dramatic impact on the capacity and ability of whistleblowing to work in all our interests. We know that […]

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12/02/2019 at 04:00EU Life&Liberty Snowden

This week an EU ‘Big Brother’ administration became almost inevitable

This week an EU ‘Big Brother’ administration became almost inevitable

Brussels, 08 February 2019. While Brussels politicos spent yet another day thrashing about the future form of Brexit amid today’s visit from British Prime Minister Theresa May, the EU Council quietly announced this week that it has reached preliminary agreement with the European Parliament on interoperable information systems in justice […]

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08/02/2019 at 01:10EU Life&Liberty Travel

The First World War trenches – mud, blood and ….. music

The First World War trenches – mud, blood and ….. music

Brussels, 07/11/2018. My abiding image of the First World War is of the trenches. The fortifications that marked the front line between 1914 and 1918 spanned much of Europe, yet in Britain the strongest folk memories come from those in France and Belgium, the appalling carnage of the Somme and […]

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06/11/2018 at 23:54Life&Liberty

Why I ride …

Why I ride …

      Oxford, 15/10/2018. I was musing on the consequences, mental as well as physical, of having an ‘off’ in the last few days. My incident happened last Saturday at dusk, when in a moment of lost concentration on a road I didn’t know, I failed to see a […]

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15/10/2018 at 20:42Auto Life&Liberty

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Brussels, 09/10/2018. Europe’s pension savings gap remains dangerously large, exceeding €2 trillion a year, which is about equivalent to 13% of Europe’s GDP (Mind the Gap 2016, Aviva). This is by far the biggest financial issue facing EU citizens, their children and grandchildren, believes Better Finance in Brussels. With government […]

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09/10/2018 at 17:00EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

Brussels, 19/09/2018. It was at the Byline Festival in August 2018 that I first became acquainted with the term PACs, or Political Action Groups, when American journalist Caroline Orr discussed the baleful influence of so-called SuperPACs on the American democratic process. I had not heard the term before, though had […]

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19/09/2018 at 13:27EU Life&Liberty

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

The cellar in my old house has reached a wall temperature of 20 degrees. For the first time in 28 years, it is actually warm. My local climate has changed – does such climate drying warn of future human disaster, or is this too far-fetched? 13/08/2018. The climate change ‘is […]

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13/08/2018 at 12:06Climate EU Life&Liberty