Helsinki.


I’ve been reading the mainstream media’s coverage of the recent meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki with growing astonishment. Even in an age of Trump Derangement Syndrome, I’ve never before seen such infantile, juvenile and venomous coverage of a summit between two world leaders. Watching the press conference, it was only the Russian journalists … Continue reading

Seeing a friend out.


I once had a friend. He and his wife and family had moved in a few doors down. Our youngest sons went to the same junior school, babies really. Anyway, the annual BBQ in May came around and it was the usual dissolute business. Always invite all the neighbours, that way it blunts any possible … Continue reading

The new barbarians.


As an ever so clued up young adult, there was this “what if” game we used to play. It had lots of variations; the most common being if you were holding a dinner party, which five other people you could pick out of history would you like around the dinner table? It was always an … Continue reading

Mixing business and politics.


My father always had what would be called an entrepreneurial streak these days. Given that he was born at the start of the last century, we’re not talking high-tech startups here, but rather knowing he was the youngest son and therefore wouldn’t be inheriting the modest farmstead they’d all been brought up on, he got … Continue reading