Category Archives: War

God Bless America

Pontificating from my sofa about Syria is not my thing. I know stuff all about it, except I would not want to be fleeing a war-torn country with nothing. Reviewing Port of No Return was an eyeopener in that instance. … Continue reading

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Attaboy

Or rather, Attaboys. Worthy of a Sun headline perhaps? On the lines of Gotcha. (A reference to the sinking of the ARA Belgrano by the RN in 1982.) Readers will know I’m among the first to denounce endless unnecessary military … Continue reading

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Post Charlie (and feminism?)

What journalist could have heard the news about Charlie Hebdo last week and not felt the following emotions? Shock, empathy, and a reminder that we choose a profession that doesn’t make us popular. These journalists weren’t in a war zone, … Continue reading

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From death to trivia

Originally posted on Work of the Negative: A Marxist-Humanist blog:
From the new March-April 2013 issue of News & Letters: Editorial State of the U.S. wars The opening of Barack Obama’s second term made it clear that, despite all talk…

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day coincide this year, as they did in 2007. While Armistice Day, the anniversary commemorating the end of World War 1 falls on 11 November, Remembrance Sunday is on the second Sunday in November. I’ve written … Continue reading

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More rape – of men, and coal

Court-martialled in World War II. For throwing an officer over the side (of a ship). The father-in-law who I never knew, because he had died before I had even met my husband. William was on the way to Dunkirk, and … Continue reading

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Who won the war?

I didn’t know America won it for us all. Did they? I thought we managed it all on our little selves on D-Day. Or whenever. Didn’t Americans come in at the last minute when their ships were targeted somewhere far … Continue reading

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Journalism (4) – politics and Thatcher

Ah. Margaret. How many lives did she influence back then? Or even end? But let’s start at the beginning. Sitting in chemistry class at my private all-girls school. We adored our teacher. Slim, attractive, slick dyed hair, make-up, smart suits, … Continue reading

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Consumerism (7) – it doesn’t matter to me

The much-heralded post and the final one in the series. Perhaps the most important one too. Oh. Why? Because it is the one where you can make a difference. I was going to insert a terribly clever digression here to … Continue reading

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Commonwealth day, colonialism, and imperialism

So, what does Commonwealth Day mean to anyone British? If you even know when it is (helpful hint – today). Is Commonwealth Day a remnant of colonialism? Doubt it. Doesn’t seem like anything in particular at all. Back in school, … Continue reading

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