Ten years ago today I was walking around the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau when an email came in from my Doctor to say that the results of my tests can come back and I had Type II Diabetes. There is an irony there in the speech by Obersturmfürer Hössler to Greek Jews about the enter the […]
The world as most of us knew it ground to an abrupt halt in the first quarter of 2020, when many governments closed borders to the seamless travel we’d come to take for granted. I clearly remember the sense of foreboding I felt on the evening of 23th January 2020, when I saw the news […]
Yesterday I mentioned the family history with reference to my mother fighting for her chance to be the first in her family to go to University which got me to thinking about the family and I then realised that today, the 10th was my Nan’s birthday, one she shared with my cousin Peter. I’ve […]
The news this evening (Bogota time) that Daniel Berrigan died in New York at the age of 94 has had a greater impact on me than any of the other deaths that 2016 has brought. I doubt any activist of the 60s and 70s need to be reminded of who he was and what he […]
I landed at Heathrow this morning to pick up a message from my sister attaching this photograph. He had found some old black and white negatives and had been digitising them. She rightly thought I would want to see this one without delay. I posted it on social media as I was walking to customs […]
It's funny how specific objects trigger complex memories. I changed trains in Chester station today on the way to Bangor University for an evening event and I saw the sign pictured in the header of this post. I'm not sure when I first saw it, probably in 1965 when we had a school trip to […]
It will take a bit of time to get to my twist of Marx's famous comment on Religion, and a tirade against Dickens. The clue is in the picture – one of a series of statutes which commemorate the so called Newport Riots arising from the Chartist march in 1839. Newport is a town with […]
Excitement mounts. In a couple days I'll be flying to Jakarta as one-sixteenth of Cappella Martialis to sing Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem together with the Reformed Oratorio Societies Jakarta and Singapore at the Aula Simfonia – incidentally, Jakarta's first and so far only symphony concert hall. The plan is to perform and then engage in […]
Yainnis Gabriel recent reflection on his 2008 article in Organisational Studies triggered some thoughts on my own presentation style over the years, and some good memories. I still remember my first public presentation at the age of 10 on the 14th October 1964 on the stage in Bryn Coch Primary School. It was a mock […]
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