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Gweilo - A Memoir of a Hong Kong Childhood

Martin Booth has written a marvelous memoir about moving to Hong Kong and living there as a young boy in the early 1950’s. Booth, an important British author, was moved to write Gweilo – A Memoir of a Hong Kong Childhood after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004. 601 more words

Coming Of Age Memoirs

An Inevitable End? - Brexit in Historical, Societal and Cultural Context

Was Brexit, in the context of history, society and British culture, always bound to happen?

For some, Brexit was unforeseeable. The connotations of the UK ripping itself out of a deep and complex political and economic union were simply too great and the potential for disaster simply too high. 1,746 more words


#Shorncliffe, #Folkestone the South African Connection

Shorncliffe is justifiably proud of its Canadian Connection. Every year on at least one occasion tributes are paid to the Canadians buried there. The cemetery’s First and Second World War graves being extremely well cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 554 more words

Reprint: British Liberty? (Salient, 1938)

 I found this article (possibly a letter to the editor?) while browsing the NZETC archives of Salient, Vol. 1 No. 11 June 1938 to be precise. 655 more words

Far Right Politics

Brexit Catastrophisation Watch, Part 11 – Neither Imperial Delusions Nor Fearful Retreat From The World

Replacing one slanderous Brexit narrative with another

Janan Ganesh almost gets it right (for once) in his FT column, accurately warning people away from the myth – especially popular with many foreigners – that the vote for Brexit was some kind of reflexive grasp to regain a long-gone empire and adopt a more swashbuckling, colonial-style role in world affairs. 1,583 more words

UK Politics

So Who was Leslie Swain? Missing the Connection #FWW #WW1

It is now April 2017 we have just commemorated Vimy and the Battle of Arras. Which happened “Over in France”. Soon we will be commemorating the arrival of the Americans, “Over There.” Every 11th November we commemorate the dead, who died, “Over There.” We look at the names on War Memorials. 963 more words