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KOPI LEWAK AND THE ENTICING AROMA OF FRANKINCENSE

[In 2007 I wrote this article. A colleague recently sent me a National Geographic Article about Islam in Mexico. It prompted me to return to these words and update them to publish here] “Come, all you who are thirsty … … Continue reading

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PUDDING PERSPECTIVES

Pudding and Beef Make Britons Fight – So, wrote the 18th Century English poet, Matthew Prior[i] describing the kind of hearty foods that had instilled courage and strength through centuries of British warfare – My sister recently sent me a … Continue reading

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EYES CLOSED AND EARS WIDE OPEN

(A Reflection on the Divisions in Our Society)  We have become used to reports of Jihadists driving vehicles into crowds of people. It’s happened prominently in France, Germany and Britain with tragic consequences. However, we were not prepared for a … Continue reading

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A Short History of Recent British Voting

Explanation Following the 1707 Act of Union, Scotland and England & Wales united to become the Kingdom of Great Britain. The 1800 Act of Union united the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland to form the Kingdom … Continue reading

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WE NEED A NEW CONTRACT WITH AMERICA – CAN WE HAVE IT IN NO TRUMPS PLEASE?

Anyone familiar with the game of Bridge knows that players can play for a contract in which clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades are trumps, ranking higher than any other cards. Or they can settle for a contract in No Trumps … Continue reading

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THE BANQUET

Europe is currently facing the largest migration of peoples since the Second World War. Many of those who are coming to Europe are displaced from Syria by the civil war there and the depredations of the Islamic State. However there … Continue reading

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BEYOND HUMAN CONTROL

At least 769 people died in a crushing stampede at the annual Hajj at Mecca last month. Various voices elsewhere in the Muslim world, most strongly spoken by the Iranian government, have accused the Saudi authorities of negligence. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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