Echoes of the 9th Century in Our Time

This article was first published in New View magazine Issue 81 Autumn 2016 “Matthew was an angel as a young child – sensitive, well-behaved, affectionate, often joyful, and often dreaming away on another plane. After turning nine, however, he soon changed into quite a different person.  He was sometimes rude and critical, and often moody if not downright wretched…. Prior to age seven or...
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Britain and Japan: “Wolf Hall” and “The War of Flowers”

                                                  This article was first published in The Present Age magazine Vol.1  No.2 May 2015 Britain and Japan, the two major island states at the opposite ends of the great Eurasian continent, have played crucial roles in the accelerated modernisation of both West and East. They have both made many...
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Back to Buccaneering and the Jolly Roger?

This article was first published in New  View magazine 3rd Quarter Summer 2015   I am myself. I “identify” with myself and am responsible to and for myself and my actions and for the care of my body. I am also a member of the human race, the extended human family or community, and identify as such. I am aware of the body of the world, which supports my earthly existence, and I...
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William Shakespear – Saudi Arabian Pilgrim

This article was first published in New View magazine No.75 April-June 2015 Canterbury -  the capital of the English shire of Kent, the shire closest to the European Continent. It was an ancient Celtic and then Roman settlement, where St Augustine arrived from Rome in 597 to convert the Anglo-saxons, beginning with King Aethelbert of Kent, whose Christian wife Bertha was a Frank (another...
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日本の危機?好機?福島(福運の島)

来年で還暦を迎えると、私の日本で過ごした時間は人生の6分の1になる。日本は私にとって非常に身近な存在であり、その国土、社会、文化を思うと感謝の念をおぼえずにはいられない。
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Rhodes, Russia and the “Islamic State”

This article first appeared in New View  magazine Issue 73 Oct. – Dec. 2014 How do I go about making sense of what is happening in world events? When a scientist observes the natural world, he does so having first studied and familiarised himself with a number of fundamentals in his chosen field, and he seeks to understand the phenomena in the light of those fundamentals. If one is...
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