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Published: Jun 21 , 2018
Author: Stephen White

The British are world champions at Understatement. From Captain Oates’ immortal ‘I am just going outside and may be some time’ to the pilot of the British Airways plane hobbled by volcanic ash ‘Ladies and Gentlemen this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped’ we are classically modest in our language when things are going wrong. My personal favourite; the epitaph on Spike Milligan’s tombstone ‘I told you I was ill’

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Published: Jun 07 , 2018
Author: Stephen White

Some years ago, I inherited from an elderly uncle a scruffy handwritten family tree of my father’s forebears. Intrigued and interested I did some research and expanded it, including my mother’s family, and then my wife’s family. When the technology became available I used a web-based programme to put it online and make it accessible to others. As a result, distant relatives I didn’t know existed contacted me and the tree grew even taller and wider. Genealogy had turned into one of my hobbies. In this endeavour...

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Published: May 17 , 2018
Author: Stephen White

Many adjectives have been used to describe the attitudes of groupings which populate the further extremities of the political spectrum. Groupings like the Neo-cons and alt-right on the right and the Momentum movement on the left. In centrist circles, the adjectives used are mainly derogatory. One which is not widely used is Empathic. Which is a mistake.

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The British are world champions at Understatement. From Captain Oates’ immortal ‘I am just going outside and may be some time’ to the pilot of the British Airways plane hobbled by volcanic ash ‘Ladies and Gentlemen this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped’ we are classically modest in our language when things are going wrong. My personal favourite; the epitaph on Spike Milligan’s tombstone ‘I told you I was ill’

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