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Last Refuge

Last Refuge

The Union Jack has been in the news a lot recently, and not for vexillological reasons. Fun with Flags, you might say, but there’s something serious going on here. National symbols, love of country and loyalty to it - these aren’t trivial issues. They pertain to the very fabric of our or any other nation.  [...]

You, your organisation and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

You, your organisation and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

There - an object lesson in how to grip an audience with a title.  But bear with me. Behind the wordy headline there might be a few nuggets worth reading, not least because I’ve done extensive background research (15 minutes online, which I understand is sufficient these days to support a firmly-held opinion). From this [...]

Allied Forces

Allied Forces

Football is, of course, the beautiful game. I’ve been entranced by it since my youngest days. It provides a common, almost universal language. And whether you like the game or not, it runs through our national culture like letters through a stick of rock.  My team is Charlton Athletic. I started supporting Charlton not long [...]

A lesson from the Capitol

A lesson from the Capitol

My previous blog, about being a British European, led to an extended conversation on Twitter about my contention that the European Union has made a major contribution to peace in Europe since 1945. I welcome the challenge, because it made me explore even more deeply my thinking on the subject. My Twitter correspondent couldn’t see [...]