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George Orwell’s First Play

George Orwell’s First Play Iwo Zaluski IT’S not every day that a parent gets a chance to witness literary history being made at a school play, especially so if that parent’s son has a leading part in it. I recall attending a performance, eight years ago, of a play entitled King Charles II by one […]

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Women warriors – women and combat

Women warriors – women and combat Gerard J. De Groot On February 21, the Ministry of Defence announced that Flight Lieutenant Jo Salter of 617 Squadron has become the first female in the RAF to be declared combat ready. The popular name of her squadron, the ‘Dambusters’ (from the famous raid on German dams), has […]

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R.L.S. in Perthshire

R.L.S. in Perthshire – writer Robert Louis Stevenson Dawn MacLeod THAT endearing and enduring essayist and story-teller, Robert Louis Stevenson, or ‘R.L.S.’ or ‘Tusitala’ — as he was variously known — is proudly claimed as a son of Scotland’s capital, having been born at 8 Howard Place on November 13th, 1850. Most of his Edinburgh […]

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Robinson – The World of Paperbacks – new releases

Robinson – The World of Paperbacks – new releases – Brief Article New releases from ROBINSON, part of the CONSTABLE-ROBINSON partnership, are also dominated by history and biography. On the history front we have: Gianni Gaudalupi and Antony Shugaar’s Latitude Zero: Tales of the Equator which looks at those countries through which the equator runs; […]

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The Practice of Diplomacy: Its Evolution, Theory and Administration.

The Practice of Diplomacy: Its Evolution, Theory and Administration. – book reviews Michael F. Hopkins The very word diplomacy has an old-fashioned sound to it. For many it still conjures up images of aristocratic figures circulating between courts and government. offices, arranging secret deals, enjoying a cosseted social life, and having minimal contact with ordinary […]

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Sea Of Denial: Putin’s Russia And The Baltic States

Sea Of Denial: Putin’s Russia And The Baltic States John Donald Ball CROSSING the Finnish border on the Lev Tolstoy train from Moscow felt momentarily like release from prison. I crossed over on the morning of Russia’s Presidential election, 26 March 2000. After experiencing several months of harassment and travel obstruction by the FSB (the […]

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Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness. – Review

Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness. – Review – book review Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness. Ray Monk. Jonathon Cape. [pound]25.00. 574 pages. ISBN 0-224-05172-5. To the British left wing intellectual Bertrand Russell stands as something of a god because of his crusade for ‘intellectual freedom’, his attacks on revealed religion, his anti-Americanism and […]

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The cambridge Urban History of Britain. Volume II: 1540-1840

The cambridge Urban History of Britain. Volume II: 1540-1840 – Review The cambridge Urban History of Britain. Volume II: 1540–1840. Peter Clark, editor. Cambridge University Press. [pound]90.00. 906 pages. ISBN 0-521-43141-7. This second volume covers the period in which England, if not Britain as a whole, became, almost, an urban society. Whereas in 1540 only […]

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Running with Reindeer: Encounters in Russian Lapland. .

Running with Reindeer: Encounters in Russian Lapland. . – book review Running with Reindeer: Encounters in Russian Lapland. Roger Took. John Murray. [pounds]18.99. 365 pages. ISBN 0-71955736-4. John Murray carries on its tradition of publishing travel books of unusual places with this study of Russian Lapland, the area to the north of Finland whose most […]

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Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen – Brief Article

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen – Brief Article – Book Review Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queen. Alison Plowden. Sutton Publishing. [pounds sterling]18.99. ix + 182 pages. ISBN 0-7509-2816-6. The author has made a name for herself as a reliable biographer of royal ladies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In this book she […]