Category Archives: IR

513. Weekend Rugby Wrap

All Blacks 39 – 21 Wales Wallabies 28 – 39 England South Africa 20 – 26 Ireland By hokey, isn’t it good to have international footy back on? And, away from the singularity of a World Cup, we’re back to … Continue reading

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233. Charlie and Me

I am travelling. In Europe. The first I heard of the Charlie Hebdo murders was at the Immigration desk in Gatwick airport. It was Wednesday evening. We had been travelling all day, and had just arrived on a flight from … Continue reading

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216. Pirates of the Hollywood Boulevard

News that Sony Pictures has pulled the release of The Interview is regrettable, but comparing it with the Munich Agreement (as Rob Lowe did) is a bit of over-acting. For a couple of reasons: this is a tactical withdrawal by … Continue reading

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208. Letter to America

Dear America I am not a citizen of your great republic.  I do not pay your taxes or vote for your politicians. I love many of your cultural products – jazz and Motown and Disneyland and The West Wing and … Continue reading

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198. Standing Up

Recently I wrote about the orcs in the Twickenham crowd who shouted homophobic abuse at referee Nigel Owens. As it happens they have been identified and given a two-year ban. They’ll also be paying £1,000 to the charity of Nigel’s choosing. … Continue reading

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153. Diplomatic Oddities

Andorra Andorra is a small country (area 468 km², population 85,000) in the Pyrenees between Spain and France. It has two Co-Princes, the Spanish Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. Its army consists of twelve men who provide … Continue reading

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144. Beware What You Wish For

So New Zealand has secured a two-year seat on the Security Council of the United Nations.  Congratulations to all the people – politicians and officials – who worked on the bid for the last ten years. To win so decisively … Continue reading

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