Christmas in Mexico

Christmas in Mexico is stuffed full of family, tradition and spirit. My three children bathed and clean in their pajamas, in my hand a precious book from Tere’s collection of children’s picture books.Now, that the children have grown up the books are carefully boxed up and put away. The sweet smell of their clean skin […]

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Smart thinking: shaping different futures

Certainties trap us in the past with what has been, under the assumption that the future will be like that too By Bryan Greetham In his book The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb asks us to imagine how little our understanding of the world in 1914 would have helped us guess what was about to happen. […]

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Meet Your Ruling Class.

The rich live in another Britain, a magical country, a Narnia, a Middle Earth, and they sneer at us for wanting to live there too. I’ve walked the Pennine Way as a boy, I’ve walked in Scotland and the South Downs and it always surprises me. There are so few trees. ‘They keep it that […]

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What has the EU ever done for us?

Most of the problems people have, which caused them to vote Leave, are created by our own governments and NOT the EU. By Wanda Lozinska, Wanda Lozinska, a stalwart of Stroud Labour Party and ardent Remainer on the left, responds to James Tweedie’s article: “Don’t Remain in Denial about Brexit” “The UK’s trade with non-EU […]

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Don’t Remain in Denial Over Brexit

James Tweedie, former International Editor of the Morning Star, argues strongly for a merry Brexit By James Tweedie Sunday December 13th proved unlucky for some as the Brexit can was kicked down the road yet again, dashing hopes of celebrating a merry Brex-mas before the 25th. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President […]

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Fathoming Chile’s Continuing Crisis

Chileans are trying to awaken from a nightmare, which has been recurring for decades and retains its vivid horrors By Juan Carlos Chirgwin It is easier to understand the plight of small countries if we turn to history and acquire a broader, more global perspective. Looking back in history it is easy to detect a […]

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British Artists in Mexico

England is, as far as colours go, fairly subdued and uniform. Mexico is the opposite By Simon Brewster Although I have lived and worked in Mexico for almost 40 years, my first impressions of the country are still very vivid. After landing in Mexico after a stopover in the Bahamas, as we drove into the […]

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Looking back at US participation in the Iraq War*

I was very curious to hear the opinions of former US army people working in the Middle East on the war in Iraq. By Phil Hall Colleagues of mine working in the Middle East had retrained as English teachers. One of them had been a prison guard in Guantanamo and one of them was a […]

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Extracts from Visions in the Rock*

A visit to Al ‘Ula and the tombs of the Nabateans Photo-essay: a lightning trip to Meda’in Saleh By Phil Hall Next day, at work, Dunstan had a proposal. He wanted to go on a road trip to Meda’in Saleh. Quickly, Peter invited me to go along too. ‘Meda’in Saleh means the City of Saleh.’ […]

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Escaping the Monkey Trap

By Bryan Greetham. We are busy producing a generation of the most sophisticated recyclers of received opinion In Robert Pirsig’s best-selling book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, he describes ‘the old South Indian Monkey Trap’, which consists of a coconut, which has been hollowed out and chained to a stake. Inside there is […]

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Poet of Honour: Imtiaz Dharker

Poet of Honour is a series of Ars Notoria and Word Masala Foundation’s celebration of some of the best contemporary poets who have become iconic and a major inspiration. l am profoundly grateful that Imtiaz not only agreed to be a special guest for us to celebrate Christmas but also share as a special treat for you her trademark artistic expression in sketches.

Merry Christmas!

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