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In December 1917 the Great War had been raging since 1914 and many lives had been lost in combat on both sides. In the period coming up to Christmas that year, French soldiers were travelling back from fighting in Italy and attempting to go home. Travel was difficult in the Alps at the best of […]

Technology in the early part of the 20th Century was a new and wondrous experience for many people. But the infancy of any technological expansion will inevitably lead to human error, often with catastrophic and deadly consequences. The Paris M├ętro fire of 1903 also known as the Couronnes disaster, after the station where most deaths […]

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” Being half British and half American, Churchill knew better than most the differences between our two people. He was of course correct in saying that and none more so evident than since Donald Trump came to power in the […]

We’ve heard a lot about AI (Artificial Intelligence) in recent years and how it will change our lives. There are some who feel AI could lead to the destruction of the human race, like something out of Hollywood’s Terminator films. That, to my mind, is a little over the top, but AI, robots and automation […]

It’s the sort of comment you would expect any parent to impart to their children. “Never talk to strangers.” Sound advice if you’re a child, but not something you would expect one adult to tell another. But that’s the advice I was given when I visited Los Angeles. “Never talk to strangers. There’s a lot […]

In my writing career it’s something I’ve heard and said many times. “We’re only human and we all make mistakes.” With spelling in the English language it’s true enough and I’ve made some howlers. We are only human and those two words are used in the way of forgiving a tiny error that didn’t hurt […]

Don’t worry, Cyprus hasn’t suddenly been overrun with crocodiles biting people’s feet off. It’s a bit more subtle than that and nothing to do with animals. Ten years ago I moved to Cyprus from England. One of the main reasons was warmth. I suffer a little with arthritis and the winter months in England were […]