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REMEMBRANCE

The Remembrance period starts today in the United Kingdom. This is when we remember the fallen of all conflicts, and many, perhaps most, Britons wear their poppy. Now let’s go back twenty years. This was me in January 2000, when I was doing my military interrogators course as a member of the British Army. This […]

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Angela Merkel is reportedly considering a nationwide ‘lockdown light’ in Germany | Euronews

Originally posted on THE FLENSBURG FILES:
https://www.euronews.com/2020/10/26/angela-merkel-is-reportedly-considering-a-nationwide-lockdown-light-in-germany

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The MP in the HMP

“Go to university, and meet lots of interesting people, including the Future Leaders of this Country,” they told me when I arrived as a fresher at university in October 1989. I did meet lots of interesting people, including my room-mate who got jailed for murder, and Charlie, who later became a Tory MP. Charlie and […]

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Gorbachev Was Right About German Reunification — Foreign Policy

Originally posted on THE FLENSBURG FILES:
Thatcher and Mitterrand nearly stopped it from happening, but 30 years on, reunification remains the world’s most successful geopolitical experiment. Gorbachev Was Right About German Reunification — Foreign Policy A look at Germany’s role in international politics and the key figures that contributed to a united Bundesrepublik.

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Johnson’s smirk of the union address

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:
In his Smirk to the Union address on the bunting channel last night, the performance artiste with the stage name Boris Johnson warned that the threat from the coronavirus was not over, and that “complacency could be our undoing.” That would be the complacency with which a certain Conservative…

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Cuteness on a Stamp

This month’s offering from Deutsche Post is rather cute, I think you’ll agree. Have a look at these two sets, issued this month. Long live nature!

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Barry Arnold in the Pyrenees

Originally posted on Barry's Borderpoints:
My fellow border enthusiast Eef Berns author of the very detailed and informative “The bordermarkers of the Pyrenees” here has very kindly written a blog post about my explorations in the Pyrenees. I throughly recommend his website for anyone considering a border orientated visit to the area.

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Berlin Calling…

My dad loved Berlin. He had worked there 1999-2000. He had visited a couple of times in the 1960’s as a regimental boxer. He and his then girfriend went there on holiday in the summer of 2004, paying £40 return each with EasyJet from Newcastle to Berlin. Bargain! Here’s what I found in one of […]

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The Unwelcome Visitor

Sunray was a serial borrower, but not a serial pay-it-backer. Back in 2003 Sunray was worried that a debt collector was onto him about a personal loan he had taken out about four or five years beforehand.  Only a small amount: about £35000 (thirty-five thousand), of which he had paid back about £800, maybe less.  […]

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Turn up the Volume…

Baker Street.  Home of the famous Sherlock Homes, and of the Chess Shop. It was also a great hit by Gerry Rafferty in the 70’s. Long live the Saxophone!