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Notes on a lecture – my notes and illustrations on John Lavery’s painting of High Treason, the trial, and appeal of Roger Casement against his sentence of death.

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Trying to organise the Youth Opportunities programme in Nottingham

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When I wer a lad in Gibraltar – big guns and big aeroplanes

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De Profundis compared – two Edinburgh Festival productions compared.

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The Wise and Foolish Wicklow Virgins – discovering Irish murals in an Edinburgh Church

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Traffic Warden Hancock: the tale of a real Nottingham character

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Going Home: The return to Ireland of the remains of Roger Casement

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A child of the Army of the Rhine: growing up in Germany as a child of a British soldier.

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I could have been Mr. Universe – how I never made it as a tough guy

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The Bus Pass – using my bus pass for the first time.

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Fifty yards of Florence – pure magic of the Renaissance

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Four days in North Yorkshire – a break in the Dales

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Three cities and three Airbnb’s – Italy

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With his long hair and Gentle ways – a note on the 1st anniversary of Gavan’s passing.

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I ran over the cat – hiding the truth from my young son

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Forward to Mike O’Donnell’s poem/play, Roger Casement’s 1916

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A Chinese Banquet with the Chinese Ambassador

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The Union Ballot – a poem.

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Twinkle Egan, the Barrister, remembered

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Edinburgh Charity Shops

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The Alzheimer’s CarerT

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Gerry Kelly S.C. – a memoir

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The night I met Elvis

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Peter McGuiggan and C battery 78 Bde in world war

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Do you remember Yosser Hughes

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In Flanders Fields – translated into Irish

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Artistic approaches to the Forth Railway Bridge

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Veiled by Lee Guk HyunA recently purchased disturbing painting

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Dinner at the House of the Dead

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You will grow to hate Dublin Taxis

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On being a boy in 1950’s Gibraltar: Fond memories of being the son of a soldier

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Toton Primary School Nottinghamshire

Revenge and the Winter of Discontent: Getting my own back  on a brutal headmaster at my Nottinghamshire Primary   School

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Joining up: Joining the Royal Army Ordnance Corps as a Junior Leader

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Borneo – a clean war? With the Laundry and Bath Unit at war

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The Fleshpots of Singapore  A soldiers view of the bars and brothel’s of Singapore

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A Cinema experience in Borneo A military cinema in the jungles of Borneo

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With the Americans in Thailand – 1960’s a brief posting to an American Air Base involved in the Vietnam War.

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The Little sods from the 1st Monchen Gladbach Scout troop    

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Upon being an Exhibit of Bueys (A Ruskin experience)

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Queens School Rheindalen and the Profumo affair

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Buying Thatchers Family Home for the Working Class

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Native servants (A reflection on native servants)

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Oxford Book Shop Strike (Blackwells)

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Being arrested on the Bingham Toot Hill school picket line

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Miners Strike – Nottingham – 1984

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The Black guy who took on Nottingham City CouncilNottingham s first public sector racial discrimination case

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Training to be a Military photographer with the Royal Navy:

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The Loyal Toast – Polish General SiKorski

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A riot in Belfast

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Winter of Discontent and the Nottingham Shirehall: A strike story from the winter of discontent 1978/79

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On being in Norway as a Military Photographer: Adventures with a camera in Norway

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White women: The Kiss of a Lance Corporal – Singapore

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A Corkman dies on the Somme: One of the most powerful condolence letters ever written from the front line of the Great War

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Execution in the Dublin Rising: The story of the Sherwood Forester’s soldiers who carried out the execution of the Easter Rising leaders

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The Oath of Treason

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Frederick Hamilton Norway

The lost memorials of a fallen soldier – Dublin GPO 1916.

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Coffee morning talk on Sir John Lavery’s painting of Roger Casement on trial for High Treason

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The Fourcourts in the 1916 Rising

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The English soldiers who came to crush the 1916 Rising

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The M. & S. Wimereux French biscuit tin and the great war

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Notes on a lecture about Roger Casement

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n some forgotten corner of a foreign field – British military dead in Ireland 1916

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Easter week, from the Salopian School magazine,1916

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South Hill, Blackrock, Dublin

Nevil Schute and Easter week in Dublin

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An Intelligence Index card from the Irish War of Independence

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The Road to the Rising – an RTE lecture at the Fourcourts.

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Age-related macular degeneration and me

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Review of AUD by Xander Clayton – The story of a German Navy attempt to smuggle arms to Ireland for the Easter Rising.

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Review of Roger Casement Biography; Jeffrey Dudgeon’s definitive biography of Casement

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Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosaa review of his book on Casement

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Blood on the Streets by Paul O’Brien – a review

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The Last Slave Market by Alistair Hazella review

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Review of Irish Peacock and the Scarlet Marquess

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Review of the Curragh Mutiny by Paul O’Brien

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Crossfire-The Battle of the Four Courts by Paul O’Brien, published by New Island: ISBN 9781848401297

Revview of Crossfire – the 1916 battle for the Fourcourts by Paul O’Brien

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Pinterest could be for you!  –  An icredible story of U boats, sinking, rescue and return

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Aye Elvis – a review of the glorious Elvis show from Aberdeen

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A Letter to BBC’s Feedback – a spoof complaint about a terrible comedy programme

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Tess of the D’Ubervilles – a vivid retelling of the tale by Steve Larkin at the Edinburgh Festival

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An Edinburgh Festival Diary – (with apologies to Samuel Pepys)

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Peploe Exhibition at St. Andrews

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Barry Humphries and the Weimer Caberet

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Private Peaceful – a review of Michael Morpurgo’s plat at the Edinburgh Festival

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Joyced in Edinburgh A review of Joyced, a one person view of Ulysses

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French Sleazebag Nailed on the Stage.   A review of the Presidential Suite at the Edinburgh Fringe, the story of Dominique Strauss Kahn

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Adolf at the Fringe – A review

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CLINTON THE MUSICAL – a review

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Ruskin at the Edinburgh Fringea review of a performance of Ruskin’s Edinburgh lectures

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropistsa review

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You all Know Me – I’m Jack Ruby – Edinburgh Fringe Review

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Kierkegaard – the comedy for philosophers

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Titus Andronicus at the Edinburgh Fringe  

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A review of the play -Deepcut- four soldiers shot themselves with their own weapons at this military training depot

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Titus Andronicus with an all-female cast

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Dermot Bolger’s adaptation for the stage  of Ulysses 

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A Braw Bricht ShowReview of Tam O’Shanter at Edinburgh Fringe

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History of the  Jazz Piano at the Edinburgh Fringea review

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Picasso and Modern British Art at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

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Scottish Portrait Gallery and the war paintings of Lavery

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