CONTENTS

HISTORY STUFF

 

  1. Going Home: The execution, exhumation and the return to Ireland of the remains of Sir Roger Casement

 

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

 

  1. Execution in the Dublin Rising:The British soldiers who carried out the execution of the Easter Rising leaders

 

  1. The Oath of Treason – soldiers of the British Army’s Irish regiments who deserted to the Irish Brigade intending to fight the British in Ireland

 

  1. The lost memorials of a fallen soldier – Dublin GPO 1916.  A young soldier killed in France whose last effects were in the GPO when the Rising of 1916 erupted.

 

  1. Coffee morning talk on Sir John Lavery’s painting of Roger Casement on trial for High Treason – a talk given at the Hugh Lane Gallery during the 1916-2016 commemorations

 

 

  1. The Fourcourts in the 1916 Rising – the occupation of the courts buildings by rebels during the rising

 

  1. The English soldiers who came to crush the 1916 Rising

 

 

  1. The M. & S. Wimereux French biscuit tin and the great war – an ordinary tin of biscuits with an extraordinary story.

 

  1. Notes on a lecture about Roger Casement – Extensive illustrated notes.

 

  1. In some forgotten corner of a foreign field– Story of some of the British military who dead in Ireland 1916

 

  1. Easter week, from the Salopian School magazine, a memoir written by the 17 year old Nevil Shute who was in Dublin for the 1816 Rising.

 

  1. Nevil Schuteand Easter week in Dublin –  the full background of Nevil Schute’s family in Dublin during the Rising

 

  1. An Intelligence Index card from the Irish War of Independence – A British intelligence card about Michael Collins

 

  1. The Road to the Rising – an RTE lecture, describing what Roger Casement was up to in the year before the 1916 Rising.

 

  1. The Black guy who took on Nottingham City Council Nottingham s first public sector racial discrimination case

 

  1. Peter McGuiggan and C battery 78 Bde in world war 1 Death of a soldier at the battle of Arras

 

 

 

 

LITTLE STORIES OF LIFE

  1. I could have been Mr. Universe – body building as a youth

 

  1. On being a boyin 1950’s Gibraltar: Fond memories of being the son of a soldier

 

  1. Revenge and the Winter of Discontent: Getting my own back on a brutal headmaster from my Nottinghamshire Primary   School who caned me more than once…

 

  1. Joining up:Joining the British Army at the age of 15 as a Junior Leader–

 

  1. Borneo – a clean war? Serving with a Laundry and Bath Unit during the Borneo war 1964

 

  1. The Fleshpots of SingaporeA soldiers view of the bars and brothels of Singapore

 

  1. A Cinema experience in Borneoa military cinema in the jungles of Borneo

 

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

 

  1. The Little sods from the 1st Monchen Gladbach Scout troop  – scouting adventures in Germany  

 

  1. Upon being an Exhibit of Bueys–  working with Bueys at the Kassel Documenta.

 

  1. Queens School Rheindalen and the Profumo affair – Schooldays in the cadets in Germany

 

 

  1. Buying Thatchers Family Home for the Working Class – a story from my days in the Union.

 

  1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Native servants(A reflection from Malaya on native servants)

 

  1. Oxford Book Shop Strike  – the strike for union recognition at Blackwells in Oxford.

 

  1. Veiled by Lee Guk HyunA recently purchased disturbing painting by a Korean surrealist

 

  1. Miners Strike – Nottingham – 1984 – a small memoir.

 

  1. Training to be a Military photographer with the Royal Navy:

 

  1. The Loyal Toast– celebrating with vodka the life of the Polish General SiKorski

 

  1. Age related macular degenerationand me

 

  1. A riot in Belfast – description of a few days of rioting on the Shankill Road in 1981

 

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

 

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

 

  1. White women:The effect of white women on soldiers in Singapore
  2. A Child of the Army of the Rhine

 

 

 

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL REVIEWS

 

  1. Barry Humphries and the Weimer Caberet

 

  1. Joyced in EdinburghA review of Joyced, a one person view of Ulysses

 

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

 

  1. Adolf at the Fringe – A review

 

  1. CLINTON THE MUSICAL a review

 

  1. Ruskin at the Edinburgh Fringe– a review of a performance of Ruskin’s Edinburgh lectures

 

  1. Jimmy Carr at the Edinburgh Festival  Sleazy comedy

 

  1. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists– a review

 

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

 

  1. Kierkegaard – the comedy for philosophers

 

  1. Milton Jones at the Edinburgh Fringe

 

  1. Kick Ass Mugenkyo Taiko Drummersat the Fringe

 

  1. The Fearless One – Nirbhaya (The Indian Bus Rape) at the Edinburgh Fringe

 

 

  1. Titus Andronicus at the Edinburgh Fringe  

 

  1. A review of the play -Deepcut-four soldiers shot themselves with their owFn weapons at this RAOC depot

 

  1. Sam Simmons – Spaghetti for Breakfast

 

  1. Titus Andronicus with an all female cast

 

  1. Dermot Bolger’s adaptation for the stage  of Ulysses 

 

 

  1. Edinburgh International Festival production of Hamlet by the New York Wooster Group

 

  1. Becket’s Roughs at the Fringe

 

 

  1. An Edinburgh Festival Diary (with apologies to Pepys)

 

  1. We Wer not amused Review of Paco Erhard, German comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe

 

  1. A Braw Bricht Show   Review of Tam O’Shanter at Edinburgh Fringe

 

  1. History of the  Jazz Piano at the Edinburgh Fringe– a review

 

  1. The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek at the Edinburgh Fringe – a review

 

  1. Age of the Geek at the Edinburgh Fringe– a review

 

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

 

 

  1. Scottish Portrait Gallery and the war paintings of Lavery

 

BOOK REVIEWS

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

 

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

 

  1. Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa– a review of his book on Casement

 

  1. The Last Slave Market by Alistair Hazell– a review

 

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

 

  1. Review of Irish Peacock and the Scarlet Marquess

 

  1. Review of the Curragh Mutiny by Paul O’Brien

 

  1. Review of Crossfire – the 1916battle for the Fourcourts by Paul O’Brien

 

 

ODDS and SODS

 

 

  1. A Chinese Banquetwith the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland

 

  1. The Union Ballot – a poem.

 

  1. Twinkle Egan, Barrister, remembered

 

  1. Edinburgh Charity Shops

 

  1. The Alzheimer’s Carer

 

  1. Gerry Kelly S.C. – a memoir

 

  1. The night I met Elvis

 

  1. Pinterest could be for you!

 

  1. I ran over the cat

 

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

 

  1. Peter McGuiggan and C battery 78 Bde in world war 1 Death of a soldier at the battle of Arras

 

  1. Do you remember Yosser Hughes

 

  1. In Flanders Fields – translated into Irish

 

  1. Artistic approaches to the Forth Railway Bridge

 

  1. Veiled by Lee Guk HyunA recently purchased disturbing painting

 

  1. Dinner at the House of the Dead
  2. RTE have tarnished the Presidency

 

  1. You will grow to hate Dublin Taxis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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