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London, England
An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about threats to liberty in Britain
Interests: liberty, travel, photography, writing
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Yes. The Doon School.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Mindrolling in Dehradun at THE LAST DITCH
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My hotel in New Delhi is in the leafy diplomatic district of Chanakyapuri. Some of that extensive foliage nearly took me out today when a tree fell in front of my Uber on the way to visit the Red Fort. Effete Westerner that I am, I thought the driver would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Today I travelled to New Delhi from Jaipur via Agra. My friend and I wanted to visit the thousand-year old step well called Chand Baori and – of course – the Taj Mahal. After breakfast we checked out from the hotel at Jaipur and headed out front to meet the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
This morning I set out again with my guide and our driver. Our destination was the fort in the village of Amer called either the Amer Fort or the Amber Fort. As the official website uses the latter, so do I. On the way, we visited one of the "step... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I didn't make it to Rishikesh, alas. My friend in Dehradun didn't feel up to it, so I spent the day relaxing at my hotel. On Saturday morning, I took an early plane to Delhi and a connecting flight to Jaipur. It's off-season but this is part of the "Golden... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I spent today around Dehradun (known to the British in the days of the Raj as "Dehra" and often to the locals just as "Doon"). It's a lively city of more than half a million souls and the "interim capital" of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The official plan is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
It has been a while since I visited a new country but here I am in India for the first time. Most English people think we have an idea of this place. It is writ large in our history, cinema, television and literature. We've all read "The Jewel in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I am ideologically attracted to any alternative to fiat currency, which gives far too much power to the state. It's a power that has been ruthlessly exploited to steal (at least that's what it would be called if anyone else did it) from savers, investors and lenders by debasing currency... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
In Focus: The Case for Privatising the BBC – Institute of Economic Affairs. I have been reading another of the books I snagged at the recent Think! conference organised by the IEA. You can read it too, online for free. It's a well-researched, well-reasoned piece of work. It won't please... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Thank you. Yes the scene looks a lot brighter than it did even five years ago. The Enlightenment is not over yet.
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Milo is one of our own, but he has chosen to fight on a bigger battlefield. His showmanship plays better on the other side of the Pond anyway. We only need a few leaders in politics, thinkers in academia and influencers in the arts. If inclined to despair I remind myself just how few post-modern leftists there are. Most people are sensible and disinterested in politics. Their revealed preference (whatever they tell fanatics on the doorstep to get them to go away) is to get on with life in a practical and productive way. Insulated from reality in their post-modern bubble, the enemies of Reason and Liberty seem intent on pushing these normies into politics by leaving them no area of life untouched by it. This will be their downfall.
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Thank you. I would love to believe that's true. Either way, the ideas of the Age of Reason endure and its post-modern enemies in academia are so obviously divorced from reality that the intelligent youngsters they indoctrinate wise up quite quickly after a year or two in the real world They have built such a safe space for themselves in their universities that they are battle-softened foemen not even worthy of our rusty steel.
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I am reading one of the books I snagged at the Think IEA conference last weekend. It's called A U-Turn on the Road to Serfdom and it contains practical suggestions, based on the 2013 Hayek lecture by Grover Norquist, as to how we might effectively work towards a smaller state.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
For the last four years, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has held a conference targeted at students under the banner THINK. Despite my age and my not being in formal education, I attended the first in 2015. I felt a bit out of place but enjoyed it thoroughly. In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
You would be lucky to receive an empty box for your money.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2018 on Movie review: Black Panther at THE LAST DITCH
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One of my lowbrow vices is superhero movies. For me it’s a continuation. My boyhood best friend and I collected and swapped American comic books. I fell in love with the United States through their stories and their advertisements targeting US contemporaries who seemed — from the purchasing power assumed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Five years ago today in New Jersey I stood outside the home of my hero Tom Paine, author of Common Sense, The American Crisis, Rights of Man and The Age of Reason. In his day he was known as “the most dangerous man alive” though his only weapon was his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Family friends, childhood friends, school friends, university friends, work friends and online friends; they come in all shapes and sizes but they are life-enhancing. A life thus unenhanced would be an unbearable prospect so – to any friends reading this – thank you. I appreciate your contribution to my life.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Here is the video of the photo essays my classmates and I made at our Cote d'Azur workshop. At the end there are some bonus shots (a few of them mine). The bonus images were good, but didn't fit the stories we were trying to tell. The title of my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Thank you kind sir. The stats always take a dip when I am burbling rather than ranting, but it's good to know someone enjoys these posts!
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2018 on Home again at THE LAST DITCH
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There is little I like better than a well-maintained open road through pleasant countryside and a great car to drive on it. I had wisely decided not to venture out in search of food last night. I used "Uber Eats" to have a young Frenchman on a bicycle bring me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I set out apprehensively this morning to pick up Speranza from the parking garage where she has been stowed all week. Another British guest's Ferrari was broken into yesterday in the garage recommended by the hotel. I heard him on the telephone organising the replacement of his smashed window so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I was downstairs at 0730 for breakfast this morning so as to be in the classroom with Joe to go through my photos at 0800. I gave him twenty-five shots to whittle down – in the role of photo-editor – to eight final "selects". It was an interesting exercise. Jay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
After our class this morning, we set off to Cannes. This little French town is a second home to me. For decades, I attended the MIPIM real estate fair at the Palais des Festivals every year. Even since I retired from practising law, I have usually visited to stay in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
My best prospect for finding subjects for my photo essay project was Monte Carlo. Flâneurs congregate around the casino there like wildebeest at a water hole. I hoped hunting would be good. First though, our group met at 0730 for a pre-departure portrait shoot in Nice. The local photographer assisting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH