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In the news: Remembrance Day/Veterans Day–11 November 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018 — Remembrance Day Once again, we gather to remember that eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the guns fell silent and the Great War ended. It is time to honour and … Continue reading

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Book review: Mrs. Hemingway

Mrs. Hemingway — by Naomi Wood Ernest Hemingway maintained that the mark of a good writer was the ability to focus on key details, those unique, perhaps evocative, observations that would stand out and render each scene more memorable. (For … Continue reading

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Book review: Camino Island by John Grisham

My list of all-time favorites by thriller writer John Grisham includes The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and The Rainmaker. All are about lawyers and the law. Last week, I read one of his more recent novels: Camino Island (Dell Books, … Continue reading

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In the news: Memorial Day 2018

We honour our troops and veterans on Memorial Day, Monday 28 May 2018. The photograph shows  US Army Staff Sergeant Agnieszka Sosnowska of the 131st Military working Dog Detachment. She is praising Military Working Dog Quaid, who has just completed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Les Parisiennes — by Anne Sebba

What is it that Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) says in the movie Casablanca when Ilsa (played by Ingrid Bergman) asks if he remembers Paris? Rick says, “I remember every detail. You wore blue; the Germans wore grey.” Those lines … Continue reading

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Book Review: March Violets — by Philip Kerr

After the success of the Nazis in the election of 5 March 1933, swarms of Germans scrambled to jump onto the bandwagon by joining the Nazi Party. Such latecomers were termed ‘March Violets’ by the old-time Nazis. March Violets is … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 27 Aug–2 Sept 1945: Japan signs the instrument of surrender

This week in the war, on 2 September 1945, Japanese foreign minister, Mamoru Shigemitsu, signed the instrument of surrender on board the battleship USS Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. General Douglas MacArthur signed on behalf of the Allies. Representatives of … Continue reading

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