All posts by "Mark Henderson"

Revisiting Lincoln – a footnote



I returned to Lincoln ten days ago to refresh my memory about the 1217 Battle (see previous blog) and to renew acquaintance with that beautiful little city – which boasts the longest cathedral in England, at one time the world’s…

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More of Amazon’s bad behaviour



On May 25th this year I posted a blog about Amazon’s random and inconsistent selection of book reviews: it posts some and not others, and the alleged basis on which it chooses is not matched by its practice. This isn’t…

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Exactly eight hundred years ago, two old people saved England



In 1215, King John of England was obliged to sign Magna Carta, now regarded as the prototype of one of our most treasured principles: freedom for all citizens under the rule of law. It’s even been considered the harbinger of…

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A boost for national pride



While the UK government has become handicapped and intermittently paralysed by internal bickering, and has succeeded in making itself a source of annoyance and frustration in the European Union and ridicule throughout the rest of the world, something has happened…

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My new play “Bequest” had its first public performance yesterday evening



Well, we did it! The Anonymous Three Theatre Company (Carol, Patsy and me) strikes again! Eighty people in the audience; they laughed at most of the jokes; they applauded at the end… Only one minor glitch with the lines, which…

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A Forced Political Marriage



Theresa May’s bid to increase her majority in the House of Commons by calling an unexpected general election backfired. The Conservative Party suffered a net loss of seats. It remains the largest party in the House but no longer commands an overall…

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The UK General Election, June 2017



Just as the polling stations are closing, I’m sitting down to write this blog. Of course we won’t know who our new Prime Minister is to be until well into tomorrow (Friday 9th June), but most of the polls are…

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Date set for performance of new play!



The Partington One Act Play Festival will be held in the week from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July 2017. Two plays will be performed each evening before a paying audience in the presence of the adjudicator. The adjudicator will…

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The Manchester Bombing



Last Monday evening a suicide bomber blew himself up in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as the audience was leaving a very popular concert: 22 deaths, some 65 injuries, many of them serious. The most intrinsically shocking aspect of…

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Amazon’s inconsistent censorship



My little book of twisted puns, Cruel and Unusual Punnishments, has been selling well and a few kind people have submitted positive reviews to Amazon. Five of these have been posted, though the site counts them as four, or sometimes as three…

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