All posts by "Mark Henderson"

Gratifying words from a neighbour



A fellow-resident of my native village, Old Glossop, put an envelope through my door a week or so ago. Inside it was a little card from “Paul, Diane and Ellie the Dog” containing a handwritten verse about my book Cruel…

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The Oxfam scandal



News broadcasts a week ago resounded with the story of sexual exploitation of women in Haiti by Oxfam aid workers after the devastation of 2011. It now seems that this wasn’t an isolated incident. Workers for Oxfam and other aid…

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Flash and further!



We’ve had a glorious morning. Yesterday, snow covered the branches and walls. Last night there was a hard frost. Our village awoke to a cloudless blue sky, winter sun struggling to melt the frozen snow, sending fine showers of flakes…

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The first sniff of Spring



As January shivers towards its final days I feel renewed optimism. The hours of daylight are undergoing their slow but inexorable annual increase, the antidote to seasonal affective disorder. Snowdrops are flowering in my garden and so now are the…

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A Rant About Sexism – of Both Kinds



I wish my readers a belated Happy New Year! I have some happy things to report, which I shall do in another blog (soon!), but right now I need to let off steam so my blood stops boiling. I’m sick…

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Reviewing the year past, previewing the year to come



As we approach the end of 2017, and the time has come to offer seasonal greetings to all my friends, I reflect on what’s been a busy but productive year for me. I try to keep up with posting blogs…

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Mists and mellow fruitfulness



The days are growing shorter, leaves are falling and seasonal melancholy fills the air. Walking my neighbour’s fat dog has given me the opportunity to see the best of autumn in one of our local parks. The maple tree opposite…

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The NHS in crisis



Before the end of the Warsaw Pact, when Eastern Europe had Communist regimes, I visited countries in that part of the world several times (USSR, Poland, East Germany). The British Embassies in their capitals always inspired me with pride. They…

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Harassment and abuse



Sexual harassment and abuse accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein have made news headlines on both sides of the Atlantic during the past week or two. Mr Weinstein has become the target of a media feeding frenzy, and most people…

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Campaigns for Independence



During the build-up to Scotland’s independence referendum of September 2014 we learned a lot about campaigns for independence. The topics debated included democracy, the economy, international relations, defence, immigration and border controls, citizenship, agriculture, energy provision, taxation, welfare, childcare, health…

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