All posts by "Mark Henderson"

How afraid of Russia should we be?



Much has been said in the West (and in Russia) against Vladimir Putin. His recent re-election to the Russian presidency by a landslide majority was a transparent mockery of the democratic process, with widespread vote-rigging, not to mention the rule…

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The Skripal poisoning case



On 4 March 2018, a former Russian military intelligence officer and British spy called Sergei Skripal, together with his daughter Yulia, both living in Salisbury, were poisoned with a neurotoxin identified by UK investigators – and subsequently by independent experts…

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Discourtesy



It’s more than a month since I posted a blog. There are reasons, or excuses – high work load, health problems requiring hospital visits and medication, a holiday – but a significant element of idleness has contributed. Idleness is something…

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Public performances



Last Wednesday evening, the snow having largely one from our roads, I drove to the village of Butterton in North Staffordshire, the south-western end of the Peak District, to accept an invitation to deliver an evening’s storytelling. There were more…

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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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