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A hero’s welcome

Dunkirk – THE UNTOLD STORY!! – For The Oldie

The Kings and I

A festive gripe about Cornelius’s lovely ‘Three Kings‘ – and the solo I have never got to sing in it. – For The Oldie

Summoning Pearl Harbor

A commemoration of Pearl Harbor, through Alexander Nemerov’s ekphrastic explorations. – For The Oldie

Mortality 101 – or; Catullus at the graveside

The Oldie runs my poem for the Armistice commemorations. – For The Oldie

I ink, therefore I am

On the choice and acquisition of my one and only tattoo. – For The Oldie

We were soldiers, once

How I went from Oxford choral scholar to British Army squaddie (in just under a dozen years). – For The Oldie

Veterans of modern wars

In a mid-September interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Baron Richards of Herstmonceux (GCB, CBE, DSO, DL – better known as General David Richards, former Chief of the Defence Staff) made a comment to the effect that “a part-time soldier cannot be as effective as someone who’s devoted his life to it and puts on a [...]

‘Understanded of the people’?

The Prayer Book Society helps trainee priests with the ‘Shakespearey’ language. – For The Oldie

I came, I saw, I conkered

A little bit of seasonal nostalgia. – For The Oldie

An unsigned note

Oldie readers will need no reminding that the heart of John le Carré’s ‘Circus’ – indeed, of his entire ouevre – is one George Smiley OBE. From Call for the Dead (in ’61) to the classic ‘Karla trilogy’, and on til (almost) the collapse of Communism, he battled foe and, sometimes, friend, quite often in [...]