Remembering Geraldine Alferoff

My close friend and comrade Geraldine Alferoff died suddenly at her home in Knighton, Wales on 21 July. Last Friday at her cremation in Hereford I gave the following address. We will be celebrating her life at an event in Walthamstow, London E17 on 8 October....

Under the Pennines and back in time

Last Saturday was a real highlight for me. I travelled the three miles on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal between Marsden in West Yorkshire to Diggle in Greater Manchester. What’s so special about that – it’s all underground – in the longest canal tunnel in...

Erdoğan triumphs in local elections amid fraud claims

Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdoğan (pictured left) is the clear winner in the local elections held yesterday. With about 98% of votes counted by early this morning, his party, the AKP, in power since 2002, had 45.6% of the vote whiled the opposition CHP trailed...

Four journalists freed in Turkey

It’s been a hectic 24 hours in Turkey with the welcome news of the release of four journalists, Tuncay Özkan, Merdan Yanardağ, Yalçın Küçük (see my blog of 15 December 2013) and Hikmet Çiçek who were accused of committing terrorist acts in the Ergenekon case. Upon his...

Health tourism Chinese style

More and more wealthy Chinese people are flying overseas in search of beautiful faces, clearer eyes and other medical treatments, according to the European Weekly edition of China Daily 1 (7-13 September edition). Written by journalist Yao Jing, the article reveals...