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JAN
  We are coming to the end of 20th century politics. Consider. In America you have to raise from wealthy supporters at least $1 billion to fight the Presidential election. If you win, they are richly rewarded. Trump unlike any other president before him foreclosed on all Obama's appointments on the actual day of his coronation. Not the end of the week or the end of the month - to give him time to consider who he should appoint - but on the day. He cleansed the stable. Very rich men,...
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JAN
Yesterday, Royal Trinity Hospice announced I would be stepping down as chair in July. Here's their note:   http://www.royaltrinityhospice.london/news/chair-of-trustees-to-retire         
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JAN
Six Nations Challenges 2017    The six nations tournament is stuck. The same nations - usually Scotland and Italy - fight it out for the bottom of the table whilst any of the other four nations - Wales, Ireland, England and France - fight it out for pole position. It is likely to be Ireland or England's championship as both Wales and France are rebuilding. Scotland have lacked consistency. Now they must learn to win away from home if they are to progress. This season somehow...
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JAN
Social Networking 04/46 9-15 January 2017 Monday MA Essay preparation on India Tuesday  Essay on going Wednesday  Essay writing Thursday  FISP lunch @ Cambridge Street Cafe - Bump: David Brunnen, David Harrington, Clare Anna, Nick, Richard, Mike Rowberry Mihir Bose 70th @ Reform Club  Friday Essay writing Saturday & Sunday Essay writing Shelly Bancroft @ Pimlico La La Land @ Curzon Victoria Bump: Graham Allan MP & Ian Taylor Supper @ Gustoso Bump:...
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JAN
Social Networking 04/41 5-11 December 2016 Monday Charles Walker MP @ Temple Prof Mervyn Frost @ Part Time MA, King's Board Meeting @ Royal Trinity Hospice Bump: David Clarson, Felicity Harvey, Adrian Williams, James Thellusson, Geraldine Walters, William Buller, Clare Montagu, Dallas Pounds, Liesel Payne  Lynne Ager @ Trinity Restaurant Tuesday Dr Jon Wilson @ Part Time MA, King's  Volunteers Party @ Royal Trinity Hospice  Wednesday  IR Seminar @ Part Time MA
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JAN
Social Networking 04/42 12-16 December 2016 Monday KCWToday: Christmas lunch @ CAC  Tessa Marwick @ TC Tuesday Sophia Pudney & Anna Hall @ TC  Wednesday  Indian MA students @ Parliament Bump: Gordon Taylor, CEO, PFA Thursday  Charlotte Lawson @ No.10 Friday  Sarah Gray @ RTH London Hospices Choir @ Waterloo Station Bump: James Hibbert  (Saturday and Sunday: Costa Rica) London Hospices Choir @ Waterloo Bump: James Hibbert
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JAN
Social Networks 04/40 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2016 Monday Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries @ MA Part Time King's College Toni Cowan-Brown @ Cork & Bottle Tuesday F&RC shared call @ Royal Trinity Hospice Denis MacShane @ Pimlico Concussion presentation @ APPRUG, House of Commons Bump: James Thellusson, Dr Tania Matthias MP, Mark Pawsey MP, Paul Flynn MP, Julie Elliott MP, Claire Ward Justine Gomez @ Thomas Cubitt Wednesday Prof Melvyn Frost @ Seminar, MA Part Time King's College Board Meeting
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JAN
Stop the World I Want to Get Off by Derek Wyatt (Published by KCWToday December 2016) I shall be glad to be welcoming in 2017 in Havana. I have just about had enough of 2016.  It started so well. England won the Six Nations after the most appalling display at the rugby world cup which they were hosting. Clearly, the English football team wanted to better that effort and duly lost to Iceland (the country not the retailer) at the Euros.  One way and another Europe has dominated the...
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JAN
Christmas in Costa Rica: the country for all seasons We travelled to San Jose in Costa Rica by BA; the flight was delayed by 90 minutes as the fuel gauges did not match (the recent crash in Columbia was a thought but not spoken) so understandably we had to wait for them to be rectified.  The flight was packed and given it should have left at 0830 most people must have started out around 0200 or so to arrive at an already heaving Gatwick. Still it is such a better experience than...
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JAN
Social Networking 04/45 4th - 8th Jan 2017 Wednesday  Home from Cuba & Costa Rica Thursday MA Essay writing Friday Dallas Pounds @ Royal Trinity Hospice Bump: Marc Stowell, Megan Veronese, Sarah Gray, Dr Sam Lund, Michael Savage Saturday & Sunday MA Essay writing
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JAN
Social Networks 04/39  21-27 November 2016 Monday MA lecture @ King's College FISP @ House of Commons Bump Julian Brazier MP Maxine Vining Don Brand APP Rugby League dinner @ House of Lords*** Bump David Hinchliffe   Tuesday  John Wilson, MA lecture/seminar @ King's College Wednesday  APPHG & APDAG NHS Digital event @ House of Commons* Bump Clare Montagu & Dr George Dibbs Prof Mervyn Frost, MA seminar @ King's College  Dr Zeynep Engin @...
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JAN
Cuba: a rum place to visit by Derek Wyatt Flying to Cuba from the UK is becoming easier. Virgin flies direct and BA should be adding it to its services shortly. The Fidel Castro years are over and Raoul, his brother, is trying his best to modernise the country. There will be huge celebrations in 2019 when the country celebrates 60 years of the Marxist republic. Arriving in Cuba can be a trial.  You will need a special addition to your passport which will set you back £30 and can
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JAN
Letter Published in The Guardian 08.12.16 Dear Sir All the huffing and puffing by the Premiership Rugby about their protocols regarding the assessment pitch-side of a player who might have been badly concussed amounts to a dereliction of duty.   Protocols are frankly worthless unless there has been an established baseline recorded on each player in the off-season. Rugby players, footballers, boxers, jockeys, polo players, bikers et al need to have their brain scanned. When a player...
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JAN
The Living Years by the London Hospices Choir with Paul Carrack Just over a year ago, I began to plan for RTH to have a Number 1 record for Christmas 2016. It is that easy. James Hibbert, another one of my trustees, had had a go for another of his charities: Walking with the Wounded in November, 2015 but my sense was that these things needed a much longer lead in time.  For years I had loved Chris Rea's Driving Home for Christmas and hoped we might be able to record it. I tried hard to...
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