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  • The Balkan Blog: No man is an island
    August 22, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, […]

  • Twenty years on, Michael Kapoustin and Life Choice
    August 8, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    “Letters to My Son” is an autobiographical account of Michael Kapoustin’s life in Bulgaria. In it, he describes his time spent in solitary confinement in a Bulgarian prison as brutal. […]

  • The unspeakable in pursuit of the unelectable?
    July 28, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    Carefully mincing up Oscar Wilde’s reference to the British landed gentry with the tragicomic hero from from Victor Hugo’s tale – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – might seem far-fetched […]

  • Greece: More a way of life
    July 25, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    I live in Greece, because it is easy. Having spent the best part of 20 years living in Bulgaria, and navigating my way through all the painful changes, I was […]

  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his coat of many colours
    July 19, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    At present, it is hard to think of the Turkish President in glowing terms, mainly because his power stems from street violence, and the many vociferous supporters who gladly undertake […]

  • Whitehall whitewash or downright lies?
    July 8, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    We can all start to wonder – now the Brexit is over and the Sir John Chilcot report is back in the public eye – what has happened to the […]

  • Last Brexit to nowhere
    June 18, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    This is my last and final rant about the Brexit – stay or remain – until the final vote is cast. I will not complain, diminish, demonise, belittle or demean […]

  • Boris and The Goldfish Bowl
    June 14, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    If the World was just a goldfish bowl, Am I looking out or looking in? Are the things I see, As I should be, And, shall I sink or swim. […]

  • Death in the afternoon
    June 1, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    The mindless piffle which is being peddled by Brexit campaigners in order to influence voters in the forthcoming EU referendum, has reached a point in its silliness, that I for […]