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  • Billy Bunter and the Brexit
    May 23, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    Watching the Brexit circus from a safe distance in Greece, I can’t help feeling that I have seen it all before. I think it took place on British television in […]

  • Tato – The man and the myth
    May 20, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    In September 1997, I concluded an interview with the last surviving East European communist dictator, ex – President Todor Zhivkov of Bulgaria. This was with the help of Ahmed Taleb, […]

  • Patrick Brigham: Stop apologising
    May 13, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    It seems that the stiff upper lip of yore has recently been replaced by a trembling, somewhat flabby chin. All too frequently these days, we are beset by the embarrassing […]

  • Nationalism vs Brexit
    April 29, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    I can’t vote in the forthcoming referendum, to determine Great Britain’s future in Europe, and so I reserve the right to say what I like. To me the whole matter […]

  • Communism and self-esteem
    April 23, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    Perceived from the sitting rooms of suburban England or even from a press office in Canary Wharf, the ex-communist countries of Europe remain an anathema to most. With an absurd […]

  • Looking back again on Bulgaria
    April 19, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    President Zhelyu Zhelev was an enigma to me. I had watched him on TV in Bulgaria during the early nineties, performing official tasks, much as his predecessor Zhivkov had done. […]

  • Looking even further back at Bulgaria
    April 12, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    My book, Herodotus: The Gnome of Sofia, is a humorous account of a British diplomat and his fall from grace, and has its foundations in reality. When, in 1993, I […]

  • Looking back at Bulgaria
    April 4, 2016, by Patrick Brigham

    As far as I can remember, nothing very new has happened in Bulgaria for years, although many might not agree this to be so. Nevertheless, if over time one had […]