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Poem: Percy “Hobo” Hobart, Pt 1

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / RDN's poems on 19 August 2015. No comments.

This poem is the first of three. They are long, and intended to flow one from another, but each to make sense on its own. They have been written with an eye (or ear) to being read aloud briskly.

Sir Percy Hobart, Part 1
Hobo, the man and commander More »

Poem: Percy “Hobo” Hobart, Pt 2

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / RDN's poems on 19 August 2015. No comments.

This poem is the second of three. They are long, and intended to flow one from another, but each to make sense on its own. They have been written with an eye (or ear) to being read aloud briskly.

Sir Percy Hobart, Part 2
Hobo the man of design and fabric

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Poem: Percy “Hobo” Hobart, Pt 3

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / RDN's poems on 19 August 2015. No comments.

This poem is the third of three. They are long, and intended to flow one from another, but each to make sense on its own. They have been written with an eye (or ear) to being read aloud briskly.

Sir Percy Hobart, Part 3
The Hobo, his generation and their books

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RDN on BBC Scotland: “Scrap the BBC!”

Posted by RDN under National Media Trust / On TV & Radio / RDN's media outings on 16 July 2015. No comments.

I had quite an interesting outing on BBC Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye phone-in show on the BBC’s charter review which begins in earnest today. I argued as usual for the “nuclear option” of getting rid of this antiquated institution. More »

EU obligations to Med-migrants

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 14 May 2015. No comments.

I have had a couple of recent outings on BBC Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye phone-in show, on the UK’s obligations – and Scotland’s in particular – toward the “Med-migrants”. My line, I am almost sorry to say, was that we will probably need to be cruel to be kind…. More »

RDN on democracy on BBC R2 Vine Show

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 12 May 2015. No comments.

I had an outing on the Jeremy Vine Show, discussing the anger which many people seem to feel that “their side” didn’t win. Yes, I said: democracy involves a contest between two or more parties, and they all need to be as electable as possible, and the process as civilised as possible…. More »

Eye-witness: Billy Filson-Young’s death, May ’45

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant on 12 May 2015. No comments.

I have set myself to commemorate the life and death of Wing Commander Billy Filson-Young, and – more broadly – his family. My father Paul North, Billy’s half-brother, in 1990 gathered new material about his brothers and here is an eye-witness account written around then. More »

Vera Bax poems for “The Fallen”, her WW2 sons

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / RDN's poems on 11 May 2015. No comments.

Vera Bax, poet and painter, lost two sons in WW2. Both were RAF pilots. She wrote a sequence of four poems on losing them. Some of the poems have been in various anthologies ever since. More »

Remembering Billy, killed in Burma, May 1945

Posted by RDN under On art on 3 May 2015. No comments.

I want to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death in action of my half-uncle Billy Filson-Young in Burma on 15 May, 1945, aged 25.

His mother was the poet and painter Vera Bax (it’s complicated) and she wrote a series of poems about the deaths of her youngest son Richard (a pilot killed in action in 1942, aged 21) and Billy himself. They are of course grief-stricken poems. But they embolden me, too. More »

Be the Brightest and Best: vote Tory

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Politics & campaigns on 27 April 2015. No comments.

Many people in the creative, inventive and caring industries – the Brightest and the Best – have never socialised with people who openly espouse the Conservative cause, or have only met them to have a row. This why they should expand their horizons….. More »

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