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... policies of President Yanukovych, who is now wanted for mass murder. Since then, as I am sure you are all aware, Russia invaded the eastern Ukrainian Province of Crimea, stoking fears of war in the region.
Now as I mentioned geopolitical events can have far reaching consequences - some of these ripples can shatter lives, while others can have infinitely more mundane effects. One such mundane effect is that Nathan and I have had to make a change ...
... like this. For much of Durham's history, the city was ruled over by the Prince Bishop of Durham Cathedral, who was a very important figure in Durham's history. Each Bishop left their mark on the castle. For example Bishop Foxe, whose crest can be found all over the castle. The crest is a Pelican who is piercing its breast with its own beak to feed its children. Now Pelican's don't actually do this, but science in the 16th century was still in it's infancy and a ...
As I've mentioned on many occasions travelling is something I've always wanted to do. I've often spent long periods of time daydreaming about doing it, about going to some of the amazing places that the world has to offer. However, when dreams become a reality it's fair to state that the concept of literally getting on a plane, alone, leaving all security and comfortableness behind is a very scary prospect. Added to this, leaving all the people that I know and love for one ...
Thanks to the suggestion of our good friend, Peter Chadwick, John and I had a fabulous day viewing a once in a lifetime event - the coming together of the last remaining 6 fastest steam locomotives of their time.
If you've never heard of an A-4 steam engine, here is the story: Seventy five years ago, the Mallard, a streamlined A-4 locomotive, became the fastest steam engine in the world, being able to achieve speeds ...
... behind closed doors in the secret meeting rooms of Hatfield College. It felt a lot like being in an episode of Game of Thrones.
All in all the simulation was an educational and enjoyable experience, if also profoundly exhausting. I think what I learned most from it is that diplomacy rarely happens where it is supposed to. By the time the diplomats arrive at the televised meetings at the big summits the outcome is a forgone conclusion, negotiated behind closed doors by the ...
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