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Rory Stewart: “Iraq was Britain’s biggest ever blunder; we must learn the lesson of our failure”

In an interesting article in the Yorkshire Post, the politician, historian and adventurer, Rory Stewart reflects on the Iraq war; mistakes made and what can be learned looking forward to Syria. Opening his discussion saying “The starting point for any discussion of Iraq has to be an acknowledgment that it was a failure and a

London Review of Books: Interesting articles

A great edition of London Review of Books this week. Neal Ascherson’s report on the German SDP is a fascinating, especially in the light of our recent breakfast discussion Patrick Cockburn provides a clear line on Syria through media confusion on Assad’s strength. David Runciman reviews Charles Moore’s Authorised biography of Margret Thatcher. All open to read

Stephen Bayley: “My class journey..”

Author, columnist and broadcaster, Stephen Bayley is one of Britain’s leading designers and cultural critics. He recently wrote an interesting article for the Telegraph entitled “My class journey” in which he considers “if I really know my place.” Following the Great British Class Survey published earlier this year which described the country’s seven classes, Stephen looks

Joshua Davis: writer, journalist, film-maker..

Joshua Davis: writer, journalist, film-maker.. Joshua Davis is an author, journalist and film-maker who has written for The New Yorker, GQ, Outside, Mens Journal, Mens Health, Maxim and Food & Wine. After sneaking into Iraq during the war in 2003 to to report for Wired magazine, he was made contributing editor. Joshua’s writing and film work is unique,

A busy May for Rory Stewart!

British politician, historian and adventurer, Rory Stewart has a deep knowledge of history and unparalleled experience of some of the world’s toughest war zones. A member of parliament for Penrith and the Border since 2010, Rory has had a busy May so far: Rory presented children from Wigton’s Nelson Thomlinson School with a plaque  to commemorate their

Speakers at the 2013 Hay Festival

For 25 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories, with the aim to “celebrate great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.” This year’s speakers include; award-winning broadcaster and documentary-maker Jeremy Bowen discussing the

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