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Once More Into the Breach, Dear Friends?

We have spent most of last week trying to explain to Europe why we are quite happy with the election of Donald Trump. As I reflect on what we have said, and read, it struck me that one cannot understand this intellectually. At one point I was asked if I identify as Anglo-Saxon. Well in […]

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Once More Into the Breach, Dear Friends?

#463965117 / gettyimages.com On 26 September 1580, a ship docked in Portsmouth, England. That wasn’t unusual, then as now it was one of England’s great ports. But this particular docking would echo through history. For this was the Golden Hind, returning from the first circumnavigation of the world by a non-Spaniard. Soon the captain, Francis […]

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A Banquet and a Knighthood, Sometimes it Pays to Invite the Queen for Dinner

We are a couple days late here but we should note that 433 years ago (and a couple days) Francis Drake (he was knighted that night by Queen Elizabeth) hosted a banquet on his ship, the Golden Hind, to celebrate his circumnavigation of the world. It sounds like it was quite a party. On 4th […]

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White Ensign and Navy Jack

I notice in the British news that tensions with Spain over Gibraltar are high again, and that soon a task group of the Royal Navy will make a port call. It’s been planned for quite a while but even so will satisfy the British call to send a gunboat. The American equivalent, of course is […] . . . → Read More: White Ensign and Navy Jack . . . → Read More: White Ensign and Navy Jack