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Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter
Highland historian Jim Hunter's, Insurrection: Scotland's Famine Winter, had a particular resonance for me. The Hebrides and the Moray Firth, two of the main locations in his account of what happened after the potato blight arrived in Scotland in the summer of 1846, provided the backdrop to my childhood. As a young boy, I'd scramble … Continue reading Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter
A winter trip to Spain, day 11: Hugh’s 6 and he’s getting a phone, ok!
Hugh's six and he is getting a phone!
A Winter Trip to Spain, Day 10: The Alhambra with kids
Its beauty alone makes it a deeply moving place but it has particularly poignant resonance in today's world as a reminder of how Islamic culture is in the DNA of modern Europe
A Winter Trip to Spain, Day 9: Why I was wrong about Spanish food and about kids and ketchup
Why I have recanted my views on Spanish food, and about kids and ketchup
A Winter Trip to Spain, Day 8: You’re perfectly capable of wiping Jamesie’s bottom Daddy!
Our last visit in Zaragoza is to a supermarket; stocking up on snacks for a longish drive to Puerto de Sagunto, a destination we've chosen using a family friendly algorithm which calculates the optimum next point at which parents can have lunch with wine. It is easy to forget how fascinating children find the world … Continue reading A Winter Trip to Spain, Day 8: You’re perfectly capable of wiping Jamesie’s bottom Daddy!