Arrivals and Departures

It’s early January and the airport ‘Departures’ sign above my head is still framed by Christmas lights. It looks almost festive – almost, but not quite. Once again, I’m preparing to see my son off to catch his plane. The other part of the Auld Alliance is his current destination. Ever since he completed hisContinue reading “Arrivals and Departures”

The Tide of History

My wife and I were watching the north German drama ‘Der Usedom-Krimi’ recently. We suddenly recognised one of the seaside towns used as the location in the episode. We’d visited this town only a few weeks after the re-unification of East and West Germany on 3 October 1990. Those momentous events of three decades agoContinue reading “The Tide of History”

Letter from Denmark: The Dinner Party

The conversation turned to politics, as it does among dinner party guests following an election. The consensus among our Danish guests was that PM Mette Frederiksen’s deleted emails and poor memory had affected results in the council and regional vote. Cover up and omission are not a good look, and the fiercely independent Danish mediaContinue reading “Letter from Denmark: The Dinner Party”