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Counting the votes: Houghton & Sunderland South (formerly Sunderland South)

Feature image for:  Counting the votes:  Houghton & Sunderland South (formerly Sunderland South)By the time you are reading this, we will know the results of the general election in Britain.  I expect that I will have stayed up all night to learn about the results because I love elections.  I find them fascinating – especially how different areas vote. I shall probably have waited impatiently for news from Sunderland, in the north east … Read more »Counting the votes: Houghton & Sunderland South (formerly Sunderland South)

Blogger: Bruce Bucknell

Triumph and Tragedy: remembering World War II – Guest post by Jon Sharp, Consul General in Ekaterinburg

Feature image for:  Triumph and Tragedy: remembering World War II  – Guest post by Jon Sharp, Consul General in EkaterinburgA number of military anniversaries are being celebrated at the moment. Earlier this month there were striking images from the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. I’m sure there will be similar scenes throughout the period leading to 2018 and the centenary of the ending of World War I. In Russia we have been marking the centenary with a … Read more »Triumph and Tragedy: remembering World War II – Guest post by Jon Sharp, Consul General in Ekaterinburg

Blogger: Martin Harris

Remembrance

Feature image for:  RemembranceIt is rather poignant that the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day – 8 May 1945, the day that World War II in Europe officially ended – falls the day after the British General Election. It reminds us of the fundamental reason why Britain went to war in 1939, reluctantly but determinedly; to keep the world safe for democracy. Neither … Read more »Remembrance

Blogger: Nigel Baker

Local History – Краеведение

Feature image for:  Local History – КраеведениеLocal history – Soviet heritage… I recently visited some places in Belarus for the first time.  The most striking was the tower of Kamianets, one of several strongholds built by the rulers of the Volhynia principality in the 13th century to protect their northern border.  It is one of the few medieval remains in Belarus.  It is 30 … Read more »Local History – Краеведение

Blogger: Bruce Bucknell

100 years since Gallipoli: Ceylon’s role remembered

Feature image for:  100 years since Gallipoli: Ceylon’s role rememberedOn Saturday 25 April, I laid a wreath at the Borella Kanatta Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Colombo, at one of the two events organised that day by the Australian High Commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Allied landings at Gallipoli during the First World War. It was an opportunity to reflect again on the strength and … Read more »100 years since Gallipoli: Ceylon’s role remembered

Blogger: Laura Davies