Month: May 2012

Pakistan and the CIA

In case you’d forgotten or not noticed in the first place, this year is an American Presidential election year. That’s right, it’s approaching that time when incumbent Presidents can either stop worrying about being re-elected and start worrying about how history will judge them or will be spending a lot of time writing their memoirs.

Spotted Blog

A bit of literary news and a shameless unsolicited plug. Not actually a plug for my efforts as such, although I can tell you that one of my articles is slated for publication in Latitudes and Attitudes magazine in October or November.

Now, I want to mention an old chum of mine, Larry Jeram-Croft who’s published a couple of cracking good books on Amazon. The first one in the series: Sea Skimmer.

Sea Skimmer is a fictional novel set during the Falklands War. Or is it? Fictional that is. This year is the 30th anniversary of the campaign and Larry, who was a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy at the time of the conflict, is putting extracts with comments from his logbook on his blog…

Dog bites man. Or did it?

Every journalist knows that ‘dog bites man’ is not a story whereas ‘man bites dog’ makes a great one. I was reminded of this when reading about the banking crisis in Spain, and that in turn sparked off a memory…

The Winds of Change are a-blowin’

Are they a  fully blown hurricane of a mere zephyr? I decide to remain, metaphorically speaking, in the Middle East for this article because although interesting events are unfolding in Europe, it’s still too soon to make any assumptions about…

Iran Part Two

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility 320 kilometres south of the capital Tehran

Will They or Won’t They? If you haven’t got around to reading the IAEA fifteen page report, I think it’s fair to summarise it as; smoking gun not found, but there was a whiff of cordite in the air. Certainly the report…

Iran Part One

Are they or aren’t they? Will they or won’t they? Before I answer my own questions, it might be as well to give a necessarily brief overview of the Iranian Government structure. Most people will have no difficulty as identifying…

For those of you with a Kindle

I’m writing this on the 4th of May in Fiji at 0730, the blog will be available on Kindle in the next couple of days. It will be listed on Amazon as ‘Roast Beef on Sundays’, author Peter. N. Bernfeld.…

Chapter One. What do you think?

Mildly amusing, nearly wet yourself or a bit boring? Let me know. ——————————————————————— Late August evening, Christmas Day, Boxing Day morning A beautiful early evening in late August, the sort of evening that middle-aged people think that every evening in…