On a train going nowhere by Trevor Plumbly

Looney tunes Recent events have caused me to ditch the ‘Pennies from heaven’ stuff and I’m beginning to think the world’s going to hell in a handcart.  ‘Imagine all the people, living for today’ sounded good, but I reckon that’s what’s causing most of the problems: too many people talking at the same time. There’s little doubt that democracy was a pretty good way to run things until politicians realised its potential. It was OK in Ancient Greece when a tiny percentage ran things while the rest didn’t know or care what… Read More

United we stand by Trevor Plumbly

Some things need a total rebuild to function in line with their original purpose and I wonder if this isn’t the case with the United Nations. In a time of high global uncertainty, it seems about time for an overhaul. Dreamers and schemers In 1942, 26 countries signed the ‘Declaration by United Nations’ to form a joint war effort against the German, Italian and Japanese forces. This was followed by the signing of a formal charter in 1945. In those days the UN Security Council was all but governed by its five… Read More

GUEST BLOG by Tom Caldin

One hundred years on: a soldier of the Manchester Regiment in August 1914 My great-grandfather, John Robert Morrow, was born to Richard and Winifred Morrow on 29 February 1884 in the parish of St Peter’s, Manchester. In 1901 he was 17, the eldest of seven children, living with his parents at 10 Howard Street in St Philip’s parish and working as an iron moulder. He enlisted as a private in the Manchester Regiment at Ashton-under-Lyne in January 1904, serving for three years with the Colours before being transferred for nine years to… Read More