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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, after the $700m revamp

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Twenty years ago, a Dom Kultury (House of Culture), was found in almost every small town in Russia, where at least once a week there would be the teaching of ballet. Three Czars marked their coronations at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and after the communist revolution of 1917 Lenin claimed the emergence of the Soviet union from the stage. Once […]

Your Pocket Guide Book to State Pensions

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State Pensions are paid by the British government to citizens who have reached the pensions age of 65, and have previously been paid or credited with subscriptions to National Insurance. Your subscriptions to National Insurance entitles you to claim welfare benefits, like the State Pension. Although you do not continue to pay for the Insurance when on the pensions dole, if you are: aged […]

Jean Monnet and David Cameron: Two speeches, exactly 50 years apart

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On 23 January 2013, David Cameron held his speech on British membership of the European Union. I am not sure anyone noticed, but exactly 50 years earlier, on 23 January 1963, Jean Monnet held a speech accepting the “Freedom Award” in New York in which he argued why Britain should be part of Europe: “The next step […]

David Cameron’s EU Speech

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Prime Minister David Cameron today promised to hold a referendum on the UK’s position in the EU, if he is re-elected in the 2015 general elections. His much-awaited speech on Europe started off by paying homage to veterans of World War II and the Elysée Treaty, with addressing the agenda behind the EU, being one of the poignant moments. Although established initially to prevent […]

“The Speech”

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“Britain is not in the single currency, and we’re not going to be. But we all need the Eurozone to have the right governance and structures to secure a successful currency for the long term.And those of us outside the Eurozone also need certain safeguards to ensure, for example, that our access to the Single […]

High level, low results: EU media pluralism and some random recommendations

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Damian Tambini had announced it for November. Neelie Kroes has blogged about it yesterday. Bruno Waterfield took the occasion today to get a quote from Nigel Farage that included a reference to “1984″. And I also thought it would be worth writing about the report of the “High Level Group on Media  Freedom and Pluralism” titled […]