There’s an old saying ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’. A certain Mr Karl Andree might be currently reflecting on this sound piece of advice right now. And, frankly, he should. Mr Andree, a long time resident in that paradise of liberal freedoms (Saudi Arabia), decided to transport homemade vino in his car. He would have been perfectly aware of the draconian anti booze laws in Saudi Arabia but he still committed what is a crime in that country. So, fast forward, he’s completed his year long jail sentence (and, yes, I think that’s crazy) and now faces the pleasure of 300 odd lashes. Something not likely to improve the health of the average 74 year old guy. Cue[…]

The issue of nuclear weapons has always been a contentious one. I should know, I grew up in the 70s and 80s and being a hawk made me very unpopular with at least one of my teachers and plenty of my peers at school. Good thing I’ve never been worried about being popular. As ever, it was always more fashionable to be a dove than a hawk but I had one advantage over many of my peers. I was keenly interested in history, not just the pap force fed to us at school, and that had taught me that Tolkien’s quote ‘Those without swords can still die upon them’ was true. Put simply, attackers (whether individuals, groups or nations) usually[…]