Category: Personal

  • Breeze though LAX

    Breeze though LAX

    Los Angeles International Airport I arrived here at LAX a short time ago. Check-in was a breeze. I think it took all of about ten minutes to use the kiosk, get my boarding pass and get through security. I didn’t actually realize that you could use the kiosks for international flights, but you just select your […]

  • ‘Churchill’s England’ – D-1

    Los Angeles Departure -1 and Counting Tomorrow I shall depart for England and I hope to be able to convincingly and effectively convey the journey in photos and these diary entries. I do hope that it will be as enjoyable for one to read as it will be for me to experience and to write […]

  • The British Intelligence Connection

    Los Angeles Another one of the other more fascinating responses that I got to my letter of introduction was from a friend here in Los Angeles whose grandfather’s best friend was Sir William Samuel Stephenson CC MC DFC (January 23, 1897 – January 31, 1989). He was a fascinating character. Here’s part of what Wikipedia […]

  • Introduction for ‘Churchill’s England’

    Los Angeles Here’s the letter that I emailed out to my contacts this past weekend: ———————- Dear friends, family, and colleagues, As many of you know, if we’ve spoken recently, I’ll be taking a trip at the end of the month with The Churchill Centre and the International Churchill Society called, ‘Churchill’s England’. There will […]

  • Choosing a Book to Read

    Los Angeles The first time that I decided to read a book specific to a city that I was visiting was while I was in Florence three or four years ago. I found it was a brilliant and much more engaging experience to be in the midst of reading a volume about Michelangelo’s creation of […]

  • Early Preparations for the Trip

    Los Angeles Time for some early preparations. I’m counting down the twenty days left before departure —all very exciting indeed! I’ll be leaving on May 18, 2006, and flying from Los Angeles directly to Heathrow on United flight 934. I’ve been planning now for weeks about what to pack and organizing everything for my departure. […]

  • Churchill’s England

    In the autumn of 2005 I received a package from The Churchill Center in Washington DC announcing plans for a trip to England, “Churchill’s England: The 12th Churchill Tour”. It’s interesting the timing because in the last year I’ve been thinking a lot about educational holidays. Yes, it’s nice to go and you see the sights and treasures […]

  • A Study of Leadership

    I’ve always had a keen interest in the great leaders of history. I’m fascinated by what makes some people ordinary and others extraordinary. For as long as I can remember I’ve had had an immense admiration for Winston Churchill partly because of the fact that he had to overcome great obstacles in order to achieve […]