GORODSKOY PARK

Gorodskoy Park in the sunshine. Not the most beautiful park. More concrete than greenery, but well-maintained. A series of paths connected by roundabouts. Along the wider walkways, freshly painted green benches, shaded by overhanging wispy branches. So what was I doing in this nondescript park in the middle of Minsk? Well, that is a longer … Continue reading GORODSKOY PARK

SEMI-SKIMMED DIPLOMACY

'I need to hear whatever is said at that summit. I don't care how you manage it!' Field Agent Malone was tasked with delivering the American President's command. Now he sat in an office in Seoul, while 50 kilometres north, on the 38th Parallel, the leaders of North and South Korea prepared to meet. As … Continue reading SEMI-SKIMMED DIPLOMACY

P IS FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

A STORY OF PERESTROIKA IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA (now the CZECH REPUBLIC) 'My old friend,' he greeted Phillips with an enthusiastic hug as he had always done. Phillips returned the gesture before resuming his seat. Přemysl took the seat opposite him. They sat facing out from the small coffee shack, looking at the pond and the green park … Continue reading P IS FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

J IS FOR JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND

A STORY OF JEOPARDY IN JYVÄSKYLÄ Jyväskylä is the Athens of Finland, so they say, due to its role as an educational centre. It was the name given to it in the The Kalevala, the epic poem of collected folk lore and songs by Elias Lönnrot that is considered the national epic of Finland. Juriitta was … Continue reading J IS FOR JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND