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Episode #211 How To Use Webinars In Your Business   


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I am your host, Simone Vincenzi, The Experts Strategist, and this is the podcast for experts who want to become the ultimate authority in their niche while making an impact in the world.


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Today I have the pleasure to Interview Agnes Jozwiak


Agnes Józwiak is the Marketing Director at ClickMeeting, a provider of webinar solutions.


An experienced marketing professional in the SaaS industry, Agnes has considerable expertise in the fields of marketing management and digital strategy.


In the last year alone, ClickMeeting’s platform hosted nearly 600,000 events with over 17 million attendees and an impressive customer base of 147,500. Agnes has overseen the Poland-based company’s marketing activity since 2016. She graduated from London City University and Technical University of Gdansk.




In this episode, we talk about

  • The past, present, and futures of webinars
  • The different types of webinars to use in your business
  • How to use webinars to convert your audience into clients



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Episode #178 How To Start And Grow Your Business With Minimal Financial Investment   


Welcome to episode #178 of Explode Your Expert Biz Show, brought to you by,


I am your host, Simone Vincenzi, The Experts Strategist, and this is the podcast for experts who want to become the ultimate authority in their niche while making an impact in the world.


Today I have the pleasure to Interview Kristen O’Connell


Kristen has been self-employed for the past 15 years. she worked in sales before starting her own recruitment advertising company from scratch.  In the past year, she increased sales by 60%, to achieve the million dollar mark in revenue! And she did it in the smartest way possible, allowing for maximum profits.


Awards and Accolades
Her company, Superlative Recruitment Ltd, was recently awarded the London regional AND the UK National Federation of Small Business -  'Micro Business of the Year' Award and nominated for the Southwark Business Awards for 'Best Customer Service'! 



In this episode we talk about


  • How to build 1 Million $ relationships
  • How to grow your team and hire the right people
  • How to set business and personal goals that you are actually going to achieve



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Episode #176 How To Monetise Your Relationships Capital   


Welcome to episode #176 of Explode Your Expert Biz Show, brought to you by,


I am your host, Simone Vincenzi, The Experts Strategist, and this is the podcast for experts who want to become the ultimate authority in their niche while making an impact in the world.


Today I have the pleasure to Interview Kristen O’Connell


Kristen has been self-employed for the past 15 years. she worked in sales before starting her own recruitment advertising company from scratch.  In the past year, she increased sales by 60%, to achieve the million dollar mark in revenue! And she did it in the smartest way possible, allowing for maximum profits.


Awards and Accolades
Her company, Superlative Recruitment Ltd, was recently awarded the London regional AND the UK National Federation of Small Business -  'Micro Business of the Year' Award and nominated for the Southwark Business Awards for 'Best Customer Service'! 




In this episode, we talk about


  • How to grow your business without spending any money on ads.
  • How to build solid business relationships.
  • How to maintain and nurture those relationships for maximum profits




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Manny Norte ft. Rema, 6lack, Tion Wayne, Love Renaissance – 4AM-(Mp3)   

Manny Norte ft. Rema, 6lack, Tion Wayne, Love Renaissance – 4AM-(Mp3)

Download Audio Mp3 Manny Norte ft. Rema, 6lack, Tion Wayne, Love Renaissance – 4AM Superb disc jockey and record producer, Manny Norte rolls out with a new impressive single titled “4AM“. The record “4AM” features Nigerian music export, Rema, American rapper, 6lack and London finest, Tion Wayne to...

MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON To Release New Solo Single, 'Simple Truth'   

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson will release "Simple Truth", the new single from his solo band ELLEFSON, in April, with all proceeds going to Italian COVID-19 relief. The track, co-written by Ellefson and vocalist Thom Hazaert, with Italian guitarist and drummer Andy Martongelli and Paolo Caridi, will appear on the upcoming full-length follow-up to the 2019 release "Sleeping Giants", a compilation featuring several new songs and reworkings of previous Ellefson instrumental solo material co-written and produced by Ellefson and Hazaert. "Sleeping Giants" was released as a companion album "soundtrack" to Ellefson's 2019 biography "More Life With Deth", also co-written with Hazaert. The group worked on the album remotely, recording tracks in Italy, London, Phoenix, and Wisconsin during quarantine. "Simple Truth" will be released on all digital outlets on April 17, with a direct Bandcamp release on April 10, via Ellefson's Combat Records. All profits from downloads and streams will be donated to the Croce Rossa Italiana, the Italian Red Cross, which is at the frontlines of the war on COVID-19, coordinating the nation's pandemic response with Italy's Ministry of Health. Says Ellefson: "We actually wrote the song in Milan during a tour rehearsal, and a lot of it was recorded there. We've gone back and forth with Andy in Italy, from the Platinum Underground in Phoenix, and with our mixer and co-engineer Alessio Garavello in London. While we're all staying positive and just keeping busy, it's heartbreaking to see what's going on over there with the death toll climbing every day." He adds: "We played several shows in Italy on our European 'More Live With Deth' tour last year, and I was just there with MEGADETH back in February. It's absolutely devastating to see what the country is going through right now. The people, and its culture, have been so welcoming to me over the years, that i'm honored to do anything I can to give something back to them during this time of need." Adds Hazaert: "While David has been there a million times over the years with MEGADETH, our tour last year was really my first experience with the amazing people and culture of Italy. Now half of our band, who have become dear friends, live there, which makes it hit even closer to home. Working on this record with these guys, who are just going after it 100%, while basically at ground zero for this whole crazy pseudo-apocalyptic scenario we're all living in right now, really gives you a different perspective. "Lyrically, the song is really about not giving up and not taking any shit. Tuning out the noise and going after your dreams no matter what, and not letting anyone tell you can't do something. And, I guess, living out the bizarre 'Rock Star'-like scenario of being in a band with David, the guy from MEGADETH, who really was one of my idols, I guess it's fairly autobiographical. But we're all extremely proud of it, and really this whole record we're making, it's just a straight up, ass-kicking heavy hard rock record. There's an amazing musical chemistry, and I know, personally, I can't wait for people to hear it. And to be able to use it as an opportunity to give back to our friends in Italy makes it that much more special." Ellefson has also given during the COVID-19 crisis to kids in need via his David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, and the School's Out initiative, gifting displaced students with free instruments and equipment, and pairing them with lessons from rock star music instructors, including Ellefson and his MEGADETH bandmates Dirk Verbeuren and Kiko Loureiro, Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER), Chris Kael (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), Clint Lowery (SEVENDUST), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ASIA, SONS OF APOLLO, ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Chad Szeliga (BLACK STAR RIDERS), Chris Poland (OHM:, ex-MEGADETH), Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH), Marc Rizzo (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY), and more. Photo: Melody Myers

SORRY – ” As The Sun Sets “   

North London post-punkers Sorry released their debut album, 925, today via Domino . On Monday they shared one last pre-release song from it, “As the Sun Sets,” via a video for the track which anchors the centre of the album. The band’s Asha Lorenz directed the video. 925includes “Right Round the Clock,” a song they shared in October as well as “Rock ‘n’ […]

Coronavirus: Australian Olympic #Baseball hopeful Steve Kent says delay to #Games better than playing without fans    


Canberra-based pitcher Steve Kent is now in his second bid to represent Australia as an Olympian, after the national team failed to qualify for Beijing and after the sport was dropped from the London ...

Re: 23cm Terrestrial Aerial Noise   

Dear Conrad,

Last time I went through the bother of measuring it, I got a value of 200K in most directions- this was over land, rural environment.

If you have the good fortune to be overlooking sea, should be a little lower, provided there’s no wind, of course.

Anyone verified that?


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Re: Heliax Noise Figure   

Dear All,

Just one detail to add. 

Noise figure of cable equals its loss only if the cable is at standard noise temperature, To- 290K.

If the cable is at a different temperature, the noise figure is 10Log(1 + (L-1)T/To), where L is the loss (numerical, not dB) and T is the feeder temperature.

This does not matter much for feeders in the terrestrial atmosphere, but for quantum experiments in cryostats, where the feeder is at near room temperature at one end and at a few K at the other end, this has to be carefully taken into account.

Same applies to attenuators, as those on here who had the joy of working with Masers will remember.


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Yachtsman on State/ProvinceVillage/Other are displayed on the search page, even if they are disabled in the settings.   


Thanks a lot.

I also wanted to draw attention to the fact that cities are chosen regardless of the country. That is, you can choose the country of France and the city of London. Naturally, there will be no ads, but it would be ideal to exclude such an option already at the search stage. As with all other bulletin boards.

Thanks again for your support and development.


#LondonTech Week in Review: 22/3/20-28/3/20   

London Tech News for the week ending 28/3 including the London startup fundings, exits, and events featuring news for Cazoo, Humio, and much, much more…

The London TechWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 30/3/2020   

The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for London startups for 30/3/2020 featuring funding details for Lanistar and much more.

Décorations So Xmas ! - jerry   

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Meanwhile in London of the Day: Bluth's Banana Stand is Going On Tour   


To promote the upcoming season premiere of Arrested Development on May 26th, Netflix has launched a pop-up shop tour of Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand, which will serve up real frozen bananas and photo ops with cast members in various locations across Great Britain and the United States, starting with London (as seen in the picture) this week and a few more pit stops in New York and Los Angeles in the following week. Is there any money in it? Perhaps you should find out!



From Blender to Modeling Sonic the Hedgehog: Interview with Alin Bolcas   


Recently I was browsing 3D art on the interwebs  when I noticed the modeler who built Sonic for the feature film posted about their work. Naturally, I jumped into their portfolio and immediately recognized one of their early projects:

Where had I seen this ram before...was it...YES: Blender Nation! As it turns out, the modeler is / was a Blender artist at some point!

I connected with Alin Bolcas to learn about his journey from discovering 3D via Blender to landing a job at a top VFX studio modeling Sonic the [legendary] Hedgehog.

Stories like Alin's inspired my own dreams of working as a professional 3D artist. If you're an aspiring Blender artist with similar dreams, don't miss this insight.

Was there a certain image / movie / video game / etc that ignited your passion for 3D?

I used to play a bunch of online multiplayer games in my teens and I got fascinated when I found out that I could build characters or even a complete game on my own machine.

How did you begin learning 3D?

I first found out about Blender from a high school friend sometime in 2009. It was my first touch with any kind of 3d software and it became a hobby, I was really hooked! I remember at first I thought it was a 2d software as back in Blender 2.49 you’d start in orthographic top view, it felt like such a breakthrough learning to navigate. It was surely frustrating at first but I was seeing it as a really hard game to play in which I can do and create anything I imagine. Blender Artist forums, Blender Cookie, Blender Guru and YouTube were my best mentors at the time.

At what point did you transition to Maya and why?

I had to switch to Maya when I started university - studied Computer Animation and Visual Effects at Bournemouth University UK. I was super reluctant to switch and even did most of first year assignments in Blender (which I’m glad they allowed). I became less stubborn about it as time passed and tried to make use of my tutor’s knowledge so it turned out to be a natural transition. The fact that most studios I was interested in were using Maya also played a key role.

I often get this question from Blender artists: “Should I learn commercial 3D apps to improve my chances of landing a job?” How would you answer this question?

I think with software it’s always a balancing act between these factors:

  • Quality of results which exemplify the quality of the tools.

  • How much the industry uses it. This can affect your employability at a studio. If you’re freelancing it doesn’t much.

  • The steepness of the learning curve.

It’s always best to go with an open mind. Once you get the hang of one 3D app (especially Blender because you can do so much with it), all other software is basically the same but under a different interface and shortcuts. All it takes is a few weeks to form the muscle memory to become really efficient.

I’d also add that if you can prove with your work that you have an artistic eye and can raise to the quality someone is looking for, no matter the software, you’ll likely have that someone hiring you, assuming they find you of course. Once you get a job, if it’s a studio, you’d have to learn their pipeline and it’d be more convenient for you to learn and use whatever everyone else is using there.

In hindsight, how important was university for your career as a 3D artist?

Throughout university I was a true believer that I didn't need it. After all I was looking up at so many artists who had a successful careers without it. I still think it is not necessary, especially if you are mature and self motivated enough.

For me it was a great stepping stone and awesome to be physically surrounded by people interested in the same thing, growing as part of a community. There's nothing like university life. With all that said, if all you’re out for is information, everything you need is a few clicks away.

How did you transition from university to career?

I was lucky enough to get a summer internship at MPC as a modeler in my second year of study. That was quite eye opening, gaining the experience and being surrounded by professionals really raised my standards. After graduating I had a friend working there who recommended me and that’s how I landed a full-time job.

Saying Sonic the Hedgehog is an “iconic” character is understatement. What was it like to play such a key role in modeling him?

It was like nothing else I’ve experienced before for sure! First, it was the pressure of modeling the first hero character of my career which came out of nowhere because of the urgency of the redesign situation. Then it was the added twist of the character being so well known. I was constantly thinking that there are some huge sonic fans out there who could spot out a fake from a mile away so I tried my best to get very familiar with the original design. Once the proportions and forms were locked we were pretty much set and the rest of the time was spent on technical things: Topology, uvs, facial shapes and maintenance.

With key feature film character models like Sonic, is the responsibility on one main modeler or is it shared by a team?

In this specific case, it was basically only me sculpting/modelling Sonic because, from a model stand point, he is very simple. On something like Godzilla you’d need 2-3 modelers to share the asset. I was constantly guided by my supervisor and helped on very technical matters. Also worth noting, all the props Sonic ever used were in the same character scene but made by other artists in Bangalore.

How many facial blend shapes were in Sonic’s library?

Funny you ask! I used to joke with the rigger that we broke some kind of record. I lost count of the number but we sure went past 100 shapes towards the end of it. It wasn’t that he needed all of them to create the expressions, in fact I remember it was fairly stable with 30 ish shapes. We needed all the other shapes because he was more cartoony and the animators had specific requirements which were difficult to meet in the VFX framework we had the facial rig built. So most of the other shapes were fixing problems when two or more shapes were activated/combined at the same time.

Do you remember the polygon count of Sonic’s final model?

I don’t unfortunately. For the body it’s normally something in the range of 100k polys? He really didn’t need all that to support any kind of surface details as he was basically all covered in fur but we couldn’t go too low either for technical reasons.

Creating art under direction is very different to working on your own projects. Do you have any advice about creating art this way?

I agree, it is different. How I deal with it currently is by trying to do the best work I can on both personal and professional project. I try not to get personally involved in studio work because it's their property. If I ever get frustrated about unfulfilled artistic decisions I let that out through personal work.

How often do you get to inject your own ideas into a design?

With Sonic, I had the chance to work side by side with the art director Tyson Hesse for a week. He had the 2D concept approved and flew to London so we could figure out how best to translate the design into 3D. I tried to be as honest and vocal as I could with what I thought looked good. We’ve used some things and not others but it was an amazing learning experience.

On a more regular basis, modelers are tasked with matching an approved concept piece/reference as closely as possible and the artistic freedom lies in the smaller decisions. The least amount of questions your reference is solving, the more you’ll have to fill in the blanks yourself upon which you’ll receive feedback and iterate on it.

Always remember that it’s ultimately the client’s vision which you have to respect but it’s your personal take on fulfilling that vision.

There’s so many aspiring artists starting their journey the same way you did, aiming to work on major projects as you have. What’s your advice to those artists?

Don’t overthink it. Just create for the sake of creating like you’ve probably done as a little kid with crayons - before you knew what ‘looks good or bad’, before you thought of impressing someone, finding a job, making money, have your name on a big screen, game or whatever. I think that if you manage to find joy in the simple act of doing it, all those will come as you keep practicing and getting better.

To progress faster, aim to do many different projects well instead of stressing over a single ‘perfect’ one which you’ll hate soon after you finish it! When you want to learn something new, start a project that involves the new thing to fill in the knowledge gap through practice and use reference. (it’s no cheat)

 Give yourself breaks from the screen to learn about the world, travel, read, exercise, draw, experience things so you can recycle all that information in fueling your creativity. Always look up and try surrounding yourself with who you think are the very best artists in the world while truly believing that you can surpass them.

Lastly, share all the knowledge you accumulate with everyone who will listen along the way. These are some key principles I’ve distilled from everyone I’ve learned so far - wishing you all the best!

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Announce End of Royal Instagram   


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared their final post on their @SussexRoyal Instagram account.

The post comes one day before they will officially retire their royal titles and step down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, reports People.

Meghan and Harry will no longer use Instagram under the @SussexRoyal handle or update their website, While they won't be updated, “both the Instagram account and website will remain in existence online for the foreseeable future,” a spokesperson for the couple stated on Monday.

The couple signed off with a heartfelt post thanking the global “community” for all of its hard work amid the “fragile” state of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile,” the account’s last caption began. “Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference — as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line — together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise.”

“What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic,” they continued.

Meghan and Harry pledged to continue fighting against the virus that has had unprecedented impact all over the world.

“As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute,” they wrote.

The couple added: “While you may not see us here, the work continues.”

“Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great!” the caption went on.

“Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another,” they concluded the note before signing off “Harry and Meghan.”

Earlier this month, Meghan and Harry traveled to London for the Commonwealth Day Service, their last event as members of the royal family.

Last week, it was announced that Markle lent her voice to an upcoming Disneynature documentary, “Elephant.” The feature will begin streaming on Disney+ on April 3.

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Russian Embassy Warns of Cancellation of Russia's Aeroflot Flights From London to Moscow   

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom said in a statement on Monday that Moscow-bound flights from London, operated by Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot, would be canceled through the end of the week.

UK's Northern Ireland to Release Some Inmates Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Justice Minister   

LONDON (Sputnik) - The authorities of the United Kingdom's Northern Ireland are planning to temporarily release some prisoners earlier than their sentence is completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the region's justice minister, Naomi Long, said on Monday.

UK to Stay in Partial Lockdown for 6 Months - Health Official   

LONDON (Sputnik) - It could take the United Kingdom about six months to see whether it can relax the partial coronavirus lockdown, deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said Sunday.

James Shapiro on Shakespeare and Plagues   


Our latest episode features James Shapiro talking about a major theme in Shakespeare’s work and life: the plagues that ravaged London throughout his career.

The post James Shapiro on Shakespeare and Plagues appeared first on Octavian Report.


Gefangen im Labyrinth des Brexits   


Die britische Regierung hat sich im Irrgarten falscher Versprechungen und Annahmen verrannt – und findet keinen Ausweg. Statt Kontrolle durch den EU-Austritt zurückzugewinnen, hat man sie verloren.

Großbritannien ist gefangen im Labyrinth des Brexits und es findet keinen Ausweg. Im Irrgarten falscher Versprechungen und Annahmen haben sich die Regierung der konservativen Premierministerin Theresa May und auch das Parlament, das tief gespalten und längst in lauter Einzelinteressen zerfallen ist, verrannt. Das politische London droht nun rund zwei Wochen vor dem festgeschriebenen Austrittstermin am 29. März im Chaos zu versinken. Nachdem die Abgeordneten des Unterhauses den von May in letzter Minute mit der EU nachgebesserten Austrittsvertrag am Dienstagabend erneut mit klarer Mehrheit abgeschmettert haben, bleibt vorerst wohl nur eine Verschiebung des Austrittstermins. Vorerst ohne Hoffnung auf einen Durchbruch. Aber die Alternative eines harten Brexits ganz ohne Abkommen und somit ohne jegliche Übergangsfrist hätte für die Bürger und Unternehmen auf beiden Seiten des Kanals schwerwiegende Konsequenzen, die nur wenige in London, Brüssel und den Hauptstädten der verbleibende­n 27 EU-Mitgliedsländer verantworten wollen.

Doch auch wenn es in absehbarer Zeit doch noch zu einer auch vom britischen Parlament akzeptierten Einigung zwischen London und der EU kommen sollte, beginnt für Großbritannien eine Reise ins Ungewisse. Und die vielen Versprechungen – von einer „strahlenden Zukunft“ bis hin zu einem „Global Britain“, das Freihandelsabkommen mit China, den USA und der EU zu seinem Vorteil abschließt – könnten rasch wie Seifenblasen zerplatzen. Denn im immer brutaleren globalen Wettkampf hat niemand auf die Befindlichkeiten Großbritanniens gewartet. Wer mit Trumps neuem „America First“ und dem immer aggressiver auftretenden China Geschäfte machen will, muss als Einzelkämpfer wohl zahlreiche Abstriche machen. Das weiß die Regierung in London, das wissen viele Unternehmen, das wissen aber offenbar viele von jenen nicht, die im Juni 2016 für den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU gestimmt haben. Es hat ihnen auch niemand gesagt. Vielmehr wurde dem Volk suggeriert, dass Brüssel für all die Versäumnisse auf der britischen Insel verantwortlich ist – für das marode Gesundheitssystem, für die fristlose Öffnung des Arbeitsmarktes nach der EU-Osterweiterung und den damit verbundenen massiven Zuzug von Arbeitsmigranten. Nur: Verantwortlich dafür war und ist London und nicht Brüssel. Die Brexit-Befürworter haben versprochen, die Kontrolle zurückzugewinnen. Für das stolze Großbritannien. Doch sie haben sie längst verloren.


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Social Norms and Child Marriage in Cameroon: An Application of the Theory of Normative Spectrum   

Beniamino Cislaghi
Gerry Mackie
Paul Nkwi
Holly Shakya
Publication Date
Thursday, March 21, 2019

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Cislaghi); University of California San Diego (Mackie, Shakya); Catholic University of Cameroon (Nkwi)

"Understanding how social norms are sustaining health-related practices is important for the design of effective cross-cultural health promotion interventions."

Global evidence suggests that harmful social norms play a key role in perpetuating child marriage (CM), which is a health problem and a human rights issue. This paper reports a qualitative study of CM among 4 ethnic groups living in rural Cameroon. Its aim is to explore how the hypothesis, advanced in the Theory of Normative Spectrum (TNS), that norms vary in strength can help researchers and practitioners design CM studies, measurement tools, and interventions.

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A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room   

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann This is scholarly and well researched: a continuation of Kaufmann’s PhD thesis: in other words a proper history book. There is a myth that there were very few people of colour in England in the Tudor period and that Elizabeth 1 made an effort to get rid of those that were. Strictly Kaufmann extends her range to the mid-1620s. Here ten particular men and women are identified and their stories told. Kaufmann does have a tendency to wander off the point and give background detail, probably because her source material is fairly thin. The main sources of evidence are parish and court records: deaths, baptisms, court cases of variable kinds. We start with a trumpeter at the early Tudor Court, John Blanke who was present at Henry VIII’s coronation and end with Cattalena of Almondsbury in Gloucestershire whose possessions at her death were recorded (including her cow) in the early seventeenth century. She was a free and single woman, living alone in an English village: supporting herself. Another woman, a widow was designated as her executor. We know there were Africans living in England in the Roman period. By the end of the Tudor period there were communities in most of the ports, but especially in London. Kaufmann has identified 360 people identified as being black in records of the time. As records are only partial there were likely a significant number more. She also identifies that the very confusing Admiralty records have been little researched and they will have much more information as a number of those identified were certainly sailors. This is before the slave trade (apart from a couple of abortive voyages by Hawkins in the 1560s) and before there were any major colonies. Some were here as a result of trade with the West African coast; others were liberated from Spanish or Portuguese ships; some came with particular skills like Jacques Francis who was part of a team of divers who were charged with swimming down to the wreck of the Mary Rose and salvaging what they could. Kaufmann has an awareness of the times in which she writes: “as debate about immigration becomes even more vituperative and divisive, it is vital to understand that the British Isles have always been peopled by immigrants. The Black Tudors are just one of a series of different peoples who arrived on these shores in centuries past.” The science of DNA has added to weight of evidence as well. A man in Wales was able to trace his family tree back to Tudor times and a black servant in one of the great houses. This man, known as Jetto has descendants in many parts of the Britain and even as far as Australia. By the nature of humanity many of those who settled here married as well. All of these migrants were free; slavery wasn’t legal at the time, not in England. There is evidence that many of the pirate ships had crews that were often up to half black, mostly escaped slaves from the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. This is a fascinating account and being a historian by original training I appreciated the scholarship that went into it. This is very much a starting point and I am sure research will develop the story. There were a few niggles and a few tangents, but on the whole this is a good counterpoint to some traditional Tudor histories. 7 and a half out of 10 Starting Missing Fay by Adam Thorpe

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크리스 스몰링이 아스날과의 링크가 계속 나오자 많은 맨유팬들은 스왑딜을 제안하고 있습니다.

이탈리아에서의 보도에 따르면 아스날은 그들의 후방을 강화하기 위하여 잉글랜드 프리미어리그 내의 라이벌에게 오퍼를 넣었다고 보도했습니다.

또한 Metro 의 보도에 따르면 맨체스터 유나이티드는 아스날로부터 이미 스몰링에 대한 오퍼를 받았다고 보도했습니다.

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Söndagen den 29:e mars 2020   

Juventus stryper löner, lite fakta om corona, virus och ett självskattningstest! IDROTTSHISTORIA: 1884: Skottar i FA-cupfinal. 2000: Millennium Stadium invigs. 2008: Derby laget som tidigast av alla åkt ur Premier League. 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo blir en flygplats. FÖDDA: N'Golo, Arnold, Marc, Rui. DAGENS TRÖJADAGENS BLOGGTEXT OM LÖRDAGEN DEN 28/3 2020Juventus stryper löner, lite fakta om corona, virus och ett självskattningstest! Jag skrev om att klubbar och spelare ute i Europa gör sitt för att hjälpa till, men riktigt så rika är inte klubbarna. Barcelona sänker tillfälligt löner och nu har Juventus kommit till ett avtal med spelare och ledare. Det påstås att man avstår löner under fyra månader, mars till juni för att klubben ska kunna tjäna pengar, eller rättare sagt inte förlora för mycket pengar. Ungefär 990 miljoner kronor rör det sig om. Detta skulle i viss mån kunna tydas som om Juventus inte tror på spel före juli månad. Men har man lagt ner olika idrotts och underhållningsevenemang så vore det enda rätta att stryka alla ligor och cuper ut protokollen och helt enkelt starta om från noll med säsongen 2020-2021. Med dessa meddelanden så verkar spekulationen om vilka spelare som ska gå till vilka klubbar i sommar totalt ointressanta i detta ögonblick.   För ett tag sedan meddelade jag att det vi kallar coronaviruset egentligen heter SARS-CoV-2. Många har för sig att det heter COVID-19. Detta namn har WHO kommit på och det står för ”coronavirus disease 2019”. Alltså ett mer begripligt namn på sjukdomen. Vad som inte är så begripligt är vad ett virus är. Många undrar hur länge ett sådant virus kan överleva och där är svaret enkelt. Det kan inte överleva då ett virus inte har något liv. Det beskrivs som "ett mellanting mellan levande och död materia". De kan inte föröka sig utan att infektera en levande cell. Med hjälp av cellens maskineri tillverkar viruset fler viruspartiklar.   Virus kan inte förflytta sig av egen kraft, utan är beroende av att komma i kontakt med en värdcell av rätt slag för den aktuella typen av virus. Virus sprids ofta via kroppsvätskor, luften, fysisk kontakt och avföring, direkt kontakt med smittokälla eller via luften i aerosoler. Då virus inte är levande partiklar är många av dem mycket motståndskraftiga mot krävande miljöer både utanför och inne i kroppen.   En sak som många fått för sig är detta att använda munskydd. För den som är frisk skyddar inte munskydd mot virus. Men för den som är sjuk kan munskydd till viss del skydda omgivningen från hostningar och nysningar. Så om Ni ser någon ute på stan med munskydd så får man anta att det är en person som är smittad och då kan det vara bra att hålla sig en bit ifrån denna person. Annars gäller följande punkter: Undvika att röra vid ansiktet eller ögonen. Undvika nära kontakt med sjuka människor. Tvätta händerna ofta med tvål och vatten, särskilt i efter att du har varit utomhus. Har man inte tillgång till det kan även handsprit vara ett alternativ. Hosta och nys i armvecket eller i en näsduk. Stanna hemma när du är sjuk. Skulle man vara tveksam om hur man känner sig så har Hälso- och sjukvårdsförvaltningen i Region Stockholm tagit fram ett självskattningstest. Är man nyfiken så finns det här:   Till självskattningstestet! FOTBOLLSHISTORIA från den 29:e mars.1884 FA-cup finalIdag 1884 spelades den Engelska FA-cupfinalen. Finallagen var Blackburn Rovers och Queens Park FC (icke att förväxlas med Queens Park Rangers från London). Finallaget Queens Park var och är från Glasgow. De hade trots att de var ett skotskt lag sökt medlemskap i FA och beviljats detta. Det var innan de skotska ligorna kom igång. Blackburn vann med 2-1. Även året därpå möttes samma lag i finalen och det blev samma segrare. Det är bara två icke-engelska lag som varit i FA-cup final. Det andra är Cardiff City som också är det icke-engelska lag som vunnit. 1927 slog de Arsenal med 1-0. Cardiff har varit förlorarna i två finaler också.FOTBOLLSHISTORIA från den 29:e mars.2000 Debut på Millennium StadiumIdag 2000 invigde Wales fotbollslandslag den nya fina Millennium Stadium i Cardiff. Rugbylandslaget hade hunnit före och redan året innan mött Sydafrika. En match som de vann. Wales fotbollslandslag hade också tänkt sig en seger i debuten på den nya nationalstadion. De hade bjudit in Finland, med walesarna fick lämna matchen, besvikna med en 1-2 förlust.FOTBOLLSHISTORIA från den 29:e mars.2008 oavgjort blev förlust för DerbyIdag 2008 spelade Derby County 2-2 mot Fulham i Premier League. I och med att Derby bara fick ett poäng var det klart att de inte hade någon chans att stanna kvar i den högsta serie. Detta är i Premier Leagues historia de tidigaste datum som det stått klart att ett lag blivit nedflyttade. Trots att laget inte längre hade något tryck på sig förlorade de även de sex resterande matcherna.FOTBOLLSHISTORIA från den 29:e mars.2017 Cristiano Ronaldo "äras"Cristiano Ronaldo föddes på Madeira i Funchal. Den 28:e mars 2017 spelades en vänskapsmatch mellan Portugal och Sverige i Funchal. Sverige vann med 3-2. Fast det historiska inträffade dagen efter, alltså idag 2017. Då gjordes Cristiano Ronaldo odödlig i sin hemstad. Vid en ceremoni på stadens flygplats förkunnades att de från och med nu ska heta "Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo".  Dagen till ära hade även den inhemske konstnären Emanuel Santos tillverkat en byst som föreställde Cristiano Ronaldo. Fast det med föreställde gick det delade meningar om. Konstnären blev på en dag världsberömd och det blev även hans skulptur. Det var delade meningar om skulpturen och den 15:e juni 2018 byttes den ut mot en ny. Nu är det många som letar efter den ursprungliga bysten och blir besvikna då de anser att de blivit berövade på en sevärdhet. FOTBOLLSPROFILER som föddes den 29:e mars.N'Golo KANTÉ blir 29 årN'Golo KANTÉ är född 1991 i Paris, Frankrike. Mittfältare 39 A-landskamper för Frankrike. Klubbar som spelare: JS Suresnes (1999–2010), Boulogne (2010–13), Caen (2013–15), Leicester City (2015–16), Chelsea (2016–). Han har blivit Premier  Leaguemästare två år i rad, 2016 med Leicester City och 2017 med Chelsea. Fast toppen är givetvis världsmästare 2018. FOTBOLLSPROFILER som föddes den 29:e mars.Arnold PERALTA blev 26 årArnold Fabián PERALTA Sosa var född 1989 i La Ceiba, Honduras. Mittfältare 14 U- och 26 A-landskamper för Honduras. Klubbar som spelare: Vida (2008–13), Rangers (2013–15), Olimpia (2015). Den 10:e december 2015 befann han sig utanför ett köpcenter i sin hemstad La Ceiba. Där träffades han av 18 skott och avled omedelbart. Det är fortfarande oklart om detta var ett maffiarelaterat mord eller om Arnold bar på någon hemlighet hans familj inte visste om. FOTBOLLSPROFILER som föddes den 29:e mars.Marc OVERMARS blir 47 årMarc OVERMARS är född 1973 i Emst, Nederländerna. Mittfältare 86 landskamper för Nederländerna. Klubbar som spelare: SV Epe (1978-87), Go Ahead Eagles (1987-91), Willem II (1991-92), Ajax (1992-97), Arsenal (1997-2000), Barcelona (2000-04), Go Ahead Eagles igen (2008-09). Under sin karriär utsågs han till Nederländernas bästa fotbollsspelare två år i rad, 1992 och 1993. FOTBOLLSPROFILER som föddes den 29:e mars.RUI COSTA blir 48 årRUI COSTA Rui Manuel César Costa är född 1972 i Amadora, Portugal. Mittfältare 34 U- och 94 A-landskamper för Portugal. Klubbar som spelare: Benfica (1977-94), Fafe (1990-91 lån), Fiorentina (1994-2001), Milan (2001-06), Benfica igen (2006-08). Costa nominerades 2004 av Pelé till FIFA 100, en lista över världens 125 största nu levande fotbollsspelare. DAGENS CITAT.DAGENS WALLPAPER för PC (1920x1080)HA EN BRA DAG!

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Fr Bryan Jones RIP   

It is with sadness that we announce the news of the death, yesterday evening 28th March, of Fr Bryan Jones.  Fr Bryan died peacefully at the Royal London Hospital following admission earlier this month.  While in hospital he received the Sacrame...

Watch: Stations of the Cross from White City   

A Stations of the Cross Reflection a t this time of the Coronavirus P andemic Our Lady of Fatima church, White City, London In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen   Lord Jesus, during this time of severe test and tr...

“Where Is Buhari?” Nigerians Mock President Buhari With #BuhariChallenge   

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Premier League discusses isolated camps for hosting remaining games amid coronavirus pandemic   

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WTTC Implores G20 Leaders to Save Travel and Tourism Sector   

London (United Kingdom) – March 26, 2020 ( – World tourism leaders have been urged to execute crucial measures to save the travel and tourism sector, ahead of a special meeting of the G20 hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. The call was made by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which …

WTTC: Latest research from WTTC Shows 50% Increase in Jobs at Risk   

London (Great Britain) – March 25, 2020 ( – Up to 75 million jobs are at immediate risk in global Travel & Tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The alarming figure, based on research from WTTC, shows a punishing Travel & Tourism GDP loss to the …

Public News   


   If you are a REGISTERED member of the East Kent Branch Grenadier Guards Association, please also log into the "Branch Members Login" area of this website and see the messages intended for registered member’s eyes only. 

The following are for general awareness of all visitors to our website:

Message received PM on 23 March 2020

It has just been announced that the seating stands will not be erected on Horse Guards Parade this year. The arrangements for the Queen’s Birthday Parade have not been announced, but we are aware that London and Windsor based troops will be part of the MOD's corona virus force.

Beating Retreat will not take place. Monies paid for any tickets will be refunded through the online agency.

Nominations of guests to 2020 Buckingham Palace Garden Parties will be held over until 2021 and re-submitted.

The ones amongst you have sent Sgt Haughton a Cheque at RHQ, they will now be destroyed, not posted back.

Any Questions please Email Sgt Haughton on and he will do his utmost to get you an answer.

Message posted: 30 August 2019

Gill Connolly, Luke and Natasha wish to inform all those concerned that Joe's funeral will take place at 2pm (1400 hrs) on Thursday 26 September 2019. 

The service will be held at Woking crematorium (The Crematorium, Hermitage Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 8TJ) and afterwards at Knaphill Working Men's Club (2 Highclere Road, Knaphill, Surrey GU21 2PN). 

Can those wishing to attend please confirm their attendance with Luke Connolly ( ((NB: EMAIL ADDRESS AMMENDED)) to allow for catering requirements? 

Alternatively, provide attendance confirmation direct onto Joe Connolly's Facebook page ( 

The family request no flowers to be sent, but donations to Help for Heroes will be taken at the venue; should you wish to donate. 

For those not attending on 26 September 2019, but who would like to leave a donation to Help for Heroes, in Joe's memory, please visit to make an online donation. Once at that link, please ensure you tick the box marked "Are you donating in memory of someone?" and then enter the name, Joe Connolly, where it says "Please tell us who you are donating in memory of".

If you wish to send a condolence card, or message to Gill, Luke and Natasha, then please email and this will provide the postal address to send to. 


Message posted: 28 August 2019

Den and Dave Barrett have asked us to assist with getting the following message passed to as many Grenadiers as possible and is sent on behalf of the Connolly family:

"It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that Joe Connolly passed away early hours Sunday morning (25 August 2019).  Words cannot explain how we are feeling.  All I can say is that he went peacefully in his sleep.  I will let everyone know funeral arrangements once I know myself.  Thank you, Gill and Luke Connolly"

Joe Connolly


Message posted: 20 February 2019

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have launched (as of 18th February 2019) a new Veterans' ID card which will enable public and charitable sector services to instantly recognise the service of a Veteran. This card will provide proof that a Veteran has served in HM Armed Forces in line with the Government definition of a Veteran - which is one day’s service.

Currently, there is no way for existing Veterans to easily prove the fact that they have served and the administrative burden on providers when verifying that a person is a Veteran can be considerable, both in time and cost. This card will allow you to confidentially verify that someone has served in the Armed Forces.

However, this card will not be held by all Veterans as it is being rolled out in tranches

> Phase 1: To all Service Leavers only, as part of the discharge process with effect from 18th February 2019, and retrospectively to those who left on or after 17 December 2018

> Phase 2: Applications from the wider Veteran Community will be encouraged once the process has been agreed. Information on how to apply will be made available closer to the time - before the end of 2019

Some genuine Veterans in need may not have the capacity to apply for one.

Therefore, please do not take the absence of a Veterans' ID card as proof that a person is not a Veteran. Instead continue to use your existing processes to verify their Veteran status (click here for the related article regarding applying for service records)

Veterans should contact the Veterans' UK Helpline number for further relevant information. Their details are below.

Telephone: 0808 1914 218


Website – 


Message posted: 14 February 2019

RHQ have received numerous requests to check service records for service history.  This is to advise of the process for ex-service personnel record requests.

The Archive Department, at RHQ, only now has a record (register) of service numbers and names to confirm an individual was a Grenadier, which the Association SNCCCO can use to check on an as-and-when basis.  However, the process for reviewing service records is now as follows:

All Records of Service (including Officers) have been transferred to the Ministry of Defence and RHQ are no longer able to answer any queries about individuals who have served in the Regiment.

 Please send your enquiry to Army Disclosures, Army Personnel Centre, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX or visit:

If you have any questions, please telephone the Army Personnel Centre helpdesk on 0345 600 9663.

Individuals – or their attorney’s/next of kin’s – should complete the relevant forms in order to obtain the information required, which can then be disclosed to them for the relevant purposes.

The same process should be followed if Branches need to obtain information for specific purposes (e.g. welfare cases), albeit through an internal request system via the Association SNCO.




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We Were Brothers in Arms - Frank Clark

We Were Brothers in Arms is an attempt to understand the experience of battle during WW2 through the personal experiences of the ordinary soldier.

Frank Clark has gathered together the amazing stories of British soldiers during the eleven months of frenzied warfare that followed D-Day, and combined them into this fascinating volume. As a veteran himself (serving in WW2, Korea, Malaya, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and during the Cold War), Frank is well versed in the adrenalin of battle, and here he brings together the tales of a wide cross section of fighting men on the front line. There are stories from the infantry, the assault troops who stormed the Normandy beaches and forced bridgeheads. The dashing reconnaissance men in their thin-skinned, tanks sending back vital radio reports; the parachutists, dropping behind enemy lines to fight, the sappers building bridges and clearing minefields under fire; the gunners, bringing down fast, furious and accurate barrages; the signallers, patching up communication links; the non-combatant stretcher-bearers, the doctors tending the wounded, the support services bringing up food and ammunition. This book tells their story of war, and reminds us why their sacrifice should never be forgotten.

We Are Btrothers In Arms

We Were Brothers in Arms is a compelling account of the last months of war told through eye witness accounts, some never before published.

Frank has met all publishing costs, so by ordering though the East Kent Branch, RHQ or via the author (Frank Clark) will ensure that the full cost of the book is donated to The Colonel’s Fund Grenadier Guards (registered charity no. 1062257). Ordering via Amazon or the publisher of the book will mean only the profit going to the charity.

The 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards returned from Afghanistan at the end of October 2012 after a grueling but highly successful operational tour. Sadly, 5 Grenadiers were killed in action and there were 46 battle casualties, of which 11 were amputees. A Victoria Cross was won but sadly posthumously. Such a grim toll shows only too clearly that the task of helping our Grenadiers is sadly only just beginning and we will need to continue to raise funds into the future. Your purchase of Frank's book will help raise much needed funds.

To order a copy, please make contact with the East Kent Branch (via our Contact page) and we will provide detail on how to order.

Product details

·     Paperback: 400 pages

 ·     First Published: 1 December 2013

 ·     Language: English

 ·     ISBN-10: 1783061863

 ·     ISBN-13: 978-1783061860

 ·     Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm

 ·     Cost for Paperback (unsigned): £16.99 + P&P

·     Cost for Paperback (signed by the author): £20 + £2.80 P&P (sent by the author)


The Killing Zone

 The latest book to be published by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) RM Dorney MBE (one of our Vice Presidents) is available for purchase on the Amazon website.

The Killing Zone

It should also be available in all good bookshops and many supermarkets.

All profits from the sale of 'The Killing Zone' will be donated to The Colonels Fund Grenadier Guards and combat stress charities.

The Killing Zone is a detailed and personal account, from ground level of the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards last tour of duty in Helmand province.

To go to the Amazon purchase page CLICK HERE.

Available in paperback and in Kindle versions. Please also tell your friends and family about the book and help make this a best seller.


Opearations in Iraq: Household Division Fatalities   


It is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the following fatalities suffered during Operation TELIC.

A total of 179 British Armed Forces personnel or MOD civilians died serving on Operation TELIC since the start of the campaign in March 2003.

Of these, 136 were killed as a result of hostile action.

43 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation.

The balance of these figures may change as inquests are concluded. A more detailed breakdown of fatalities and casualties can be found here.

The East Kent Branch honour and respect the dedicated service and sacrifice of all service personnel who have served on Op Granby. We also mourn the deaths of all service personnel who have died while serving in Iraq since the start of operations.

This page records the names of those members of the Household Division who sadly find themselves upon that list:

Guardsman Stephen Ferguson 1st Battalion Scots Guards, aged 31, from Lanarkshire, died in Selly Oak Hospital in the UK on Thursday 13 December 2007 from injuries sustained in a non-battle incident near the Contingency Operating Base in Basra on Wednesday 12 December 2007.

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence confirmed the deaths of Lance Sergeant Chris Casey and Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath of 1st Battalion, Irish Guards in southern Iraq on Thursday 9 August 2007.

Click HERE to see the list of UK Military and Civilian personnnel killed on operations in Iraq between the start of combat operations and 31 December 2006.


Join the Regiment   


Double the challenge

The added challenge is that by joining the Grenadiers you become one of the elite who combine the duty of The Queen's personal bodyguard with being a professional Infantry soldier employable anywhere in the world.

A Profession

Today's British Army is more than a job. It's a profession. The Grenadiers know that they have to compete with other employers for the best men in the country.

Times have changed. Yes, standards are still high and yes, it can be tough, but today as a Grenadier you have to combine the traditional skills of an Infantry Soldier with the new skills required of many professionals in the 21st century. 

Training to be a Grenadier Guardsman

The training to become a grenadier Guardsman is undertaken in two distinct phases at Catterick in North Yorkshire. All aspects of the training courses are progressive, starting out at a basic level whilst you, as a recruit, will build your confidence, then become more challenged as your skills and knowledge increase:


The course lasts for 12 weeks, and as a teaching course, means that you are not expected to know everything when you join. The aim of the course is to turn you, a civilian, into a soldier able to protect yourself and carry out all basic military skills.


The Army places physical fitness high on its list of priorities. Phase One training is progressive and with commitment, you will achieve the level of fitness required to finish the course.

In the first week, you complete a series of physical tests; sit ups, press ups, lifting weights and a mile and a half run.

To give a guide for how fit entrants need to be when starting, the run must be completed in less than eleven and a half minutes.

It is an impressive fact that, at the end of the course, you are able to march six miles carrying 35 pounds and then do a days work!


The Phase One training course consists of indoor and outdoor lessons, each covering a great variety of subjects and skills.


During the twelve week course, you will cover a lot of ground in the form of lessons and skills development. These range from survival on the battlefield to how to wear your uniform correctly. The majority of these lessons are taught by the platoon staff. Some of the lessons taught in the classroom include:


  • Map Reading
  • Rifle Lesson
  • Nuclear, biological and chemical survival
  • Moral understanding
  • Equal opportunities
  • First Aid
  • Battlefield Skills
  • Health and hygiene


Whilst most topics are introduced in the classroom, you are training for the Army and must be able to put what has been taught into practice outside, on training areas, in any weather conditions. For this reason, a large amount of instruction takes place outside. Some of the topics covered in outdoor lessons include:

  • Ranges (shooting)
  • Map reading
  • Foot drill and arms drill
  • Fire and movement
  • March and shoot
  • Platoon harbour drills
  • Patrolling skills
  • Movement at night
  • Adventurous training

You are twice the man
in the
Grenadier Guards!

After eight weeks of the Phase One training course, you undertake a week of 'adventurous training'. these activities are varied and may include: canoeing, rock-climbing, abseiling, swimming, mountain biking and quad biking, to name a few.

The adventurous training week is popular with both staff and recruits as it is a lot of fun. Coming almost halfway through the course, it's a welcome change from military training and is challenging, but in a different way. The atmosphere is more relaxed and provides an opportunity to get to know the training staff in a less formal atmosphere.


Phase Two training will make you, a soldier, into an infantryman.


Self-discipline is vital in the Army. This is certainly a strength that you will need to develop and use in order to complete Phase One training and progress to Phase Two. If you are prepared to put in the effort, the staff will teach you all you need to know to pass the course.


The Combat Infantryman's Course is the framework upon which all Regular Infantry training is based. It equips you with special skills needed to operate in a rifle platoon. Successful completion of the Combat Infantryman's Course marks the end of your initial Army training.

As a qualified combat infantryman you will then possess the fitness, knowledge and skills allowing you to join a battalion ready to deploy on operational tours. You will have gained an excellent foundation upon which to learn other specialist infantry skills such as driver, Milan missile operator, mortar man or radio operator. The training at Catterick also earns credit towards a national vocational qualification, Level 2.


The Company enjoys the independence of its own transport, physical training instructors, snipers and pioneers. The Company is 108 strong and its role is to assist in ceremonial duties and military training.


The Company was formed in 1994, from the Second Battalion Grenadier Guards and is based, at present, in London. It is ready for deployment anywhere in the world and engages in an overseas exercise once or twice a year.


The Grenadier Guards becomes family and friends for all new Guardsmen and this settling in takes time. Guidance is given on the role and conduct of a Guardsman and the encouragement to develop the appropriate manner with which Grenadiers carry out all tasks.

Further training is given in diverse climates from deserts to Artic conditions, to build on the skills and fitness achieved during the first phases of training. Training tests the physical fitness already achieved and extends it to a level that equips a Guardsman to be fit at all times.


Life in the Regiment is taken at a more measured pace than Phase One and Two training and whilst new arrivals are still given a set programme and specific tasks to complete, they usually find that they have a little more time to complete them. The outline below gives an idea of the type of day that a Grenadier Guardsman can expect.


The day can vary from live firing on Salisbury Plain to learning how to survive in the jungles of Belize. Your day may well include the following:

  • Rehearsals for a State Visit
  • Rugby, tennis, volleyball
  • Night attack rehearsals in the Kenyan Bush
  • Priming grenades and loading magazines
  • Nights out in London
The over-riding theme of life as a Grenadier Guardsman is variety. An enthusiastic approach and willingness to adapt to change and the unexpected are essential. All in all, life in the Grenadier Guards is never dull and promises a rewarding and stimulating future for all who can meet its challenges.

We need the best men available, are you up to it? For more details visit any Army Careers Office or click the hyperlink below:

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The Regiment   


An Abridged History

The life of our Regiment began in Flanders. At many times in the last three hundred years the towns and villages of the Low Countries have been familiar to men of the Ist Guards. They fought in 1658, and again in 1940, against great odds, on the road between Furnes and Dunkirk. Under the great Duke of Marlborough they bore their part in the victories of Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet. At Waterloo in 1815 they won their name, a name to which great honour was added a century later in the mud and suffering of the Western Front. In 1944 they entered Brussels at the head of a victorious British Army. They have returned gloriously many times to Flanders, and in Flanders they were first formed.

In 1656 King Charles II was in exile, and England lay under the military dictatorship of Cromwell, the Lord Protector. In May of that year the King formed his Royal Regiment of Guards at Bruges, under the Colonelcy of Lord Wentworth. The Regiment was first recruited from the loyal men who had followed their King into exile rather than live under tyranny, and their reward came in 1660 when the King was restored to his throne. After the Restoration, a second Royal Regiment of Guards was formed in England under the Colonelcy of Colonel John Russell. In 1665, following Lord Wentworth's death, both Regiments were incorporated into a single Regiment with twenty-four Companies, whose royal badges or devices, given by King Charles II, are still emblazoned on its Colours.

The Regiment, later termed "The First Regiment of Foot Guards", and now called "The First or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards", has fought in almost every major campaign of the British Army from that time until our own. Under the last two Stuart Kings it fought against the Moors at Tangiers, and in America, and even took part as Marines in the naval wars against the Dutch.

In the Wars of the Spanish Succession, the 1st Guards served under a commander who had joined the King's Company of the Regiment as an Ensign in 1667. His name was John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough who was Colonel of the Regiment and who, with his brilliant victories of Blenheim (1704), Ramillies (1706), Oudenarde (1708) and Malplaquet (1709), established his reputation as one of the greatest soldiers of all time. The 1st Guards took part in his famous march from the Low Countries to the Danube in 1704, and when the British stormed the fortified heights of the Schellenberg before Blenheim, the Regiment led the assault.

In the long series of wars against France - then the chief military power of Europe - that covered fifty-six of the 126 years between 1689 and 1815, the 1st Guards played their part. They fought at Dettingen and Fontenoy, where the superb steadiness of their advance under a murderous cannonade won the admiration of both armies. Rigid attention to detail, flawless perfection of uniform and equipment and a discipline of steel were the hard school in which the tempered metal of the Regiment was made for the service of the State. Yet running through that tradition of discipline, of harsh punishments, of undeviating rule, ran a vein of poetry, of humour, of loyalty to comrade, of sense of belonging to something greater than any individual, something undying and profound. And the letters and diaries of men of the Regiment of those days bear witness to it.

During the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the 1st Guards, crossing to Holland in 1793, were among the first British troops to land in Europe. Driven from the Continent two years later, they returned in 1799 when another British Army attempted, though in vain, to liberate Holland. In the autumn and winter of 1808 they took part in Sir John Moore's classic march and counter-march against Napoleon in Northern Spain and, when under the terrible hardships encountered on the retreat across the wild Galician mountains the tattered, footsore troops, tested almost beyond endurance, showed signs of collapse, the 1st Foot Guards, with their splendid marching discipline, lost fewer men by sickness and desertion than any other unit in the Army. Subsequently they took part in the battle of Corunna and when Sir John Moore fell mortally wounded in the hour of victory it was men of the 1st Foot Guards who bore him, dying, from the field. Next year, they fought again in Spain under one of the great Captains of history, an officer also destined to become Colonel of the Regiment, Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington. Under Wellesley, they took part in the desperate engagements of the Peninsular War.

When, after the victorious peace that followed, Napoleon escaped from Elba and re-entered Paris, the Regiment returned to the Low Countries. In the middle of June 1815 the Emperor struck at the British and Prussian forces north of the Meuse, seeking to separate them and destroy them severally. After a fierce encounter at Quatre Bras on June 16th, 1815, in which the 3rd Battalion suffered heavy casualties, Wellington's Army withdrew to Waterloo, and on Sunday June 18th, was fought the battle in which the Regiment gained its present title and undying fame. During the morning the light companies of the Guards defended the farm of Hougoumont, the light companies of the 1st Guards being withdrawn later to join their battalions - the 2nd and 3rd Battalions. At evening these two battalions, together forming the 1st Brigade, were in position behind the ridge which gave shelter to the Army. At this point Napoleon directed his final assault with fresh troops - the Imperial Guard, which had hitherto been maintained in reserve. That assault was utterly defeated, and, in honour of their defeat of the Grenadiers of the French Imperial Guard, the 1st Guards were made a Regiment of Grenadiers and given the title of "First or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards" which they bear to this day.

During the Crimean War, the 3rd Battalion formed part of Lord Raglan's Army, which stormed the heights above the River Alma and besieged the Russian fortress of Sebastopol. During the early part of that grim siege was fought, in November 1854, the battle of Inkerman. The defence of the Sandbag Battery in the fog against overwhelming odds is one of the epics of British military history. On that day the Brigade of Guards, of which the 3rd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards formed part, lost half its officers and men, but not a single prisoner or an inch of ground.

The Grenadier Guards fought at Tel-el-Kebir and in the Boer War, proving the worth of discipline and esprit de corps in the era of khaki, machine guns and open order as they had done under the old dispensation of muskets and scarlet and gold. In the first Great War of 1914-18, they fought in nearly all the principle battles of the Western front. At First Ypres all but 4 officers and 200 men of the 1st Battalion and 4 officers and 140 men of the 2nd fell in action.

During this war a 4th Battalion was formed for the first time and covered itself with glory in the critical fighting in the spring of 1918. The Marne, the Aisne, Ypres, Loos, the Somme, Cambrai, Arras, Hazebrouck and the Hindenburgh Line are inscribed on the Colours of the Regiment, commemorating its part in the bloodiest war of our history. Before the final victory was won and the German Imperial Army was broken by Britain's new Armies, 12,000 casualties had been suffered by the Regiment.

In 1939 the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions again returned to the Continent, forming part of the British Expeditionary Force under Lord Gort, himself a Grenadier. During the retreat of 1940, the traditional discipline of the Regiment stood the test as it had done at First Ypres, Corunna and Waterloo. Two of its Battalions fought in the Division then commanded by Major General, later Field Marshal, Montgomery and another in that commanded by Major General, later Field Marshal, Alexander. At Dunkirk, which the Regiment had garrisoned under Charles II, it took part in the defences of the perimeter, under cover of which the embarkation of the Army was made. In the course of that year the 4th Battalion was re-formed, and in 1941 two further Battalions, the 5th and 6th, were raised.

The Regiment was represented in the Eighth Army's famous advance to Tunisia, taking part in the battle of Mareth, where the 6th Battalion, the first to meet the enemy after the evacuation of Dunkirk, suffered heavy casualties but won the respect of friend and foe alike. The 3rd and 5th Battalions shared in the invasion of North Africa; all three Battalions were engaged in the invasion of Italy and the Italian campaign, the 5th Battalion forming part of the force that landed at Anzio.

Meanwhile, in England, the 2nd and 4th Battalions had been converted to armour, and the 2nd Battalion, with the 1st Battalion, which had become a Motor Battalion, served in the Guards Armoured Division under the command of Major General Allan Adair, another Grenadier, and later to become Colonel of the Regiment. The 4th Battalion formed part of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade. These three Battalions fought in the battles of Normandy and across France and Germany. In September 1944 the 1st and 2nd Battalions entered Brussels. On September 20th tanks of the 2nd Battalion and troops of the 1st Battalion crossed the Nijmegen Bridge. In 1945 the Army entered Germany.

The British public most frequently sees the Grenadier at his ceremonial duties in time of peace. But behind this ceremony lies a tradition tested on the battlefields of British history, a tradition as valid to-day as ever, a tradition of discipline, comradeship, loyalty and fidelity to one another, to the Country, and to the Crown. It was expressed by the then Colonel of the Regiment, the Prince Consort, speaking on the 200th anniversary of our formation in words that remain as true over a century later. "That same discipline which has made this Regiment ever ready and terrible in war has enabled it to pass long periods of peace in the midst of all temptations of a luxurious metropolis without the loss of vigour and energy; to live in harmony and good-fellowship with its fellow citizens; and to point to the remarkable fact that the Household Troops have for over 200 years formed the permanent garrison of London; have always been at the command of the civil power to support law and order, but have never themselves disturbed that order, or given cause of complaint, either by insolence or licentiousness. Let us hope that for centuries to come these noble qualities may still shine forth, and that the Almighty will continue to shield and favour this little band of devoted soldiers".

Post Word War 2

Since 1945 the Regiment has served in virtually every one of the "small campaigns" and crises which have marked the last few decades, and has continued its traditional and privileged task of mounting guard over the person of the Sovereign.

In the Gulf war of 1991, the 1st Battalion went from the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) - Germany - to fight in their Warrior armoured personnel carriers.desert

They then returned to London to Troop their Colour on the Queen's Birthday Parade in 1992, before going to South Armagh for a six month operational tour in Northern Ireland.

They have since carried out operational tours in the Falkland Isles, operational tours in Northern Ireland and in April 2000 were part of 12 Mechanised Brigade, ready to embark on operations worldwide.

In 2001, the deployment of troops to Heathrow airport held no surprise to see the Grenadiers, along with the Household Cavalry, deployed in an anti-terrorist role. Even though the year was just 5 weeks old, the Regiment had been on Public Duties, covered for the Firemen strike and had undertaken anti-terrorist duties.

In 2002, the Trooping the Colour Parade was somewhat of a unique occasion as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards were represented on parade by:

  • Escort - The Queen's Company
  • No 2 Guard - Nijmegan Company
  • No 3 Guard - The Inkerman Company

Today the Regiment consists of the First Battalion, Nijmegen Company, 15th Company (Regimental Headquarters and the Regimental Band), 14th Company (Guards Company - Army Training Regiment, Pirbright) and the 13th Company (Guards Company - Infantry Training Centre, Catterick).

The Right Flank Company of the 1st Battalion is called the Queen's Company. The Left Flank Company is called the Inkerman Company and retains the inherited privileges of the 3rd Battalion.

During its 2007 operational tour in Afghanistan (OP HERRICK 6), the third operational tour in as many years, the 1st Battalion was engaged in some of the fiercest and most prolonged infantry fighting the British Army had experienced in recent times.

In April 2010, the 1st Battalion returned from operations in Afghanistan (OP HERRICK 11).

On Tuesday 11 May 2010, Her Majesty The Queen presented new Colours to the 1st Battalion. The 1st Battalion subsequently Trooped their new Queen's Colour on the 2010 Queen's Birthday Parade. The old Colours were laid up in Lincoln Cathedral on Thursday 21 October 2010.

In April 2012, the 1st Battalion deployed on operations in Afghanistan (OP HERRICK 16) and retuned to the UK in October 2012.

Her Majesty presented new Colours to Nijmegen Company on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

The 1st Battalion is presently stationed in Lille Barracks, Aldershot.


The Household Division   


The Household Division motto is Septem juncta in uno (Seven joined in one).

  • Household Cavalry (composed of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals)
  • Foot Guards (composed of the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards, the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, and the Welsh Guards)

The seven regiments that form the Household Division are all currently units of the regular army. In 2004, however, the Minister of Defence announced that the Foot Guards would gain a reserve (or Territorial Army) battalion, the London Regiment. The London Regiment are however neither Foot Guards nor household troops. The Household Division and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery are collectively referred to as the Household Troops. They are under the command of the Major-General Commanding the Household Division, who is also General Officer Commanding London District. From 1950-1968, the term Household Brigade was used.

The connection with the Sovereign remains important ceremonially and operationally, and the Household Division provides both ceremonial and operational support for the Crown. One of the five Foot Guards regiments is selected each year to troop their colour before the Sovereign at Trooping the Colour annually in June. This ceremony includes march-pasts in slow and quick time, and is attended by the Household Troops. Orders for the Household Division are conveyed through the Royal Household to the Major-General via the Field Officer in Brigade Waiting (for the Foot Guards) and the Silver Stick in Waiting (for the Household Cavalry).

The Household Division provides two battalions and incremental companies at any one time tasked for public duties, which include the protection of the Sovereign. In the event of crisis or war it is believed that one of these would be responsible for protecting the person of the Sovereign and facilitating his or her evacuation if this were necessary. In the Second World War a special unit, known as Coats Mission, was entrusted with this latter task. In the 1960s, war plans apparently envisaged evacuating the Sovereign to the Royal Yacht Britannia. It would appear that, contrary to persistent rumour, there were no plans for the Sovereign to join the Prime Minister at the Corsham bunker complex known variously as Hawthorn or Turnstile.

Music and the British Household Division

Music is an essential component of ceremonial regimental life in the UK. Each of the five Foot Guards regiments has its own band and its own regimental quick and slow marches. These are on show in the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Similarly, both the Household Cavalry regiments have their own mounted bands and also their own regimental quick and slow marches.

The Massed Bands and Massed Mounted Bands feature annually at Trooping the Colour. The term "Massed Bands" denotes the amalgamated bands of all five Foot Guards regiments, and numbers around 250 musicians. The term "Massed Mounted Bands" denotes the amalgamated bands of the two Household Cavalry regiments.

The mounted bands wear colourful state dress and black peaked equestrian caps. They are led by two musicians on large Shire horses used as drum horses. Since their hands are occupied with the drumsticks, they must work horses' reins with their feet.


4G/5G Product Owner (dolnośląskie)   

Luxoft Poland Sp. z o.o. - Opublikowano: 29 mar 2020
PROJECT DESCRIPTION Our client is one of the leading providers of telecommunication services and technologies in Europe. The main goal of the project is to provide an independently working software, deployed on client cloud framework, that will provide control and data communication between existing fixed network and newly developed 5G core system. The project starts from a scratch, thus it will involve a full development cycle, from planning the architecture and all supporting systems, through development, through deployment and customer-site testing through final release and maintenance. It will involve working with ISO and 3GPP standards and APIs, some of which are still being developed by 5G companies. The product has to be thoroughly tested, so in parallel a special testing framework will be created to verify it. TECHNOLOGIES USED Cloud technologies: Azure, Kubernets Various programming languages: all new strategical components in modules are planned in Rust, but some modules are considered to be created in C/C++ or Python 5G/4G packet core technologies CI/CD: Git-Flow and git-based way of work OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU Design and create product using C++17 standard and Rust. Working with the latest telco technologies Developing a new greenfield project form a scratch Building a high throughput testing system RESPONSIBILITIES We have to develop part of 5G core platform. In order to do that you need to: Be part of strong agile solution team developing large solution in R&D field. Design 5G core modules. Communicate with client experts Create product requirement and design Interoperability testing and product hardening Own the product / solution backlog Participation and driving the planning and estimation process SKILLS MUST Telecommunication background and significant experience with 5G, 4G or 3G systems 8+ years of experience in IT with next technologies C++, modern C++, Python, Cloud, Networks on positions Product Owner, Product Manager, Developer, QA Automation, Technical Leader, Architect (minimum 3 years on Product Owner / Product Manager position in 4G / 5G telecom systems) Perfect written and spoken English Experience in designing UML diagrams Readiness for regular business trips to London Agile / Scrum experience Candidate we're looking for is proactive person with strong analytical mindset, able to drive/own the solutions and support both development and management team NICE TO HAVE Experience as a Scrum Master Experience with Rust, Python, knowledge of multiple programming languages Experience with command line work and scripting (Linux CLI, PowerShell, Bash, etc.) Understanding software architecture Experience with CI/CD methodologies Cloud experience, preferably in Azure, Kubenrets Experience with GitLab or Docker Experience building support infrastructure CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Competitive salary Luxoft Training Center Access to e-learning Library Individual development plans Long-term cooperation with possibility to gain experience in different projects and technologies A significant number of professional communities (Agile Community, Tech Community, Business Analysis Community, etc.)Well-being Group Life Insurance Private healthcare insurance – LuxMed. Unlimited access to specialist consultations with Dental Care included Medical costs reimbursement for employees (up to certain amount per quarter) Travel Insurance Benefit Program - Cafeteria and Multisport CardWork-Life Balance Various communities (sport, recreation activities, trips, board games, cultural and educational activities) Discounts program for employees – BeLux (banking offer, car leasing offer and cafeteria program discount) Convenient locations in a modern offices with game rooms Multinational projects for clients all over the world...

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Neil Ferguson, the Scientist Who Convinced Boris Johnson of UK Covid Lockdown, Isn’t Very Bright   


He was scaremongering that 150,000 people could die from the Mad Cow disease, separately it was on the basis of his flawed foot-and-mouth disease models that the UK ordered the destruction of a gigantic number of perfectly healthy animals costing farmer’s livelihoods and £10bn of totally needless economic damage

The scientist whose calculations about the potentially devastating impact of the coronavirus directly led to the countrywide lockdown has been criticised in the past for flawed research.

Professor Neil Ferguson, of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College in London, produced a paper predicting that Britain was on course to lose 250,000 people during the coronavirus epidemic unless stringent measures were taken. His research is said to have convinced Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his advisors to introduce the lockdown.


'It feels like a war zone': Frontline NHS doctor reveals how she's being forced to play God as coronavirus patients overwhelm the wards of her London hospital    


'Most good art is queer': Fran Lock interviews Golnoosh Nour   

'Most good art is queer': Fran Lock interviews Golnoosh Nour

Fran Lock interviews Dr Golnoosh Nour, who was born in Tehran, about her new book, The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories. Her debut poetry collection Sorrows of the Sun was published in 2017, and she teaches at Birkbeck College and the University of Bedfordshire. 

FL: Thank you so much for agreeing to answer these few questions about your debut collection of short stories, The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories. I really wanted to do this interview with you because reading the book has initiated in me such a profound period of reflection on notions of queer subjectivity, politics, and nationhood, themes that feel especially relevant and pressing in the current climate.

GN: Thank you for having me, Fran. I’m delighted you found the book so engaging!

It has always seemed bizarre and slightly suspect to me that wherever in the world British or US political interventions are at their most militaristic, swingeing and destructive, we develop a directly proportionate appetite for the literature of those nations. We’ve seen this in Palestine, Afghanistan, in Northern Ireland, and I don’t know if you agree, but I think we’re starting to see it now in Iran. My own feeling is that there is a tendency within publishing, and also within the wider culture, to simultaneously exoticise and assimilate the places and peoples it fixates on. The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories is such a nuanced book, one that seems to revel in ambivalence and ambiguity. I wonder how conscious you are of writing back against literary culture’s tendency to homogenise and make a fetish of Iran or of some seemingly ‘typical’ Iranian Experience?

Yes, you’re absolutely right, but unfortunately, this is nothing new. Hamid Dabashi and several other Iranian scholars have discussed this issue in depth; since America’s ‘war on terror’, there has been a significant rise in the publication of literature by Iranian women in the West, sometimes to international recognition and praise. These books are often memoir/ nonfiction, and they often have a formula that comfortably confirms the western right-wing narrative of Iran, in which everything Iranian is dreadful and problematic unlike everything western that is ideal and liberating. Farzaneh Milani has coined a term to define this literary subgenre as ‘hostage narrative’. A narrative which offers ‘arrested representations’ that are ‘caged images of reality that is perpetually moving and shifting’. Hostage narrative generalises and simplifies by portraying Iranian women as victims thereby dismissing their contributions to Iranian culture. So yes, I was very aware of this. And the other thing I noticed is that all the characters in these books are heteronormative. So, my book, I hope, is also a reaction against the heteronormative and monolithic portrayals of Iran and its sexualities. 

1 Nabeela Vega

From the series Visiting Thabab, by Nabeela Vega

As a kind of inelegant follow-on to the previous question: one of the joys of this collection is that through the varied subjectivities of your speakers you present an image of Iran, and also of queer identity that is characterised by multiplicity, polyphony and contradiction. How important was the short story form to you as a vehicle for exploring this diversity of voice and experience? And do you perhaps see radical or subversive potential in the short story form as genre? Is there something about it that makes it ideally suited for the transmission of queer narratives in particular?

As you know, the short story is not my favourite literary form. But for this specific book, I felt that it was the most suitable form. Because this book is about representation and I wanted to show as many Iranian queers in depth as possible. And I had many stories to tell about queerness, so I believe these thirteen short stories do the job perfectly well. But also, the famous definition that Sedgwick offers of queerness that queerness is an ‘open mesh of possibilities’ and I have to admit I feel the same way about short story as a form. In this sense, short story as an artform provides a comfortable cradle for queerness. 

To stay with the idea of queerness, would you mind speaking briefly about what the notion of queerness means to you, and where you see yourself in terms of building and contouring a modern queer canon?

One of the most wholesome definitions of queerness has been provided by Sarah Ahmed in her seminal book, Queer Phenomenology. She says anything that disrupts is queer and anyone practicing nonnormative sexualities is queer as they disrupt heteronormative structures. I myself identify as queer. And all my protagonists in The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories are queer. They express a lot of same sex desires, but also other desires that can’t be tamed, labelled, and defined by the mainstream discourses of sexuality. In his essay, Queer Past, Queer Present, Queer Future, Jonathan Kemp says queer is about ‘not simply imitating the norm but exploring alternatives’. And I think this is a great place to start. 

I think the queer canon has always existed, in fact, I believe most good art is queer. As for the modern queer canon, there are so many thrilling queer voices, including Saleem Haddad, Alan Hollinghurst, Danez Smith, Joelle Taylor, Ocean Vuong, Jay Bernard, Eileen Myles, Sophie Robinson, Jonathan Kemp, Tomasz Jerdowski, Paul Mendez, Chloe Caldwell, Keith Jarrett, Julia Bell, Jericho Brown, Richard Scott, and of course yourself, and we are just some of the contemporary ones. I think Audre Lorde, Allen Ginsberg, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Forough Farrokhzad, and Iris Murdoch still count as modern queer canon, right? And then a bit further back we have artists like Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley. So, the queer canon is a never-ending and ever-expanding canon, an open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances, and I am floating in it too if I’m lucky. 

2 Alpha Beta Burqua by Parisa Parnian titled It is Complicated

It's Complicated, by Parisa Parnian

At the heart of queerness there is a condition or a feeling of otherness, of being ‘other’. Reading your collection, particularly the stories ‘Soho’ and ‘Oshima’, I am reminded that this is also the feeling that attends exile, the feeling that accompanies being a migrant or a refugee, a stranger in a strange land. I know you’re familiar with the Edward Said quote about exile, that it is ‘the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted’. Your stories intertwine queerness and migrancy in intricate and moving ways, but even when your protagonists are speaking from their native place they often seem divided and estranged. Is there something of the perpetual exile in all of us queers?

Wow, this is such an interesting connection! I love it so much. I think you’re absolutely right in that there is definitely a sense of exile in queerness, especially considering that queerness by its very definition does result in otherness, and being otherised by the society; but partly, it is self-exile too, which isn’t necessarily a sorrowful place. I think there can be joy and strength in exile, in staying away from societal norms, to mock them, to push them away, to question them, to escape them. And to be proactive about it, rather than passively exiled.  So, although I agree with Said, that there is sorrow in exile, I also think there is hope and joy in it, too. 

Staying with this thought, I do want to stress that this is also a playful collection, full of humour and joy. One of the things that struck me particularly was its attention to moments of solidarity; mutual expressions of friendship and care. Queerness also figures in your work as a scene, a vibrant and nonconforming fellowship, and I wondered how the notion of a queer community – or communities – has shaped your identity as a writer, and conversely, how you think that literature has helped to foster the idea of queer community?

I’m incredibly grateful for the queer communities both in Tehran and in London, not just as a writer but as a nonconformist individual who still needs to survive the heteronormative societies. So, I do think we need communities for our survival and nourishment, at the same time I believe it’s important to know that community is not the only thing we need and it is not enough. Bear in mind, that communities, especially big ones, tend to create their own hierarchies and power structures. So, I think as queers, we also need a lot of solitude, self-love, and individuation. As the great Audre Lorde argues, for queers, especially queers of colour, caring for oneself is a ‘political act of warfare’. 


Occupy Me: Topping from the Bottom, by Hushidar Mortezaie

Reading back through these questions it strikes me that they seem quite political in tone, and I find myself wanting to apologise for that because the luxury of not being political is something a number of your protagonists struggle with. I’m thinking particularly of ‘An Evening of Martyrdom’, and reading this story I had in mind something that the American poet Patricia Smith once said, that even if she were to write a poem about meadow flowers it would still be a political act by virtue of the fact that she is a working class black woman in an elite cultural space. Being queer in Iran – being queer in a lot of places – can have very real and very violent consequences, which I think makes it tempting for straight white western audiences to valorise being Iranian and queer as uniquely defiant or ‘brave’, which in itself is a form of violence, a form erasure, in that it ignores the daily negotiations individuals undertake – when to conceal, when to disclose – the oscillation between moments of defiance, and those of fear or of guilt for not being political enough. These tensions are something you handle admirably in your story, and that sense of yearning for a time and place where queer people will be granted the freedom to desire without being crudely politicised. I’d be interested to know if you believe this place and time exists – can ever exist, and how these tensions influence both your choices as a writer, and the way you feel your work is perceived out there in the world?

I agree with Jonathan Kemp that being queer is ‘inherently political’, so no unfortunately there is no escape from politics with capital P during these highly politicised times, where everything is inherently political and politicised, not just one’s sexual identity. There is still a lot of queerbashing in the world, and being queer is still one of the most political positions one can occupy. I’m a bit of an optimist, so I do think, if we keep fighting, there will be a time and place when people can honestly express their nonnormative sexual desires without being bashed or politicised. But at the moment, we have a long way to go. And that’s why, I believe, queer visibility is vital. And I hope I am creating a lot of queer visibility with my literary endeavours as well as by my very existence and day to day survival in an extremely conservative world. 

I want to move away from the explicitly queer aspects of your work now to focus on a theme I think is of equal weight and importance. Some of the most poignant and well realised moments in this collection are centred on familial relationships: cousins, brothers and sisters, mothers and daughters, daughters and fathers. I wonder if you could speak a little bit about how your own sense of family has shaped your writing, both the short stories, and your poetry?

I am very close with my family, and I know very well how family dynamics can be beautiful but also intense and even destructive at times. I think I am lucky with my family, because I have a rather unconventional family. My late mother was a powerful philosophy professor from whom I learned how to be unapologetically strong and intellectually ambitious. And my father is an adoring and adorable person who is also a bit of an individualist who doesn’t care much for social conventions. He’s always enjoyed making jam and pickles, sewing, and maths. And I cherish my three siblings, and my amazing niece and nephew. My older brother is also a writer, so we have a nourishing writerly relationship as well as a loving siblinghood.

From an early age, I never really learned to take gender roles very seriously, even though I was born and raised in an extremely gendered country. I could see that my parents didn’t really abide by the usual gender norms and they were just fine and they didn’t try to suffocate my natural tendencies either. They never told me to ‘act like a girl’ or be a certain way because of my gender. For that alone, I shall always be grateful to them. And I think my lack of respect and sometimes acknowledgement of gender roles and gender norms come across quite strongly both in my personality and my writing. And this is just my blood-related family, my partner who is also a writer inspires me a lot, and we’ve fought a lot of homophobia and racism to be together. And as you know, these are also recurring themes in my work. 

I mention poetry because it is a constant presence in your stories, from Iranian modernist poets like Forough Farrokhzad to the decadent Romantics like Lord Byron. I feel like I know the answer to this question, but has poetry been a source of solidarity and nourishment for you as a writer? Has it been influential in fostering your own sense of queer identity?

You do know the answer indeed and it is, ‘yes!’. I cannot imagine my life without poetry. My own poetry and as well as other people’s poetry has definitely strengthened me both as a writer and an individual. Audre Lorde is right, for marginalised voices, poetry is a necessity. A method for reclaiming power, and for me it has also been cathartic and inspiring. Also, from a technical point of view, I believe, even prose writers need to learn poetry and read poetry even if they don’t have the desire or urge to write it. Poetry is where language can be at its most polished, its most beautiful, and its most revolutionary. I do not trust writers who say they have no interest in poetry. Poetry is an artform that needs to be understood and engaged with, even if not deployed, if one wants to be any good at literature. 


bedoone onvan/untitled, by Kiyaan Abadan

Staying with poetry a bit, I’d like to finish – if you can possibly bear it – with a rather boring question about form.  Could you tell me about the role these different forms of writing perform for you, as both writer and reader? How does the process of creation differ across short stories and poetry? Are their things you can say in one, not easily accommodated by the other?

This is not a boring question at all! Quite the opposite. 

For me writing short stories and poetry are two very different modes of being. My poetry comes naturally, effortlessly, almost how Wordsworth defines it as a spontaneous overflow of emotion, except that for me there is no ‘tranquillity’ when I’m writing it. My poetry erupts, whereas that is not the case at all with my short stories. I meticulously plot my short stories before writing them. I have an idea, I know exactly what I want. I know the characters, the setting, the protagonist, even the dialogues. I have it all in my head first. Whereas with a poem, I have no idea where it’s taking me, a poem has its own force, direction, and destination, so I just go with it and I know it will take me somewhere cathartic, whereas with my short stories, I tell them exactly where to take me so I have a more active role with them. 

Thanks so much for talking to me! I hope that wasn’t too painful.

Thank you for your thought-provoking and intelligent questions. It was a pleasure to answer them. 

The Ministry of Guidance and Other Stories is published by Muswell Press and will be available to purchase here from the 2nd April.


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