Category Archives: Americana

My American Pie

“A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music
Used to make me smile.
And I knew, if I had my chance,
That I could make those people dance.
And maybe they’d be happy for a while

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The US Presidential Election: A Battle Won But …..

“Kathy, I’m lost”, I said
Though I knew she was sleeping
“I’m empty and aching and
I don’t know why”.

Counting the cars
On the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come
To look for America
All come to look for

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AN ERICLE SPECIAL: The 2020 US Presidential Debate


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God Bless America

What I saw:

This is a picture of Donald Trump returning to The White House after his Tulsa political rally, watched by an underwhelming 6,200 people in a stadium that can hold 18,000, after claiming that over 1,000,000 people … Read more...

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‘Over-rated, over there’. Whither (supposed) US democratic values?


On the eve of the Trump inauguration, The Ericle is – like many others – pondering where and what it will lead to. And like many others, I’m anxious about the prospects.

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‘Events, dear boy, events’.

ɪˈvɛnt/ event. Noun. A thing that happens or takes place, especially one of importance.


This has been an eventful seven days by any standards. As I, like many others, try to make some sense of what has occurred in … Read more...

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An inconvenient truth: BREXIT ≠ Trump

Even before last night’s ghastly denouement, Trump’s Presidential and the UK’s Brexit campaigns had become coupled within the tidal wave of public  rhetoric. I’m not suggesting that there are not some similarities, but that does not mean that they are … Read more...

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An hour well spent.


The subject of my blog piece today will not be ‘news’ to my younger reader; though, the fact that I’ve become an avid fan of This American Life may be. This American Life is an hour-long radio show, originating out … Read more...

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Thoughts at 32,000 feet.

I am writing this on board a British Airways Boeing 777, en route from London to Boston. It’s a pretty old plane – not very impressive – with bits of it that don’t work; in my case the at-seat entertainment … Read more...

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Take Me Out To The Ballpark

During the final fortnight of this October I was up in the early hours of the morning no less than 6 times. I’m not a great sleeper, butredsox my early risings on these occasions were intentional – I wanted to … Read more...

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