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Expatriate Commemorations on Poppy Day

On 7 November 1919, King George V issued a proclamation calling for a two-minute silence on 11 November: ‘All work, all sound and all locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of every one may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead’. The Times reported on this ‘simple service of silence and remembrance’, deeming that there could be ‘no service worthier, or so sure to touch the inmost feelings of the British race’. Sure enough, four days later, at 11:00am, throughout Britain and the Commonwealth, people fell silent in remembrance of those who had lost … Read more

11. November 2014 by Lesley Robinson
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Expatriate Benevolence

In May 1933, within the walls of the House of Commons, Conservative MP Gordon Hall Caine addressed Phillip Cunliffe-Lister, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, on the issue of destitution in British Malaya. Given the ‘vast number of impoverished Europeans in Malaya’, Hall Caine pondered whether the Government was ‘taking any further action to repatriate those men affected who cannot be locally supported?’ Cunliffe-Lister’s response that, while there had been repatriations, the ‘present income of the European Unemployment Fund (EUF)’ was sufficient for ‘local relief without assistance from the Government’ was, in many ways, correct. Indeed, for a number … Read more

24. September 2014 by Lesley Robinson
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Scottish Covenant and expat Scots in Singapore

With just days to go before the 2014 Referendum, the campaign for Scotland’s future remains on a knife edge. Years of lobbying on both sides will very shortly come to an end and, as Scotland wakes on Friday, she will be met with a new chapter in her history. The figures of Alex Salmond and David Cameron have, rightly or wrongly, become synonymous with the opposing campaigns, yet, in the final days of this most important of weeks, it is worth remembering that Scotland’s search for greater powers has a far longer history than the political careers of these two … Read more

15. September 2014 by Lesley Robinson
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