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Lord Jay of Ewelme
Member of the House of Lords EU Committee. Tweeting in personal capacity.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme 6h
Those of us who have worked over the years with successive US administrations can only be appalled by Trump’s openly racist politics. There is not much to cheer about in the world at present, but never can the fall in moral values have been so absolute and so abrupt.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Jul 16
The spotted flycatchers have fledged by the village pond....uneasy but spectacular standoff above the church tower between a peregrine falcon and about thirty screaming swifts..
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Jul 7
As Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Office, I always found Hugh Evans’ thoughtful interventions well worth listening to. The same is eminently true of Sir John Sawers.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Jul 7
By the allotments this morning a sparrow hawk swooped on a squealing wood pigeon who somehow escaped. Later, on the paths to Britwell Salome, the yellowhammers sang in the hedges. And this evening, a mistle thrush sang with passion from the tree top by the village pond.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Jun 2
Above the goldfinches, chaffinches, thrushes and blackbirds - the real battle of the skies. The watchmen rooks fly cawing from the tops of the ash trees to intercept and repel the marauding red kites threatening their young..
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Lord Jay of Ewelme May 29
It has always been hard to get to Baku.100 years ago today my grandfather was based there, fighting for the White Russians against the Bolsheviks in the battle of the Caspian Sea. Sailing from Bombay, he had marched north up the Arabian peninsula, through Baghdad & Teheran...
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Lord Jay of Ewelme May 13
Yesterday swifts circled the church tower, above the roses newly planted as a memorial to the dead....this morning at dawn a warbler sang wonderfully in the garden, set against the unmelodious caws of rooks and jackdaws...
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Lord Jay of Ewelme May 8
I am puzzled.....where is the expertise on either or both sides of the Irish border?
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Lord Jay of Ewelme May 6
Five hours down the Thames yesterday from Goring to Henley in Pat’s silent electric boat. Swans, Canada, Egyptian and grey lag geese, mallard, a heron, three cormorants statuesque in a pollarded tree, a kingfisher, coots, the flash of a sandpiper..
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Apr 28
Mark Padmore accompanied by Ryan Wigglesworth sang Schubert’s Winterreise superbly in Dorchester Abbey last night, in aid of the new organ at St Birinus Catholic Church. In these fractious times a moving ecumenical concert celebrating Europe’s culture.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Apr 24
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Apr 21
Today is world curlew day... and curlews are nesting in the water meadows by the river Thame near Waterstock in Oxfordshire...
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Lord Jay of Ewelme retweeted
Bill Clinton Apr 19
Heartbroken by the murder of Lyra McKee and the violence in Derry. The challenges in NI today are real--but we cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress. This tragedy is a reminder of how much everyone has to lose if we do.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme retweeted
Emmanuel Macron Apr 15
Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Apr 15
The fire at Notre Dame de Paris is an immense tragedy not just for France but for our collective culture, religion and civilisation.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Apr 12
Thank you....good of you to put up such a nice photo. Addison when he walked past used to call me by my Latin name, Garrulus Glandarius, but I suppose these days one has to accept the vernacular..
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Apr 7
A long walk through fields and by the river. Through the lych gate to medieval churches, mallards, Canada geese ( harbingers of Brexit?), a lark ascending, the lovely song of a blackcap, the call of a greenfinch by the pub.
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Mar 28
If the ERG block May’s deal, a customs union looks the likely winner of Monday’s votes, the PM may accept it, the DUP would be happy - no hard border in Ireland nor any border between NI and the UK - and the big losers would be the ERG ( and Liam Fox )..just a thought....
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Mar 23
This afternoon in Addison’s walk, among the fritillaries and primroses were jackdaws, mallards, blue and great tits, a swan, magpies, a kingfisher, a moorhen, chaffinches singing and - busy and colourful in the branches of a tree - a fellow jay...
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Lord Jay of Ewelme Mar 23
And without Britain present.....What would once have been unthinkable, when Britain had real influence in European and thus on international affairs, now passes without comment...
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