Editorial: January 2024



Our actions are the ground on which we stand.
(From The Fifth Remembrance, Thich Nhat Hanh.)

Sir Nicholas Winton died in July 2015 at the age of 106. He was dubbed the “British Schindler”, having helped rescue  669 Czechoslovakian children, most of them Jewish, from an impending invasion by Germany and preventing their murder by the Nazis. This involved fulfilling the legal requirements for their entry to the UK and finding families who were willing to take them in and look after them.   The harrowing story is now the subject of a film, One Life, starring  Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Flynn.  His role in this humanitarian effort to save the children remained unknown for nearly 50 years until 1988 when he was invited by the BBC to appear in the progamme That’s Life.  As well as being knighted by Elizabeth II he was also awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion (1st class) by Czech President Milos Zeman.
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Maeve O’Sullivan was on the list of course leaders for the New Year at the Irish Writers Centre.  Maeve is a Dublin-based poet and hajiin and has published five collections of long and short-form poetry with Alba.  The haiku in this selection is inspired by Maeve’s first visit to Holy Island off the coast of Arran in Scotland.
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Lastly, Mridu Shailaj Thanki’s recipe for Cauliflower Leaves and Potatoes provides an easy to follow recipe  for this unusual and warming dish.
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Albert Harris: Editor





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