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Jeff Cloves

Whom to mourn?

As deaths – and casualties – mount in Afghanistan and crowds turn out to greet the returning coffins and TV stations show bereaved families united in grief, I imagine the conflicting emotions I fee

Poetry - ah life!

This column purports to be a review of PVT West’s poetry but it requires confession. Pat was a friend and poet/performer with whom I worked from time to time for over 30 years.

Tell it like it is

The greatest pleasure in writing for PN has always been that its editors let me write about whatever catches my fancy. And my fancy is to write about anything I fancy will interest PN readers.

Cowardy cowardy custard

I read, with uneasy and strongly personal interest, the discussions in September’s issue.

Resisting hate

There was a letter in October’s PN headlined: “Research on Reading”. I missed the capital letter and found I was reading about Reading and the impact of the cold war on this town.

Peace, politics, and the peloton

During the Second World War, BSA Cycles made folding bicycles for paratroopers.

Triumph of the will

Not many people know this: the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) is 75 this year. I only know because a woman stopped me in Stroud High Street and told me.

Show me the way to go home

When the Ministry of Defence decided that the only way of defending the UK from annexation by the Communist Hordes was to threaten to blast them to Kingdom Come with an atomic bomb it knew

The World is a Beautiful Place

My last column was in praise of our dear departed peace poet and friend, Adrian Mitchell.

Tell em I'm gone

When our friend Adrian died on 20 December 2008 a miracle occurred; the word PACIFIST appeared in newspaper headlines and on radio news programmes.