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Charlie Clegg

Satellite’s gone, way off to Tonga

Satellite’s gone, way off to Tonga Written by Charlie Clegg, senior associate Edited by Tom Gillingham, partner19 January 2022 Good morning, In a hyper-connected world, Tonga is disconnected. On Saturday, Hunga Tonga erupted, causing a tsunami and major damage to the Pacific kingdom. Almost everything we know about the disaster has been gathered from space. The lone subsea cable connecting …

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Bosnia on the brink

Bosnia on the brink Written by Charlie Clegg, senior associate Edited by Adam Shaw, assoicate partner13 January 2022 Good morning, News “The most sinister, horrifying cosplay of the lead up to the war in the 1990s and the genocide”. That was Jasmin Mujanović’s assessment of Sunday’s illegal armed parade by Republika Srpska forces in Banja Luka. …

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All money on red

All money on red Written by Charlie Clegg, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner29 November 2021 Good morning, China has two “special administrative regions”: Hong Kong and Macau. The Chinese government’s recent attempts to tighten its grip on Hong Kong sparked high-profile protests. Beijing is also exerting control in Macau, yet the response is playing out …

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Away in a shed

Mother of the House Written by Charlie Clegg, senior associateEdited by Scott Reid, associate partner 25 November 2021 Good morning, One might say that, over two millennia, the setting of Christmas has moved from the stable to the shed. Despite a Covid blip last year, the serried sheds that house Christmas markets are once again proliferating Britain’s cities. …

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Mother of the House

Mother of the House Written by Adam Shaw, associate partnerEdited by Kevin Pringle, partner 24 November 2021 Good morning, Yesterday evening, Labour MP Stella Creasy sought clarification from Commons authorities after she was reprimanded for having her three-month-old son in a sling as she spoke in parliament. Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow, was leading a debate about buy-now-pay-later …

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Five go debating

Five go debating Written by Charlie Clegg, senior associateEdited by Kevin Pringle, partner 11 November 2021 Good morning, If people can name one story from France’s forthcoming presidential election, it’s Éric Zemmour. But enough about him. Domestic and foreign media has fretted about the far-right polemicist’s bid for the Élysée then fretted about how much it’s fretting. Almost in the …

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Pick up a Penguin

Pick up a Penguin Written by Charlie Clegg, senior associate Edited by Adam Shaw, associate partner3 November 2021 Good morning, The world’s largest living thing is the Pando, which covers 108 hectares of Utah. On the ground, it seems like a forest of 40,000 individual aspen trees but is actually one organism of interconnected roots. The …

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Not with a bang

Not with a bang Written by Charlie Clegg, senior associate Edited by Tom Gillingham, associate partner27 October 2021 Good morning, With Guy Fawkes’ Night approaching, the mind travels back to those most reliable and petty childhood disappointments: fireworks that just fizzle out. Anticipant eyes follow its sparkling course and are then rewarded with nothing. History seems …

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