Author Archive for Lord Bates

Olympic Truce for Rio Games 2016

Lord Bates

Media reports might lead us to believe that there isn’t much unanimity in United Nations deliberations at present. Yet, just over two weeks ago the UN General Assembly came together to express a single, yet largely unreported, collective hope. That hope was a resolution A/70/L.3 which set out the terms for the observance of the…

A Lesson in Faithfulness—Reflections on the 30,000th sounding of Last Post under the Menin Gate.

Lord Bates

‘A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing’ Hudson Taylor In 1928 Stanley Baldwin was Prime Minister; John Logie Baird demonstrated the first colour television broadcast and at 8PM on 2 July of that same year the first notes of the Last Post were sounded under the…

“Play it again King John”–Reflections on Magna Carta

Lord Bates

Have you ever suffered the misfortune to sit next to some know-it-all reflecting on the cinematic masterpiece that is the 1942 movie Casablanca and pronouncing in a loud stage whisper that Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) never actually said “Play it again Sam”? So what if it was Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) who actually said, “Play…

A New Year’s Resolution worth keeping?

Lord Bates

In recent weeks images and stories of the Christmas truce in 1914 have offered us a reassuring flicker of humanity in a time of collective insanity. The Queen used her to Christmas message to the Commonwealth to speak movingly about truce referring to the Olympics and the wider potential of sport to bring about reconciliation. The truce…