James, my wife (Sylvia), I, and Julia, with James’s and Lien’s daughter and twins.; the studio portrait for book publicity
Christmas 2017 in Maui
“Ha! Again: /Said he young Harry Percy’s spur was cold?/ Of Hotspur, Coldspur? that rebellion/Had met ill luck?” (King Henry The Fourth, Part 2)
“The shadow of Percy Hotspur still hovers over the town – the Politics of the Duke are the Politics of the Town – Transport House is a rash dream, the Daily Herald a red rag! and Communism a nasty nightmare.” (Durham miner, Methodist preacher and writer Sid Chaplin, about Alnwick, the seat of the Dukes of Northumberland, in 1945)
“On Poppy Day/our schools bought red paper flowers. They were for Flanders./I saw Hotspur cursing the smoke through which a popinjay/minced from the battle. Those raging commanders from Thersites to Percy, their rant is our model./I pinned the poppy to my blazer. It bled like a vowel.” (from LII in Midsummer, by Derek Walcott)
COLDSPUR is the personal website of Tony Percy. I was born in the UK, and moved to the USA in 1980. I retired in 2000, and moved from Connecticut to Southport, North Carolina a year later. COLDSPUR is the phlegmatic alter ego of HOTSPUR, my pseudonym as a Listener Crossword Puzzle setter (see www.listenercrossword.com ). (Hotspur.com was already taken, and I was too stingy to buy the owner out.) If you want to learn more about one important aspect of my life, try the following link: An American Odyssey.
This website has been created to publicize various reports and articles that I have written, as well as alert others to my interests. To contact me on any matters arising from content on this site, please email me at email@example.com.
On October 26, 2017, the University of Buckingham Press published my book ‘Misdefending the Realm’. For further information, see MisdefendingtheRealm.
I have decide to list here all the monthly blog entries that I have written since I moved to the new platform, so that readers may have a quick way of finding any piece they are interested in.
February 2018: Sonia and the Quebec Agreement
January 2018: Soviet Espionage: Transatlantic Connections
December 2017: Isaiah in Love
November 2017: Krivitsky, Churchill and the Cold War
October 2017: Misdefending the Realm
September 2017: Sonia’s Radio – Envoi
August 2017: Sonia’s Radio -Part IX
July 2017: Web Woes
June 2017: Sonia’s Radio – Part VIII
May 2017: Officially Unreliable
April 2017: Sonia’s Radio – Part VII
March 2017: POLARBEAR Has Landed
February 2017: Sonia’s Radio – Part VI
January 2017: Sonia’s Radio – Part V
December 2016: Taking the Cake
November 2016: Sonia’s Radio – Part IV
October 2016: Economists’ Follies
September 2016: Sonia’s Radio – Part III
August 2016: Doctor in the House
July 2016: My Experience with Opioids
June 2016: Sonia’s Radio – Part II
May 2016: Revisiting Smiley & Co.
April 2016: Sonia’s Radio – Part I
March 2016: Hey Big Spender!
February 2016: On Privacy and Publicity
January 2016: The Myth of Buying Market Share
December 2015: Refugees and Liberators
November 2015: The Congenial Richard Dawkins
October 2015: Mann Overboard!
September 2015: Some Diplomatic Incidents
August 2015: The Undercover Egghead
July 2015: Magna Carta and Pluralism
June 2015: Surveying Lake Tahoe
May 2015: Remembering Mr. Popper
April 2015: Richie Benaud – My Part in His Success
March 2015: Isaiah Berlin – Too Hot to Handle?
February 2015: ‘All The News That’s Not Fit to Archive’
January 2015: Turing and Cripps
December 2014: Cleeseana
November 2014: Hugh Walpole