A number of years ago I was proud to celebrate Glentree international’s 40th birthday and I wanted an iconic, political titan, who better than the late President Gorbachev?
The event was attended by all manner of glitterati of the ‘great and the good’, staged in the 100-foot-wide ballroom of a super mansion in The Bishops Avenue, befitting the status of the exotic invited guests such as Simon Cowell, the X-Factor judges, and a host of stars from stage and screen. Continue reading
Received wisdom is that the Cold War ended in the early 80s, when Ronald Reagan announced his Strategic Defensive Initiative (SDI, Star Wars Initiative). It was a quantum leap in nuclear defence and light years ahead of Soviet weapons technology.
The impact was such that it forced the Russians to reconsider their strategic defence; we all know what happened next and ultimately, they ‘threw in the (radioactive) towel’.
However, there is a problem. It is not quite the truth. Continue reading