Author Archives: John Kirk

About John Kirk

John Kirk is Director of International Office in a large UK university. With a degree in English Literature, an MBA and Diploma in Marketing his interests are many including reading novels and poetry, films, history, politics, news, technology and sport. Keen on being outdoors from an early age John is a cyclist and walker. He is interested in what is happening to the environment and in alternative energy as one of the key priorities for the human race.

#Dubai: A Modern City Where the East Meets the West

By John Kirk Dubai is a symbol of the modern world, energy hungry, multinational and dedicated to consumerism and the pursuit of luxury. Thirty years ago it barely existed, a minor port in the Arabian Gulf; one of the less significant … Continue reading

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#China’s Great Wall No Longer Stops Invaders.

By John Kirk A fat business man parked his Range Rover right across the pedestrian crossing as we approached. I pointed out the selfishness of this as we detoured around his two tons of expensive male jewellery, but he just smiled … Continue reading

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Remembering Great Granddad George – Four Co-incidences

by John Kirk My great-grandfather, George Gittos, died on April 16th 1918 during the Battle of Paschendaele near Ypres in Belgium. I once went out with a girl, Marie-Claude from Lille which is less than an hour from Ypres. On … Continue reading

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From One Ironman to Another

by John Kirk Birmingham shivered in sub zero temperatures. Even Antony Gormley’s Iron Man looked a little rustier with the snow settled on him. It was time to get away to warmer climes and the land of iron men of … Continue reading

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