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Last December the story sprang to life. A long-running case against Peter Wright , the year-old former headmaster of a school in Buckinghamshire called Caldicott , came to an end. Wright was found guilty of 12 counts of sexual abuse: one of the piquant details was that Nick Clegg had been joint head-boy at the school; his colleague, the other head boy, was one of the principal witnesses against Wright.

He had first been charged 10 years' earlier. When the trial that finally went ahead in , some of the s allegations were not admitted. Wright has now been jailed for eight years, having been found guilty of 10 indecent assaults and two counts of gross indecency, between and At least 30 pupils were involved, according to one newspaper. Five other teachers were implicated, one of whom threw himself under a tube train before the trial.

One Caldicott teacher, sacked in , went on to teach and abuse at the Harrodian School : the law did not catch up with him until Another abused children at Caldicott and a school in Shropshire in the s and s and was finally jailed this February. There is, not for the first time, talk of a "ring" of paedophile teachers operating in the s in prep schools and public schools.

With the Wright case done, the principle that ancient allegations could be successfully prosecuted was established. It was certain more would follow. In mid-January the Times 's hard-working reporter of child abuse scandals, Andrew Norfolk , wrote of a "surge in criminal prosecutions" and named private schools who have been or are now subject to similar allegations. It included 50 in the independent schools' premier league, the Headmaster's Conference.

Twenty of them were feeders to Eton. In the same story, Norfolk pointed out that teachers from 62 different private schools had been convicted of sex crimes against children in the past 20 years — 18 convictions since Norfolk called it "stealing their childhoods".

This all passed me by, until, last December, a story appeared in the Times naming Ashdown House under the headline "Prep school faces claims of physical and sexual abuse. Linley was my contemporary — in the Mail he was quoted reminiscing without any affection about the "Dickensian" school.

He remembered Billy Williamson caning his whole class for one child's "fairly petty" offence. The old man did like a big gesture. I remember him — huge, red-faced, ranting — threatening to cane the entire school unless a boy owned up to some particularly infuriating crime. I think it was a broken window. An older Ashdownian told me Billy had actually once attempted that feat — giving boys "six of the best" in one afternoon. Despite being a keen golfer with a good swing, which he practised on the Royal Ashdown course most weekends, Williamson ran out of steam.

He gave up having got through hardly half of them. But the new allegations were about more than caning, which was a legal practice in independent schools in England and Wales until About the same time, the independent schools for the first time became subject to full state inspection.

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The Mail story talked of "horrific attacks" by two teachers in the early and mids. This group had been taken on as no-win-no-fee clients by the solicitors representing some victims of Jimmy Savile. Through friends who had also been at Ashdown, I got more detail. The complaints, from a group a few years younger than me, were indeed horrific: sexual acts much more intrusive than Mr X's pathetic bribe and fumblings. There was talk of blackmail and predatory older pupils encouraged by abusive teachers.

That chimed with my adult perception of the bizarre sexualisation of life at Ashdown, especially the system of reward and discipline. At least two children I knew who had been given authority over younger kids used it to force sexual contact — Williamson seemed to have turned a blind eye. There was talk of connections with house masters at Eton, to which Ashdown fed pupils. There had been at least one suicide. There were more teachers in the complaint. The Mail 's story quoted from an email that the former Ashdown pupils were passing around: "The abuse that occurred continues to have a dramatic effect on a number of lives, with regards to ongoing relationships, career and treatment for dealing with the psychological damage it has caused.

Therefore we are seeking compensation with regards to a civil case against the school. I was very shocked when I read this — more than I could easily understand. Ashdown had had a dramatic effect on my life, too, but I had thought it was done. I didn't feel any need for revenge or compensation for what had happened 40 years ago. I didn't think I needed catharsis, either — I had long ago let light onto what I experienced at Ashdown. I was open about it with lovers, friends and family. I was, as much as I could hope to be, at peace. But I realised I owed support to others who might need revenge, relief from the history — or money.

There was another pressing need.

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The abusers had all been young men, if my memory could be trusted. They could still be teaching. Why hadn't I acted on Mr X years ago? I could not explain that. The first thing I did, though, was to email the Daily Mail story to my parents. This was not revenge. If there was anything to forgive, I had forgiven it. I know they loved me. They were victims of a terrible fraud. Besides, the sexual abuses were, in my version of the story, just detail: the real narrative was of five years of deliberate crushing of our individuality, the suppression of emotional freedom.

Out of it would come upper-class Englishmen and women — ready to go and run an Empire or, at least, take charge of lesser mortals with normal feelings. So went my thinking. Nothing unfamiliar: it has been said by British liberals from George Orwell onwards. Psychiatrists I have spoken to agree that, yes, while sexual and physical abuse is the headline grabber and what makes criminal cases , real damage is done to children and adults by long-term psychological abuse.

A child may recover from a blow, but not from the withdrawal of love and the denial of safety — the "complex trauma" child psychologists talk of. Comfy with my understanding, I was someone who had dealt with his schooldays. But then I got an email back from my mother. What she wrote stripped away my reading and intellectualising, like so many useless bandages. She said I had told her about Mr X. Because that summoned a picture: a small boy, nervous, excited in his new clothes and tie, ready to drive to Ashdown House on a September morning in My little brother and sisters gathered round to wave me off.

A few weeks before I'd sat up late to watch the astronauts land on the moon on the TV. I wanted to be an adventurer, too. This journey seemed like the beginning. I was as brave and trusting as only the innocent can be. My mother's email upended my year-old's view of my Ashdown self. I'd thought that September day was the last of my bravery. That I had been crushed, totally. In a privately published book of appreciation given to Billy Williamson for some anniversary shortly before his death in , there is a selection of some pupils' prize-winning work.


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It includes a story I wrote when I was It's a plain account of a self-centred little boy who is given a rabbit for his birthday. The novelty wears off, the boy, careless and cruel, fails to clean the hutch or feed the rabbit. One thousand years ago a young man, born to become chief of the clan O'Brien, rose to become the first and greatest High King of Ireland, and led the unified Irish clans in victory against their allied enemies of Viking colonists and bands of Irish collaborators.

The great Irish king was killed at the apex of his life, the victorious Battle of Clontarf in , by a retreating Danish warrior. His hometown of Killaloe along with its cross-river twin Ballina celebrate the life of their greatest native son every year at the start of July. Free parking is available at several locations in and around both Killaloe and Ballina. Some few events cost a few euros. See the program at the festival website. Ancient west country small town fair held each year since King Henry III granted Chulmleigh its royal town charter in Fair, sheep show, flower show.

Different events each day, but the big day is Wednesday : country market day with approx. Saturday features fancy dress and street entertainment. Take the A east to the A at Copplestone. July 28 — Aug. Performers will include established and rising stars. Some concerts are free. Expect local arts, crafts, canoeing and kayaking, storytelling, and music ranging from traditional Irish music and dancing to jazz.

Dozens of events are scheduled daily. Combine with a visit to the most impressive Birr Castle Gardens. Evening concerts begin at 7PM. Expect Swiss music, dance, yodeling, sports, games, a flea market, and a lovely parade featuring traditional Swiss costumes and flower-bedecked Swiss cows Sunday at noon. The audience sits together along long picnic benches and get to know one another over refreshments.

The backdrop is undeniably major grand. Begins Friday night at PM with an evening of yodeling and alpine music followed by dancing til 2AM. Visitors present their Guest Cards. The Eisteddfod Welsh for "festival" takes place at a different venue each year. Venue locations are announced only at the completion of the current Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod is a showcase of all things Welsh, featuring concerts, contests and competitions of music, singing, poetry, prose, literature, drama, and dance. Expect discussions, debates, and philosophy, too, all made more challenging by being presented in the difficult-to-pronounce-for-outsiders Welsh language.

Thanks to the Eisteddfod and Welsh TV, radio, and websites, the language and traditional culture of Wales is not disappearing, if not exactly thriving. The Eisteddfod, for its part, draws ever-larger attendance each year, with about 20, per day over its annual 8-day run. Parking is free. Free shuttle buses take visitors to the Eisteddfod Maes. OPEN: from AM daily, with activities of many varieties occurring concurrently throughout the day.

Dance, theatre, music, and opera performed by internationally ranked artists. Think of it as a 3-week long Mardi Gras with class. Some reduced price tix are available for seniors, students, and late-comers. Advance tickets on sale starting in June. Tickets still available to many shows on the day of performance.


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Re-enactors populate the ancient landscape at Craggaunowen this day, marking elements of Irish life from the Bronze Age crannogs, Iron Age forts, the Middle Ages, and into the 16th century. See, hear, touch, smell, and taste history as envisioned by the costumed inhabitants of the day. Watch for signs for the rural road to Craggaunowen as you near Knappogue. If you want to see the rural Irish at play, this is the place to go. The show grounds are on the west side of the N Consult the festival web site for performance type, time, and venue.

Cross the River Shannon at Ballina-Killaloe. Turn left west in Scariff on the R 5 miles to Feakle village. For the 39th year the festival will feature theater, jazz, classical music, literature, visual art, traditional Irish music, and street performances. Kilkenny is a small city with a large history, especially in the form of its great Norman castle, itself the site of several scheduled classical music performances.

Many events free. This delightful cross- country route is rural and beautiful in an understated Irish way — more poetry than drama. OPEN: various times daily. Expect the West Indies culture to take over this section of west London for two days: music, food, costume, dance, drink, and spliff.

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If you are going to London to discover Londoners, expect to meet West Indians, Asians East Indians and Pakistanis , and other immigrant minorities from former Empire outposts who have made Britain into a society as diverse as America. Big, raucous parade Monday. Did you think meeting your ideal mate could happen without cost? Colorful historical re-enactment of military ceremony piping troops back into their forts at the World Heritage town of St.

George's town, Hamilton city and at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Expect a procession and bonfires. Ten horses with jockeys riding bareback race frantically for three laps around the crowded Renaissance Piazza del Campo square to determine bragging rights among the 17 city wards, and is sure to raise passions among competitors and onlookers to the boiling point.

The race — with origins extending to medieval times — is not without risk to jockeys, horses, and, occasionally, spectators. The Palio is much more than the race: parades, costumes, food, celebrations, and significant vino add colorful Tuscan pageantry to this world-renowned event. Get tickets early in the year. Balcony perches can be very expensive, but safe from mayhem. Remember, too, that visibility and comfort and not guaranteed at that price.

Sunday July 14, Both moments are high points of the French Revolution, being influence by the American Revolution of Independence. Bastille Day fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. The French Revolution, though in principal commemorated this day, quickly went from enlightenment to an age of darkness for France: popular chaos, murders of the aristocrats and plutocrats, the Reign of Terror, the rise of Napoleon, and a series of seismic Napoleonic Wars with aftershocks lasting, arguably, until de Gaulle and the Fifth Republic in Expect crowds, a fly-over, music, and noise.

Photo courtesy Mary from Dungloe Int'l Fest. Events differ each day and include such attractions as a golf tourney, duck racing, a gala ball, bingo, and a soapbox derby. The best other day for visitors is likely Friday, August 2, with street corner entertainment, Irish dancing, and live traditional Irish music. Free to the street entertainment. Most days schedule runs from morning into evening. Like your culture punctuated by cannonade? Prefer castles and fireworks and the smell of cordite to opera and ballet?

Overlapping the Edinburgh Festival is the almost nightly outdoor martial noise fest at the imposing castle at the top of the town. Usually sold out well in advance of the performances, but some few leftover tix may be available even up to the last minute. See web site for availability if any and prices. As summer winds down the Swedes break out two traditional foods. Watch for these during the second half of August throughout Sweden. You may or may not wish to join in. The crayfish. Most often in thin-bread sandwiches with butter, onions, and potato slices. Note: open the herring cans outdoors under water or risk ruining the indoor atmosphere with an unforgettable putrefying fish smell.

During these two-plus months when the Royal Family is at their Scotland residence Balmoral Castle and elsewhere, significant portions of their London residence, Buckingham Palace, are open to the public, for a fee. Guided tours tramp through the Royal Mews — the palace stables — and through nineteen state rooms — decorated with paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, and fine English and French furniture — elegant spaces used to receive and entertain guests on British state and ceremonial occasions.

Saturday features fancy dress and street entertainment. Take the A east to the A at Copplestone. July 28 — Aug. Performers will include established and rising stars. Some concerts are free. Expect local arts, crafts, canoeing and kayaking, storytelling, and music ranging from traditional Irish music and dancing to jazz. Dozens of events are scheduled daily. Combine with a visit to the most impressive Birr Castle Gardens. Evening concerts begin at 7PM.

Expect Swiss music, dance, yodeling, sports, games, a flea market, and a lovely parade featuring traditional Swiss costumes and flower-bedecked Swiss cows Sunday at noon. The audience sits together along long picnic benches and get to know one another over refreshments. The backdrop is undeniably major grand.

Begins Friday night at PM with an evening of yodeling and alpine music followed by dancing til 2AM. Visitors present their Guest Cards. The Eisteddfod Welsh for "festival" takes place at a different venue each year. Venue locations are announced only at the completion of the current Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod is a showcase of all things Welsh, featuring concerts, contests and competitions of music, singing, poetry, prose, literature, drama, and dance.

Expect discussions, debates, and philosophy, too, all made more challenging by being presented in the difficult-to-pronounce-for-outsiders Welsh language. Thanks to the Eisteddfod and Welsh TV, radio, and websites, the language and traditional culture of Wales is not disappearing, if not exactly thriving. The Eisteddfod, for its part, draws ever-larger attendance each year, with about 20, per day over its annual 8-day run. Parking is free. Free shuttle buses take visitors to the Eisteddfod Maes. OPEN: from AM daily, with activities of many varieties occurring concurrently throughout the day.

Dance, theatre, music, and opera performed by internationally ranked artists. Think of it as a 3-week long Mardi Gras with class. Some reduced price tix are available for seniors, students, and late-comers. Advance tickets on sale starting in June. Tickets still available to many shows on the day of performance. Re-enactors populate the ancient landscape at Craggaunowen this day, marking elements of Irish life from the Bronze Age crannogs, Iron Age forts, the Middle Ages, and into the 16th century. See, hear, touch, smell, and taste history as envisioned by the costumed inhabitants of the day.

Watch for signs for the rural road to Craggaunowen as you near Knappogue. If you want to see the rural Irish at play, this is the place to go. The show grounds are on the west side of the N Consult the festival web site for performance type, time, and venue. Cross the River Shannon at Ballina-Killaloe. Turn left west in Scariff on the R 5 miles to Feakle village. For the 39th year the festival will feature theater, jazz, classical music, literature, visual art, traditional Irish music, and street performances.

Kilkenny is a small city with a large history, especially in the form of its great Norman castle, itself the site of several scheduled classical music performances. Many events free. This delightful cross- country route is rural and beautiful in an understated Irish way — more poetry than drama. OPEN: various times daily.

Expect the West Indies culture to take over this section of west London for two days: music, food, costume, dance, drink, and spliff. If you are going to London to discover Londoners, expect to meet West Indians, Asians East Indians and Pakistanis , and other immigrant minorities from former Empire outposts who have made Britain into a society as diverse as America.

Big, raucous parade Monday. Did you think meeting your ideal mate could happen without cost? Colorful historical re-enactment of military ceremony piping troops back into their forts at the World Heritage town of St. George's town, Hamilton city and at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Expect a procession and bonfires. Ten horses with jockeys riding bareback race frantically for three laps around the crowded Renaissance Piazza del Campo square to determine bragging rights among the 17 city wards, and is sure to raise passions among competitors and onlookers to the boiling point.

The race — with origins extending to medieval times — is not without risk to jockeys, horses, and, occasionally, spectators. The Palio is much more than the race: parades, costumes, food, celebrations, and significant vino add colorful Tuscan pageantry to this world-renowned event. Get tickets early in the year. Balcony perches can be very expensive, but safe from mayhem. Remember, too, that visibility and comfort and not guaranteed at that price. Sunday July 14, Both moments are high points of the French Revolution, being influence by the American Revolution of Independence.

Bastille Day fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. The French Revolution, though in principal commemorated this day, quickly went from enlightenment to an age of darkness for France: popular chaos, murders of the aristocrats and plutocrats, the Reign of Terror, the rise of Napoleon, and a series of seismic Napoleonic Wars with aftershocks lasting, arguably, until de Gaulle and the Fifth Republic in Expect crowds, a fly-over, music, and noise.

Photo courtesy Mary from Dungloe Int'l Fest. Events differ each day and include such attractions as a golf tourney, duck racing, a gala ball, bingo, and a soapbox derby. The best other day for visitors is likely Friday, August 2, with street corner entertainment, Irish dancing, and live traditional Irish music. Free to the street entertainment.

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Most days schedule runs from morning into evening. Like your culture punctuated by cannonade? Prefer castles and fireworks and the smell of cordite to opera and ballet? Overlapping the Edinburgh Festival is the almost nightly outdoor martial noise fest at the imposing castle at the top of the town. Usually sold out well in advance of the performances, but some few leftover tix may be available even up to the last minute. See web site for availability if any and prices.

As summer winds down the Swedes break out two traditional foods. Watch for these during the second half of August throughout Sweden. You may or may not wish to join in. The crayfish. Most often in thin-bread sandwiches with butter, onions, and potato slices. Note: open the herring cans outdoors under water or risk ruining the indoor atmosphere with an unforgettable putrefying fish smell. During these two-plus months when the Royal Family is at their Scotland residence Balmoral Castle and elsewhere, significant portions of their London residence, Buckingham Palace, are open to the public, for a fee.

Guided tours tramp through the Royal Mews — the palace stables — and through nineteen state rooms — decorated with paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, and fine English and French furniture — elegant spaces used to receive and entertain guests on British state and ceremonial occasions. For — and to celebrate the th birthday of Queen Victoria — there is a special exhibition, "Queen Victoria's Palace" detailing how Victoria converted Buckingham Palace into the grand focal point of the British Empire in the 19th century. Total journey time: 30 minutes door-to-door. Children under 5: free.

Expect tennis royalty and royal tennis fans. Expect to see new mother Serena Williams to curtsy, Andy Murray return as Britain's favorite son, and European men and women to dominate. And expect another epic battle among Djokavic no joke , Nadal back from the dead? Not all tickets are pre-sold. Approximately tickets are retained for sale on the day of play for Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2, and several hundred Ground Admission tickets are available daily except for the last 4 days of the tournament. Queue for these daily tickets at Gate 3 turnstiles, and expect long lines.