Author: Magdalena Williams

Magdalena Williams came to the U.K. from Vienna in 1970 to attend her mother’s wedding and chose to make the U.K. her home. She undertook several career changes until her retirement in 2016 from the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She started as a teacher of Hungarian and German to diplomats and finished in the Nigeria Team which was inter alia looking at how to defeat Boko Haram. Before joining the FCO, she worked as a psychologist in hospitals and ran creative therapy workshops in prisons and clinics. Her interest in writing was first raised when she decided to research her family history and leave a record of how her mother, the daughter of a landed gentry family in Hungary fleeing Communism, first to Vienna then Germany, ended up in rural Kent. Magdalena is an ardent Remain campaigner, a Green Party member and she will proudly be forever European.

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MEMORIES OF WAR

Memories of another war

Magdalena Williams

When I see families fleeing into cellars to escape from the bombing of their houses, memories of my childhood experiences flood back. As an eight year old, I was very confused and often scared. All I knew was that I had to go to the dark cellar when a siren was heard.

Missing Government Health Warning

Magdalena Williams
Led by Donkeys hoarding in Poole, Dorset: No guarantee

At least 20 million people and even more animals’ lives are affected by it, but you might not know about some of the effects of leaving the EU. There should have been a health warning. The pandemic has hidden some of the impact of Brexit.

Aviation Safety After Brexit

Magdalena Williams

When you book your family holiday, the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of the flight you are taking. Who ensures that the flight is as safe as possible? 

Young Europeans event

Magdalena Williams

One of the reasons I have been campaigning against Brexit so persistently since the 2016 Referendum is the loss of opportunities for my foster son and nieces and nephews.  It’s young people who will live with the impact of the decision of the UK to leave the EU for much longer than us older people. We […]

Losing a Child

Magdalena Williams

How does one get over losing a child? What support exists for the grieving parents of a stillborn child, or a child who dies soon after birth?

Crossing Borders

Magdalena Williams

Magdalena examines her lasting horror of crossing international borders. In this article she details a very harrowing experience in Hungary.