James Thomson

James Thomson

James Thomson is a British editor and travel writer who has been based in Slovakia for more than 10 years. He started working with The Slovak Spectator in 2008, when he wrote the 14th edition of the Spectacular Slovakia travel guide. He has also lived and worked in Austria, Australia, Britain and New Zealand. He teaches undergraduate courses on news and information, 20th-century European history and modern China.


List of author's articles

People queue to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II during the Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall in London on Friday, September 16, 2022.
Democracy has its limits. 16. Sep 2022, at 17:03
President Zuzana Čaputová during a press conference on June 7, 2022.
Ukraine war derangement syndrome continues to ravage some in the intellectual classes. 3. Aug 2022, at 11:23
Illustrative stock photo
The Slovak property market is like a swimming pool full of confused sharks. 28. Jun 2022, at 11:56
What supervising an undergraduate thesis taught me about how the system works (or doesn’t). 3. Jun 2022, at 10:33
Mariupol
Our neighbours continued to suffer while we enjoyed the Easter holiday. What has Slovakia learned? 20. Apr 2022, at 7:47
A detained demonstrator shows a sign 'No War!' from a police bus in St. Petersburg on February 24, 2022.
The world’s largest country is in the grip of a cult. 11. Mar 2022, at 10:27
People in Kyiv standing in front of a block of flats destroyed in an air strike.
Like it or not, Trump had a point about countries like Slovakia. 26. Feb 2022, at 9:48
Ukrainian forces during military exercise.
The parallels between Russia’s approach to Ukraine and Hitler’s to Czechoslovakia in 1938 are uncanny. 23. Jan 2022, at 12:05
One legacy of my mum's lockdown was the beautiful garden that I could enjoy during my summer in England.
There is no moral to this tale, other than to cherish those you love. 29. Dec 2021, at 15:44
Our capacity for indignation – or compassion – seems exhausted just when we need it most. 24. Nov 2021, at 14:38
The conspiracy magazine ZEM & VEK.
Should we pity or fear those who see the world through the distorting lens of the conspiracy media? 28. Oct 2021, at 13:35
GP Maroš Žilinka in parliament.
After a deceptively serene transition last year, the heartbreak has resumed. 17. Sep 2021, at 10:57
Bratislava airport.
The coronavirus, like the 9/11 hijackers, has excelled its forerunners in sheer deviousness. 25. Aug 2021, at 12:28
Marian Kocner and his lawyer at the Supreme Court
Overturning not-guilty verdicts, especially in cases as emotive as the Kuciak murder trial, is a very bad idea. 24. Jun 2021, at 14:00
Springtime in the Slovak countryside.
A change in the weather and – finally! – a lifting of restrictions prompts James Thomson to take his chances in the Slovak countryside. 29. May 2021, at 7:00
Why are Slovaks still dying in horrific numbers from a preventable disease? 16. Apr 2021, at 7:00
PM Igor Matovič
What Slovak politicians mean when they say sebareflexia. 24. Mar 2021, at 19:00
Russel Lunday
A good friend of The Slovak Spectator passed away on Sunday. 16. Mar 2021, at 10:44
Banská Bystrica
Does anyone understand Slovakia’s pandemic rules any more? 23. Feb 2021, at 17:31
Igor Matovič celebration his election victory on March 1, 2020.
How much of the present will be intelligible through the kaleidoscopic lens of digital media in just a few years – or even months? 26. Jan 2021, at 16:30
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