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British reserve

I never thought anything would make me nostalgic for London buses. But this story from Frizzy Logic did. It’s a dialogue between a young woman who thinks she has aids, and a young man who thinks her problem is contagious … Continue reading Continue reading

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When he come to your house

It’s been a horrid month for death already, and last night Caroline came in with an old copy of the _Independent_ carrying a death notice I’d entirely missed when it appeared on the 17th. Eve Keatley was Bob Runcie’s press … Continue reading Continue reading

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might as well giggle

After she posted some “Paxman/Portillo slash,”:http://derry.anejo.nu/recs/newsnight.html I asked “TNH”:http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/ why no one wrote this kind of thing about American politicians. So she went off to find some. Mostly, she failed, but hers was a truly honourable failure, as this report … Continue reading Continue reading

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A modest proposal

“Ben Hammersley”:http://www.benhammersley.com/archives/004137.html#004137 cuts through an enormous amount of the crap that has been written even by sensible people like “John Naughton”:http://molly.open.ac.uk/Personal-pages/archive-index.htm about how blogging democratises journalism: Want to be a journalist? Write something good. Continue reading

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Making Britain great

The Daily Telegraph carried an obituary of Col. Michael Singleton, the sort of pedagogue you just don’t get from modern teacher training colleges: Long walks, cold dormitories and regular hymn-singing were also an integral part of the education, along with … Continue reading Continue reading

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So the mike was live!

this is an experiment in using Movable type. I hope that it will turn into something both fun and useful. For the moment there’s not much else to record of the day, except that I got to thinking how long … Continue reading Continue reading

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