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Hi all, I have to admit: my reading took a hit yesterday after the news about Aretha Franklin broke (for all the many qualities of her music, it’s not something you can concentrate on reading to). My first memory of … Continue reading

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Hi all, Of course it happens. In a summer where we’ve had roughly 25% of the average rainfall a British summer is used to, all the rain we’re due has been concentrated on a small oval of land in Marylebone, … Continue reading

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Hi all, Ah, the Great British Summer: a time of intermittent thunderstorms, complaints about the cold/rain/heat (depending on which of the seasons the day most resembles) and abject England batting collapses. John Cleese provided an insight into the English cricket … Continue reading

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Hi all, This has been one of the strangest summers I can remember. Not only is England swelteringly hot and sunny, but Sri Lanka beat South Africa in both tests. Not just beat them – hammered­ them, in the manner … Continue reading

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Hi all, It’s hard to lead off the links with anything other than the resolution last week of one of the most interesting sporting events of the year, one full of surprises. I am, of course, talking about the England-India … Continue reading

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Hi all, It’s a lovely, sunny day in London which is, against my better judgement, putting me in rather a good mood. It’s a good day for a walk, if you’re so inclined – there’s a pretty popular one trending … Continue reading

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Hi all, I had plans for a scintillatingly witty and complex intro paragraph (I know, first time for everything, right?) but a fire alarm in the building and an impending train departure requires that I go for speed over wit. … Continue reading

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Hi all, The links are early this week as I’ve just realised I’m going to be away from my computer all day; this also makes them bleary-eyed and probably substantially less coherent than usual. In fact, I briefly thought I … Continue reading

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Hi all, Poor old England. Only they could set a cricket world record and be overshadowed by Egypt vs. Russia or some such thing. It’s an amazing turn-up for the books: England, of all teams, have the most exciting one-day … Continue reading

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Hi all, I am not a football fan. I used to watch a lot, and even went to the World Cup in 2010 (though it was only a three-hour plane journey for me back then). But gradually, two forces drove … Continue reading

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