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On Europe...

There’s a lot of talk and argument about Europe at the moment, and it’s not going to go away. So, I’ll add my fourpence-worth, at least, from the perspective of my blog. 604 more words


The staircase (concluded): Themes & Ideas

I suppose, in terms of my teaching, the themes and ideas were the optional extra, as I explained in that introductory post: there don’t actually have to be any, and plenty of novels are successful enough without them. 707 more words


Archibald, Certainly Not!; Words and Weapons no.4

George Robey’s rendition of the music-hall song ‘Archibald, Certainly Not’ perhaps provides  an unlikely accompaniment to the First World War. It deals with the comic archetypes of domestic – and specifically marital – strife. 1,554 more words

Changing Worlds, or, my collection of atlases

I found myself turning the pages of my 1981 edition of the Times Atlas Comprehensive Edition, which is well-worn and grubby, with lots of interesting bits and pieces sandwiched in between its pages – lists of previous names of towns and cities in Poland, old maps of… 559 more words

Travel Writing

Pinkers, pink forms, and being in the pink.

‘I am still in the pink. Terribly dirty, but as happy as a kid with mud. Still in the same place. Awful slaughter. Two more of our men were wounded last night by a shell.

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