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The First Time (Part 3)

Below is part 3 of “The First Time”. Part 1 appeared on 10 June and Part 2 on 11 June. Becky, a graduate with a first class degree in english literature has run up a credit card debt of £5,321. … Continue reading

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The First Time (Part 2)

Below is part 2 of “The First Time” part 1 appeared on 10 June 2012. Becky, a graduate with a first class degree in english literature has run up a credit card debt of £5,321. Believing that she has no … Continue reading

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The First Time

Becky stirred in horror at her credit card statement. Surely she haden’t spent all that money? Becky scanned the list of transactions for the sixth time. There was no mistake, the statement was accurate, the outstanding balance was £5321 . … Continue reading

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The Snake

Below is my attempt at fiction. Not very good but one must start somewhere. Amie loved the wood. she liked the huge oaks with their spreading branches many of which had stood for centuries defying storm and the woodman’s axe. … Continue reading

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London Wind

All night long the wild wind has been blowing. I didn’t invite him in but he came none the less, buffeting the windows and trying to open the door of my bedrom like a living thing loose in the flat. … Continue reading

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The Death of English

My friend Brian drew an article in today’s Daily Telegraph to my attention. In it Doctor Oastler argues that English will decline in a similar manner to Latin. However the language of Shakespeare will not be replaced by Chinese, rather … Continue reading

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Amped by Daniel Wilson

In an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled “Bionic Brains and Beyond”, Daniel Wilson discusses his forthcoming novel “amped” in which he portrays the social issues which arise when super enhanced individuals start to emerge. Wilson points out that … Continue reading

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Marriage by Dan Gerber

American Life in Poetry: Column 376 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE Though most of us are not formally known as diplomats, many of us learn to be experts at domestic diplomacy, and the sorts of complex negotiations we find … Continue reading

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Mad as a Hatter!

I have just returned from spending a very pleasant week walking in the New Forest which is situated in Hampshire in Southern England. I stayed at the Forest Lodge a hotel in Lyndhurst which forms the administrative capital of the … Continue reading

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The loneliness of modern man

In an article for the Boston Review entitled “The Loneliness Scare”, Claude S. Fischer challenges the oft quoted mantra that we are all becoming lonelier. Rather than perceiving the increasing use of social media as a symptom of loneliness Fischer … Continue reading

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