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Holiday Diary – Rome, Part 1 (Corporeal)

I make no apology for my absence; I spent a fortnight in Rome on holiday. And I decided to make the holiday fundamental: I wrote not a word, other than for a few I wrote on a postcard. But a

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Diary – Vuvuzelas, LinkedIn, Heartbeats, Lightning Seeds

she smelled also and her house smelled too.

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Diary – Excess, Elections, Extinct Poets

His death at 26 was hastened by a bad review

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Diary – Tory determinism, Erotic arts

no doubt to discourage clandestine onanists.

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Diary – Submissions, Elections, Misery, Despair

due to the unique way in which our constitution barely works

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Diary – University Challenge, Mediocrity, Decline and Fall

I wonder, how does one come to terms with mediocrity?

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Diary – Ian McEwan, Adrian Mole, Blood transfusions, Libraries,

by which I mean that I committed a grave sin

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Diary – Yoga Ben, Rejections, Eleanor Catton, Holiday Plans

Fortunately, the food at the Beech Tree is beyond ghastly

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Diary – Rogue Male, Ben Ledi, Theresa May, The Guardian

I was never in any danger of having to kill and eat a raw sheep

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Diary – St Andrews, Beinn Nairnan, The Magus, O.J. Simpson, Michael Dowd

It is Monday and I am sitting in my living room, which is flooded with morning sunshine. I have a pot of coffee, made from freshly ground beans, I am listening to the Women’s Hour on Radio 4, and my

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