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Holiday Diary – Rome, Part 2 (incorporeal) – Iglesias, Tartt, Wright, McCullers

So, as promised, I am now going to deal with matters incorporeal arising from spending two weeks in Rome. Being without access to decent speakers, not a great deal of music was listened to. However, four songs quickly established an

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Diary – Tory determinism, Erotic arts

no doubt to discourage clandestine onanists.

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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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Diary – Six Feet Under / Zadie Smith / May / Brexit / DIY

The weekend is over, just about, and I almost got through it without mentioning Trump. A four hour cycle today, in company, and somehow we avoided the issue. The truth is that I am actively seeking out the comfort of

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Diary – T2 Trainspotting / Christine / Birdman / Nutshell

I have recently acquired  The Assassin’s Cloak, a compendium of 400 or so years of diarists, and it made me think: maybe I should write a diary. I have previously kept diaries of Ride Across Britain and the time I

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Your favourite psycho (contains spoilers)

Sorry.. For the delay in blogging, I am unfortunately nearing upon some really quite ghastly tax exams, and I have been finishing up some things in the office, and also reading quite enthusiastically, as well as training for an epic

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