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The Political Is Personal

I’ll always remember the condescending smile on the face of my interlocutor as I finally walked away. The argument was, unbelievably, about the continuing need for feminism, which my adversary contended was out of date. “Can you name a single instance in your life where you’ve been discriminated against?” My failure to come up with … Continue reading

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The Quiet

I have the good fortune to live in an unusual little corner of London overlooking a decommissioned dock that is now used for training small children to sail, adults to kayak, and other healthy maritime pursuits.  On hot days it attracts merry bands of revellers seeking a way to cool off, diving merrily into the … Continue reading

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The Enya

With St Patrick’s Day on the approach, let me tell you about a little cocktail I invented with some charming Irish barmen. It was a friend’s birthday.  We were on pub #2, or possibly #3, I’m not entirely sure.  What I do know is that we were somewhere a hair north of Victoria Park in … Continue reading

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My Postapocalyptic Resume

In these turbulent times, I think we all agree we’d like to be as prepared as possible for whatever comes our way.  If some sudden catastrophe means we’re going back to bands of loosely organised communities with little or no central sociopolitical structures, I want to make sure I get in with the right group.  … Continue reading

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Snow

On the very last day when we were getting ready to go to the airport it begins to snow.  A belated white Christmas for me and my family.  Though we worry about flights and driving, I can’t contain my joy as the big fluffy white flakes swirl around us. I try to catch them as … Continue reading