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Fear on the Tube

It’s quite a horrid place at the best of times, but travel on the London Underground has become really more fraught than ever now. This article from BBC News Online is an excellent summary of how people are feeling, and how odd the situation can become. I have a particular […]

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Welcome to multi-lingual blogging with gimmicks!

From today you will notice a whole series of new links at the end of every post – machine translations into the languages that people visiting this blog are likely to speak. The technology is of course not perfect, but I hope that there links will be more than just […]

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London attacks – we must not lose our heads [UPDATED, 25.07.2005]

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…"Rudyard Kipling, 1910 Never before have those words seemed so apt. For my fear today is that the country is starting to lose its head in its reaction to the second round of attempted bombings (21st July) and […]

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Boris Johnson and the world of UK & EU political blogs

It seems that blogging has not really taken off in UK politics yet. Boris Johnson, now free from the mistress and the work he had to put in on the Conservative front bench has given it a go though, and in typical style his comments about how the UK should […]

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British obsessions: plastic bags

I think UK supermarkets must be almost unique in Europe – they try to give you extra free plastic bags for your shopping, even when you don’t want them! In the rest of Europe, the situation is the opposite. The state needs to do something about it. I was behind […]

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Blogging to Make Poverty History. Well, we should do a little bit…

It’s been an excellent campaign – I don’t know if anything has in recent times managed to capture the imagination of the UK population as the Make Poverty History Campaign has. And above all, their website campaign has been cool too – have a look at their banners page and […]

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The frustrations of summer skating

Feeling a bit athletic and having a free weekend in London, I decided it might be a nice idea to go for a skate. Problem is that skating in London is really restricted and I wonder what could be done to improve it.

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The London Underground: some practical ways to improve it

I do my best to cycle to and from work regularly, partly because it keeps you fit, but partly because the London Underground is the only other reliable option to get from Clapham to Westminster. The system is old, and expensive and hot to travel on in summer. Those things […]

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We’re up and running! [UPDATED, 21.07.2005]

Am I too late jumping on the blogging band-waggon? Or have I been missing out? The software is installed (the blog even now has its second design revision – already!), the technology is all set up, and I have even tried a bit of blogging (of sorts) on the website […]

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Balkenende tries to save face in The Guardian

Jan Peter Balkende has decided that the way to address the fact that he is deeply unpopular in the Netherlands, and even more unpopular in the rest of the EU because he presides over a country that rejected the Constitution, is to write an article in The Guardian. The full […]

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The NHS really is improving

Well, so it seems at least… I finally sorted things out to register with a local doctor in London – the practice of Dr. Santamaria on Clapham Manor Street. An appointment was fixed for less than 24 hours later, and that appointment was even early. So everything should be sorted […]

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Getting on and off planes – well!

Have you ever been at an airport and thought: damn, I really wish all of these other passengers would get themselves moving onto the plane a bit faster? That way we would not be so stressed, delayed, annoyed (delete as appropriate). This post is a starting point to discuss what […]