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The Boss of Bethnal Green by Julian Woodford

The Boss of Bethnal Green by Julian Woodford

  It’s a story of a political psychopath who won successive elections by persuading the electorate to vote against their...

A for Advent

A for Advent

The Season of Advent, with its themes of apocalyptic dread, makes me a bit jumpy. First we had the sonic...

Speed Awareness Training

Speed Awareness Training

A few weeks ago we buried Richard. We loved Richard. The church service lasted nearly two hours as people stood...

Fire and Brimstone in the Scottish Highlands

Fire and Brimstone in the Scottish Highlands

In late autumn, before we brought in our geraniums for the winter, my wife and I took the night train...

Summoned by Bells

Summoned by Bells

I went to the Whitechapel Mosque on Saturday for a rally in support of the campaign to save the Whitechapel...

chat about silence

chat about silence

  Recently I reviewed Unspeakable [paywall] by Harriet Shawcross for the FT which opens up that strange and disturbing vale of...

on the clapton commons map

on the clapton commons map

This week High Vis jackets started appearing on Clapton Common as the hoardings went up around the long abandoned toilet...

six billboards on clapton common, hackney

six billboards on clapton common, hackney

A mayor, a bishop and a rabbi walk onto the site of the abandoned toilet block on Clapton Common ....

on being stalked

on being stalked

For the better part of the last decade I’ve had a stalker. In the beginning, when we were colleagues, I...

Poor Door in the City of London

Poor Door in the City of London

Recently I received a turd through the post. It was a photograph of a pile of faeces at the entrance to...

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