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How do you commemorate the final result when you're on the losing team? If the whole of London voted to remain in Europe (including, famously and on multiple occasions, Boris de Pfeffel Johnson) it was partly because we were the ones who travelled to and from Europe on a weekly basis, who worked alongside Europeans, who were not worried about being swamped by…
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Christopher Fowler
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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Brexit day. Let the bells peal out across this sceptr'd isle, William Blake…
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Christopher Fowler
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Fanny Cradock (real name Phyllis Nan Sortain 'Primrose' Pechey) was primarily a live performer. Her parents, Bijou and Archibald, were usually bankrupt so Fanny tried various menial jobs before entering the restaurant trade, hailing Escoffier as a saviour of British cookery She and her monocle-wearing Major Johnny ran a Daily Telegraph column (where they probably appeared quite normal) before they…
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There's so much Christmas around here I could expectorate tinsel. Christmas used to be fun with granddad smoking rolling tobacco indoors and grandma swearing at him and Mum force-feeding everyone her strange homemade mince pies that tasted vaguely of cigarettes and Dad building train-sets that caught fire. Now they're all dead, so Christmas is a tree with no presents around its base. Instead of…
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Christopher Fowler
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William Blake said 'active evil is better than passive good'. He could not have asked for a better demonstration of his maxim last night. An election is usually about choosing the right candidate, not trying to avoid the wrong one. Boris Johnson, centrist, liar, racist, homophobe, fantasist, inconsistent in policies, evasive in interviews, awkward in photo opportunities, was ultimately trusted by…
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Christopher Fowler
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I first became properly aware of this image when I saw it used as an enormous front-cloth in 'Sweeney Todd' on Broadway. George Cruikshank's etching was designed in 1840 and was brought up to date by him in 1867. I'd like to have included a much larger image but it's readily available online. The political and social stratification remained identical in the later version, with the Royal Family…
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Christopher Fowler
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Exhibit A: The Honourable Member for the 18th Century, Jacob Rees-Mogg AKA The Haunted Chimney, about whom the writer Ian Trevett had this to say: 'He is famed for filibustering, where MPs block bills by talking for long enough to block the progress of a bill. In his long speech to filibuster the Sustainable Livestock Bill, he recited poetry, spoke of the superior quality of Somerset eggs, and…
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Phew, what a scorcher! The second hottest day in history may become the hottest tonight as the temperature is still rising at currently just over 38C - no, I have no idea what that is in Fahrenheit, a system still clung to by papers like the Mail and Express. I'm not there, mercifully, as it's usually accompanied by high humidity, and although we're hotter here in Barcelona it's a dry heat and…
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Christopher Fowler
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Kipper: A whole herring, a small, smelly, oily fish that has been split from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted or pickled, and smoked over oak woodchips to produce a slimy, emetic meat some people insist on eating for breakfast. Not to be confused with; UKipper: A far-right racist also known for its unpleasant smell and slippery skin. Or perhaps they're the same. Our future PM Mr…
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I'm thinking of writing a new detective series very different from the present one. Let me explain why. Never live in a country that wants to be a world power. The power-hungry nation will focus its attention on everything except its residents. It will involve itself in the wars of those it wants something from, promote ideas it does not understand, become wasteful and grandiose. In May 2019…
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