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My friend Dan decided to by a flat near us in Barcelona and told his wife to only look in the areas he had marked on the map. Why those areas? They were all a certain height above sea level. How we laughed at him. He was right, of course; Barcelona was extended into the ocean and soon could be reclaimed. That's why the inland cathedral is called Catedral Del Mar; it was once on the coast…
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Christopher Fowler
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In case you think the social panic leading to Brexit is new, here's the story of an earlier one that had grave consequences. In the months before war broke out in 1914, the United Kingdom underwent a social panic. People started imagining that British towns and villages were hotbeds of German spies. At that time our relationship with German was good; a great many Germans studied at British…
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Raymond Kirkpatrick is a colleague of Arthur Bryant's. The bear-like heavy metal-loving Professor of English is currently working at the British Library and is our occasional guest speaker. His opinions are very, very much his own. I work in a library so obviously I prefer books, but last week John May, in his desperate attempts to cling to his middle age, followed the Youngs onto loads of stupid…
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The nation's media is in trouble again. It started with a small story. In the Sunday Times, critic Camilla Long horrified many with her condescending review of Ken Loach's well-meaning polemic 'I, Daniel Blake'. In doing so, she revealed the widening gap between the press and the public. Last year Kate Winslet and Judy Davis starred in 'The Dressmaker', a sort of revenge western with sewing…
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