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Christopher Fowler
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The last post clearly sparked something about the ritual of tea, so here are a few further points. As tea featured infamously in Britain's past (from its key trading position in the Chinese Opium War, when we used it to enslave a populace, to the Boston Tea Party) it remained ubiquitous and cheap. When the heavy bombardment of of Southern England began the world's first government unit offering…
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Christopher Fowler
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The rubbish line-up of the Oscars this year set me thinking, not that I set any store by these awards; any supposed system of excellence that could ignore 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Singing In The Rain' and 'Vertigo' isn't worth bothering with - If you were to look down the list of most popular British films you'll find a surprising number filmed in other countries, in India, Africa and what they used…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Swiss just held a referendum on whether to curb immigration to just 0.2% of the population, bringing it down from 80,000 to 16,000 people a year. Let's face it, they've never been team players, have they? But this time they voted against the curb - a good thing in my book. Perhaps they thought, hmm, vibrant culture, exciting world cuisine, full employment, energised music scene, improved…
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