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Julian Bell
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Read my recommendation of A History of Loneliness
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Ave Atque Vale
This week I’m hosting a ‘blog tour’, in which
writers take turns to answer the same four questions about their writing, and
then pass the questions on to another writer. I'm also taking a bit of time out to focus on my writing. What are you
working on?...
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CRY GOD FOR LONDON, BORIS AND SAINT WHO?
Saints are in the news at the moment. On Sunday Pope Francis, in a nifty piece of
ecclesiological triangulation, ‘raised to the altars’ (made saints) two of his
predecessors, the liberalising John XXIII and the conservative John Paul II.
And then last Wedne...
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EVERYONE’S BACKYARD
Last week Lifelong Londoner was in New York, the second most exciting city in the world. It belongs
to everyone.  Don’t worry if you haven’t been there; you know it already. It’s
the most filmed location in the world. It’s the heart and lungs of New York:  ...
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NOT MUCH LIKE CRICKET, IS IT?
This week Lifelong Londoner is in New York, the
second most exciting city in the world. Baseball
and cricket are pretty much brothers. Both boil down to the same dynamic: one
man propels a ball as fast and as unpredictably as possible towards another
man, w...
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WHICH BLUE ARE YOU? THE BOAT RACE.
It’s
supposed to be meritocratic, but in fact it’s dominated by the white male
products of Oxford and Cambridge and a handful of public schools, along with a
sprinkling of foreigners who have been allowed to dodge the citizenly duties of
the rest of us. It’...
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A DAY TO BE PROUD
Once in a
while something happens that is absolutely and without qualification good, and
will be the source of enduring goodness in the future. That happened this
weekend with the legalisation of gay marriage in Britain.    Gay
marriage is both a reflection...
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