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Back in Godzone, Twenty Years On

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We’re back at last in our beloved North Northumberland, after an absence of some three months: the longest, I think, we’ve ever been...

Bins and has-bins

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A windy bin-day in Oxford this week, with bins and escaped refuse strewn across the street by gale-force winds, reminded me: it’s a while...

Well, well! Wellness trumps dry January

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You’ve heard and read all the usual advice on detoxing after the Christmas binge. You may have decided to go dry for the month:...

If music be the food of love – don’t play it...

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Duke Orsino opens Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night describing music as the food of love and demanding that it “play on”. Music’s well documented, in both fiction...

New Year humbug? ‘Tis the season to be grumpy!

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‘Tis the season to be grumpy. No, really. Ever since Charles Dickens invented the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, we’ve delighted in repeating his catchphrase,...

It may be grim up north, but we’re gritty – AND...

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Warmth is better for us: The Times on 28th November declared that “22C is ideal for a sunny disposition”. According to Oliver Moody, science...

Too busy to talk? You’ll never be a billionaire!

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Are you too busy to talk to your colleagues? Then this new invention is for you: stick a red traffic light on your desk....

Alliterative animosity exacerbates acrimony

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Bombastic blundering buffoon demonises muddleheaded mugwump I frequently marvel at how politicians reached their high office – particularly those who are cabinet members, not to...