Monday April 15th, 2013. Posted by Alex:

The Thatcher funeral

I am a free citizen of the United Kingdom. The police have no business whatsoever telling me whether and when to stand to attention, sit, wave, smile, salute, two-finger salute, hiss or boo. And they certainly have no business at all telling me which way I should face.

This has nothing to do with “respect

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Tuesday March 19th, 2013. Posted by Alex:

Bank robbery

So if we didn’t know it before, we know it now: the financial system has become too important for the health of our society. Without so much as a by-your-leave, without warning, in the face of repeated assurances to the contrary, and in conflict with the EU’s own market rules, money is being taken from

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Thursday October 4th, 2012. Posted by Alex:

The Dancing Dolls of Castagnetoli

It is well known that the story of Pinocchio is said to have been written by Carlo Collodi when he was living in Pontremoli. Is it possible that he was inspired by the story of the dancing dolls of Castagnetoli?

Castagnetoli is supposed to have 40 regular inhabitants – it is one of those places

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Sunday May 20th, 2012. Posted by Alex:

Birmingham food markets

So yes, about the markets.

I mentioned in the last post how fast food outlets seem to be swamping the country. While in Birmingham I went to Marks and Spencers food hall in search of one particular condiment. That was a mistake. I have the impression that M&S used to be noted for good quality

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Monday March 7th, 2011. Posted by Alex:

Let’s not be too hard on Prince Andrew

It could be worse. After all, although there is no reason to believe he is actually stupid, he is clearly not particularly bright. He was trained from birth to believe that he was a thick cut above almost anyone else. This putative superiority is inherent. It does not depend on the things the rest of

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Wednesday December 1st, 2010. Posted by Alex:

Can the police really be that dumb?

I think I may have guessed why the police – the Metropolitan, for instance – appear to be so stupid.

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Monday November 29th, 2010. Posted by Alex:

Iodine, please

Iodised salt seems like a very wise precaution if you live in the Lunigiana.

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Friday June 4th, 2010. Posted by Alex:

Greyhound transport

Be very sure the greyhound has room if the journey is at all long

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Monday February 16th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

Murder in the Snow

In case you don’t notice it in the listings. SBS, Thursday 19th Feb., 8:30 pm. Preview clip at the SBS website.. How Chinese border guards treat Tibetans when they don’t realize that someone is watching. Harrowing, but should be seen.

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Friday February 13th, 2009. Posted by Alex:

No great joy this Tibetan New Year

The Tibetan New year is sometimes the same as the Chinese, but sometimes a month apart. This year, the Chinese day was the 26th January, and the Tibetan will be around 25 February. Usually, of course, it’s a time of merriment, visiting, chang-drinking, fire-crackers and so on, but this year the exile

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