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US ❤ UK

The findings are in. My exploratory yet exhaustive qualitative research into the state of the UK-US Special Relationship, conducted over the past few days under a number of strict scientific guidelines (“I will buy you a drink if you answer … Continue reading

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You just put your lips together and blow, Joe

The trombone. It is not, on first sight, the sexiest of instruments. It is played by making the air inside the instrument vibrate, and has a sliding mechanism to change the pitch. Typically positioned towards the back of an orchestra, the trombone is … Continue reading

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what is the city but the people?

Here’s a fun fact about Marco Rubio, the 41-year-old Republican Senator from Florida: his first job was building cages for exotic birds. He’s not the first politician to start small; Ronald Reagan washed tables in a women’s dormitory, Jimmy Carter … Continue reading

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six days

Just before midnight on Monday, as D.C. was being hounded by Sandy, I gave up on the piles of sodden, disintegrating copies of the New York Times book review that I had saved to read later (i.e. never) and instead … Continue reading

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oh dear

A few months ago I asked the question: is Mitt Romney political enough for politics? A series of clumsy gaffes at the time had led me to the view that Romney, then presumptive nominee, was probably not. Over the summer, the slow … Continue reading

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balloons and stardust

“So are you excited about voting in your first election?” I asked a young colleague at a work dinner. “Yeah, kind of,” she replied, “But I don’t think I’ll bother with the presidential vote. I mean, I wanna make sure … Continue reading

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playing chicken

“That’ll be $542, ma’am. You can swipe your card there.” I am at the hospital for a procedure. It is a fairly minor one but rather uncomfortable and definitely scary. I don’t want to put you off your breakfast, so let’s … Continue reading

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