Monthly Archives: December 2011

Athens

Arriving in Europe, the same as always: cool grey light. This time, there’s a chill, too: coat and jumper are barely sufficient to be comfortable at night, and there’s a sprinkling of snow on the higher hilltops around Athens. The … Continue reading

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Christmas cheer

apparently the pope has been complaining about the glitter of Christmas. Perhaps he’s just jealous. But have you seen his hat?

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government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich

On the plane to Athens I read The Big Short by Michael Lewis, an account of the sub-prime debacle. It lionises the few who bet against sub-prime and won big, in the process demonstrating that many of those on the … Continue reading

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timor mortis conturbat me

These are the days of dying: Christopher Hitchens, Vaclav Havel, Kim Jong Il. Famous people, of whom I know nothing. Closer to home, the Saab marque died; we have had Saabs since we first married, and we still have two … Continue reading

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comes to all

The bloke next door is dying, in hospital, of cancer. Apparently he’s doing so rather grouchily.  This seems understandable; who would want to go, after all, especially when it seems inconceivable that you could have done everything you wanted to … Continue reading

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