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I blame that idiot prince

A few years ago, I wrote a blog about the decline in popularity of the name Andrew, which was about to drop out of the top 100 boys’ names. Revisiting this theme, after emailing an Andrew in his late 20s … Continue reading

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Wotalottabot

There’s a been a lot of talk in recent years of the inevitable takeover of the robots, and how it won’t be long now before they can do everything we can and we will no longer be needed. Anyone who … Continue reading

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Shhh

It’s quiet in my house this morning. In the film The Family Man, high-powered businessman Nicolas Cage is given a ‘glimpse’ by his guardian angel of how his life would have been if he hadn’t dumped Tea Leoni (one of … Continue reading

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It’s that time again

At what point did Do They Know It’s Christmas become part of the classic songbook of radio-friendly festive tripe, rather than what it really is, a song about starvation? Those who were around when it was released (and greetings fellow … Continue reading

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A minute of your time

There was a minute’s silence at the football on Saturday. I was there with my youngest. He’s old enough to have figured out for himself how he feels about it, but even so I felt like maybe I should explain … Continue reading

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England are going to win the World Cup! (In 2026.)

The cause for such optimism? http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41545920 Possibly the only good thing for me personally about the hideous lurch to the right this country has taken in the last couple of years is that it’s made me realise how much I … Continue reading

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Go South West, life is very, very peaceful there

About six weeks ago I was delayed at Winnersh Triangle railway station. I call it a station, it’s basically a long wooden walkway with no amenities whatsoever, other than a couple of benches. I was there for 78 minutes, on … Continue reading

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