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Ancient Japanese Society (a hierarchical lesson)

4th Oct 2010

Ancient Japanese Society (a hierarchical lesson)

I met my dad a few weeks ago for a dangerously strong coffee in a busy Italian cafe/restaurant just off Great Portland Street. Outside it was grey and drizzling. I had just dashed out of the office and he was on his way to Euston Station having spent the previous hour or so in the British Museum. I’ve not yet been to the British...

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Reading Stephen Fry on the Telephone

3rd Oct 2010

Reading Stephen Fry on the Telephone

Just a few years ago I would have dismissed anyone suggesting that I might one day read a book on a telephone as drunk, mad or foolish. Anyway, last Thursday I completed this slightly odd milestone when I finished off the latest part of Stephen Fry’s autobiography. I’d not turned a single page; it was all done through his MyFry...

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Hello Samsung Q330, ByeBye MacBook

1st Oct 2010

Hello Samsung Q330, ByeBye MacBook

Oddly enough, I haven’t owned a computer for the last two years. Ever since the very grim and very heavy Dell desktop that I bought from a second hand shop in Madrid started making a dim mangling noise, in 2008, I’ve relied on a combination of my work laptop and my iPhone. But along with my entry card, my discounted gym...

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Old Books and Library Stamps

28th Sep 2010

Old Books and Library Stamps

Anyone who buys second hand books online through Abe Books probably knows a few things about the service. Firstly that their books (they are sourced from second hand book shops all over the country) are enormously cheap; secondly that the postage can often cost twice the amount that you are paying for the title itself, and thirdly that...

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Damn His Blood (all change)

27th Sep 2010

Damn His Blood (all change)

I’ve decided to move my blogging from Wordpress to this Posterous site. My Digital Notebook, my last website, was primarily set up to accompany my job as Online Content Editor and then Head of Publishing and Projects at a search agency in the West End. It has lasted for about a year and a half and I have used it as an intermittent...

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