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Cooling off

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Notebook

I always associate northern California with the late sixties, when I spent some time here. The hippie stuff was fun for about five minutes and then, by late ’67, the barbarism had set in.  A typical story: A woman I … Continue reading

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Ye olde jazz hipsters

I can’t stop laughing at this. A 1982 cartoon by Trevor Holder, discovered via @PunchCartoons.

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Witnesses

When Presley and [Pat] Boone were the two most popular singers among American teens, were they really the idols of opposing camps? Or does that way of seeing them just reflect the fact that the few teenage music fans who … Continue reading

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The morning after

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Team spirit

I don’t need to mention there’s an important semi-final tonight, do I? Most of the media build-up is drawing parallels with Italia ’90, for understandable reasons, yet for someone of my generation (I was born in 1959) 1966 is still … Continue reading

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Vista

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Information overload, 18th century style

“Meantime, the pamphlets and half-sheets grow so upon our hands,” groaned Swift in 1710, “it will very well employ a man every day from morning til night to read them.” His solution? Never to open any! The doctor Thomas Beddoes … Continue reading

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Parenthood

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Notebook

J.L. Carr, “How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup“.

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