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George Orwell, “As I Please”, Tribune, 1944.

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Britain’s last deep coal mine is being shut down: “The National Union of Mineworkers, which used to have more than 500,000 members, is left with just 100 following the closure of Kellingley.” What an incredible statistic. I couldn’t help thinking … Continue reading

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Re-write, re-write

For World Book Day, a page from the manuscript of “Nineteen Eighty-Four. Big Brother Is Watching You. (Apologies for the grainy quality of the image.)

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Outside my work the thing I care most about is gardening, especially vegetable gardening. I like English cookery and English beer, French red wines, Spanish white wines, Indian tea, strong tobacco, coal fires, candle light and comfortable chairs. I dislike … Continue reading

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Alan Johnson & the decline of social mobility

The memoirist, Orwell Prize winner and lost leader of the Labour Party revisits his childhood haunts in West London. Fine interview by the Indy’s Simon Usborne: Johnson pauses to peer into the playground of Bevington Primary School, just off Goldborne Road. His … Continue reading

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