Monthly Archives: November 2011


For a man with a brain not remotely mathematical, I always liked coded messages, and still enjoy trying to do those codewords in housewives’ puzzle books where you can send the completed page in to win a reading lamp or … Continue reading

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Passing stranger

The other day I visited a printing works. From a professional point of view it was fascinating to learn how the process works and why we prepare documents and magazines for print the way we do, while from a personal … Continue reading

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The importance of being In Charge

While it may well be true that absolute power corrupts absolutely, it’s also true that the most comically tiny amounts of responsibility can often have the same effect. I’d like to believe that this was a modern characteristic of our … Continue reading

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Mercy of monochrome

Everyone seems to look better with the colour stripped out. While I was strolling through Florence the other week, I came upon a black and white photo booth, tucked behind an ugly municipal building that reeked of ammonia. At two … Continue reading

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Last week I was in Florence. More of this another time, perhaps, though it already seems so long ago that I might as well never have been there. I didn’t take a guidebook, but on this occasion just asked some … Continue reading

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