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Brexit: if you’re a masochist, it’s the real deal (Part 2).

In my previous instalment, I tried to address a few common misconceptions around the EU; in this one I’ll try and have a look at the three main scenarios that the UK could follow should it decide to secede from … Continue reading

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Brexit? If you’re a masochist, it’s the real deal (Part 1).

This time last year we were all panicking about a possible Scottish secession, something that surely appealed to Braveheart fans, but didn’t make sense under any other point of view. This year it’s Brexit and, since work has sort of killed … Continue reading

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The rally

There were just three activist, standing on the makeshift podium in Torgallmenningen: one, in red shirt, was doing the talking, whilst the other two worked as human poles, raising a slogan spray-painted on a piece of torn bedclothes. Around them a … Continue reading

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Leaving it all behind: a journey to Jaffa and the coast.

Jerusalem on a Shabbat is as close as the initial sequences of 28 days later as it can get. Empty streets, only a few hours before riddled with busy pedestrians and erratic motorist, stretched in every direction. No buses, no … Continue reading

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“Dark Star Safari” by Paul Theroux, Penguin Books

Source http://www.paultheroux.com Paul Theroux and I go a long way. I originally picked up his book almost one year ago, in its podcast form, and then – almost immediately – dropped it. The reason? The voice of the reader: whereas … Continue reading

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Where the vita isn’t dolce.

There are, in every country, in every language, words that have a deeper, more profound meaning than the mere concept they define. Take, for instance, Balaclava: in British English, might be a garment used by bank robbers or motorbikers, but … Continue reading

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The stubborn resilience of life

Ruins. Peeled paint. Rust. Dust. Walls tilted to impossible angles, defying gravity. Roofs caving in. Empty plots strewn with rubbish. Stray animals. These are some of the features that welcome the visitor in Tbilisi’s old town and, there’s no way … Continue reading

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