It’s been a long time since I last wrote an “Angry, of Richmond” letter to a newspaper–I suppose I never really quite got over The Independent‘s not publishing an elegant missal I’d written a while back about George Bush. On Friday 13th June, however, I may have been prompted to write as much by the […]

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Yes, indeed, on this day we in England commemorate the matyrdom, on 23rd April 303, of the Anatolian- or Syrian-born Hellenophone patron saint of Palestine. And of Ethiopia. And, come to that, of Georgia (possibly named after the saint), Aragon, Catalonia, Greece, Portugal, and Russia, as well as of the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut (where […]

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[Incomplete draft; published as is] Psephologists and pollsters are as famously impartial and non-partisan as those who cite them. “If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is […]

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Searching the web this afternoon for something wholly unrelated to this, I serendipitously came upon … [EXCERPT] “Suppose we bring online learning, complete with cheap laptops, free wi-fi, and the latest in social software learning pedagogies to the children of Hebron, so that they can continue their education from their homes without risking their lives […]

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