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Like the Queen
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Like the Queen

Last week, I had what the Queen has – no, not millions in the bank – but, gastroenteritis, or norovirus. I had gone away to a conference with two of the students from the college where I teach. On the second day, I began to feel a little queasy.   […]

Religion at the movies
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Religion at the movies

On holiday, I went to a multiplex cinema with my wife. I was astonished at the size of the establishment. There must have been twenty screens.   Steve Latham   With the height of the atrium and the sweep of the foyer, it had the feel of a postmodern church. […]

Robespierre
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Feel like a failure

Books help me articulate my thoughts. Sometimes though they take me to dark places. Recently, I bought “Vanished kingdoms”. Written by the historian Norman Davies, this is a romantic evocation of lost European history. Steve Latham Davies delves into the stories of countries which have disappeared into history; places like […]

Buy the brand
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Buy the brand

I went to a seminar, at the London School of Economics, called, “London,  fractured identity or collection of neighbourhoods?” Steve Latham Organised by a new group called Citydiplo, it claimed to be discussion of local neighbourhood branding in London. The apparent question was whether London had a unified brand, or whether […]

Urban art scene
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Urban art scene

Before Christmas, we went to a small gig in a pop-up shop on our local high street. The shop had been set up as part of an attempt to re-invigorate the neighbourhood. . Steve Latham . Another one had also opened up further along the shop-fronts. Both were artistic endeavours, […]