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A new kind of spy fiction
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A new kind of spy fiction

When the Cold War came to an end it signalled the likely termination for the kind of spy fiction featuring dark deeds on the part of Western and Soviet undercover agents.   Sean Sheehan   John Le Carre, who wrote what is considered the best example of this kind of […]

How violent systems maintain themselves
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How violent systems maintain themselves

It has long fascinated historians and others how such an apparently sophisticated society as ancient Rome could also be so barbaric, an ironic term, since they despised the so-called barbarians!   Nigel Pocock   In his recent highly original book (Roman Disasters, 2013), Prof. Jerry Toner makes the following insightful […]

Praise to forgetfulness
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Praise to forgetfulness

Fanatical fans are from everywhere not only here in this country of crazy, violent, passionate people… without passion, they want to see themselves reflected in the heroic ball-playing characters, but the next day they still don’t agree on anything.      Armando Orozco Tovar   Forgetfullness should be in the words […]

The care crisis
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The care crisis

My father went into hospital just before Christmas, to have his hip replaced. It’s now a fairly routine operation in Britain.   Steve Latham   Although he was away from home during the holiday, he was glad to get rid of the acute pain he had been experiencing for years. […]

Photographs of London
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Photographs of London

“Streets”, a collection of photographs from the 1950s, is testimony to a bygone age but also one of (post-war) austerity in London’s East End.   Sean Sheehan   The residents are proletarian and cash poor – it would be decades before the term ‘gentrification’ would be used to describe the […]