Monthly Archives: September 2013

Week 38: Speech at Speaker’s Corner

This month, the collective lens of Britain’s media has been turned to the party political conferences. Yet as the country’s commentators queued up to scrutinise whatever Nigel Farage dared say and whatever Ed Miliband failed to say, and opine over … Continue reading

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Week 37: Arabic

I learnt German as a child. It went rather well; my vocabulary isn’t always perfect and my grammar never is, but I’ve pretty much nailed the native accent, and that’s what counts in the “sexy” rankings (because it is well … Continue reading

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Week 36: Harmonica

If a factory-fresh gleaming BMW convertible was offered to you for a mere £467 and 59p, cash in hand, you would not dream of buying it. If an old warty hag with dirty fingernails sold you an apple in exchange … Continue reading

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Week 35: Crewing a Classic Ship

The sea calls to lost souls, to all who feel adrift in their routine-rooted lives, all who tell themselves that one day – one distant but definitely real day – they will succeed in running to the adventure that awaits … Continue reading

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