Monthly Archives: July 2012


Dublinesca, by Enrique Vila-Matas This book was recently published in English as Dublinesque. I didn’t think much of this book, and the only reason I’m going to write about it a little is that certain comments about the role of … Continue reading

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Reasons to hate the Olympics, 5: An orgy of advertising

Much more has been written about this elsewhere (I’m going to link to some relevant articles), but some points are worth reiterating and compiling: The Olympic Games are an advertiser’s wet dream, because: 1. The Olympic Act makes provision for … Continue reading

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Expatriate haunts

From this week’s Private Eye (no. 1317) School Report from Astana A feature article mildly critical of the British education companies queuing up to accept work from the oil-rich authoritarian regime in Kazakhstan sparked almost a full page of letters … Continue reading

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