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Come back Uber, all is forgiven

We know that Uber pretends it’s not responsible for its drivers; and we know that doesn’t really seem honest or fair; and we suspect that Uber drivers don’t get as good a deal as they deserve. But we also know that we’ve got to get around London and sometimes public transport isn’t the answer – […]

The risks of rhetoric

Just after Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the US, I saw a British TV programme in which Jacob Rees-Mogg and other luminaries were quizzed about their reaction to this startling event. The others were cautious, even critical, over the new man in the White House. Not our Jacob. It was, he explained, an […]

Words without language

The way we speak has been hi-jacked by technology.  We talk in texts, we emote in emails.  Plans, arrangements, negotiations, debates which would have been transacted in speech – face to face, or maybe a phone call – are now transmitted electronically. This can be quick and efficient.  But anyone who’s used a microwave, drunk […]

Life after death (maybe)

Great news! There is life after death, and I know that’s true because I heard it on the BBC:the ‘Today’ programme on Radio 4 to be precise. Unfortunately (you knew there’d be a catch) it’s not for everyone. In fact, it’s only for one of us. And the lucky person is the celebrated Belgian detective, […]

Spring is over

At the time of writing, the opposing factions in Syria are working hard to destroy each other, but the West has not yet joined in to speed up the process. Obama’s finger is twitching nervously close to the trigger, while Cameron’s interventionist hand has been stayed by an uncharacteristic outburst of wisdom from parliament. By […]