Monthly Archives: February 2009

Italy, il bel paese

Just in case you can’t see. the first knob provides condoms, the second a throw-away lighter and the third those generously large cigarette papers for people who like a long, cool smoke. The dispensing machine is outside my local newsagents … Continue reading

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Homesick for everywhere but here

Norman Geras asked me to write about a book that has influenced me in some way for his Writer’s Choice series on normblog, according to the Sunday Times one of Britain’s finest 100 blogs. I chose Christopher Isherwood’s second novel, … Continue reading

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When reporters asked Berlusconi yesterday whether he’d seen Roberto Benigni rip him to shreds at the Sanremo Song Festival last Tuesday, before an audience of 15 million, our Leader Minimus said, with his habitual smugness, that he was one of … Continue reading

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In the bin

I’ve just found out that Little Monsters was shortlisted by the Waterstones Book Circle as one of its February choices. It didn’t win – Chris Cleave did – but it does mean that some branches will pop an extra sticker … Continue reading

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Après Walter… Who?

If you live in Italy, or care two pins about it (these categories aren’t necessarily coterminous), you may want to express your opinion on who should replace Veltroni as head of the Partito Democratico. Well, La Repubblica has set up an … Continue reading

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