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Category Archives: correspondence

The Very Old New Normal

An ancient livery company celebrates St George’s Day and a year of successful ‘virtual’ operation in the teeth of Covid-19 . A year ago today, around the swelteringest part of the Sri Lankan year, I clambered to the roof of our apartment building in Colombo, donned my lairiest tropical shirt, cracked a Lion ‘larger’, and, [...]

Research and rescue

The Falkland Islands bids farewell to the RRS James Clark Ross, and a Marylebone gallery hosts a virtual exhibition of Antarctic photographs. – For The Critic

The Evensong at the End of the World

On singing evensong for Candlemas, in Stanley Cathedral. – For The Critic

Quarantined in the Falkland Islands: 2

The saga continues. – For The Critic

Crashed and Burnsed

On giving a poetically bad speech to the Caledonian Society of Sri Lanka, at the Galle Literary Festival. – For The Critic

Quarantined in the Falkland Islands: 1

From South Asia to the South Atlantic, in the time of Covid. – For The Critic

Bookselling: my part in its downfall

Some thoughts on my brief time at Waterstone’s, along with a review of Shaun Bythell’s Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops. – For The Critic

None shall sleep

A Toscca seminar on potential catastrophe in the Caucasus. – For The Critic

Year’s mind

On South Africa’s historic 1995 Rugby World Cup win, its aftermath, and the sad death of James Terence Small . On Sunday morning, the first big international rugby fixture – All Blacks vs the Wallabies – was played since Covid halted the Six Nations back in early March. This will be followed by the other [...]

The Gentleman’s Marathon

On my attempt to run 26.2 miles, in Pheidippides’ footsteps. – For The Critic