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Category Archives: correspondence

The Chris Moyles of the Falkland Islands

On becoming the Breakfast Show host on Falklands Radio .‘Are you an early bird? Do you love music? Do you enjoy interacting with members of the public?’ Well, no; yes – but with major caveats; and, er, not in most cases, honestly. ‘If so, Falklands Radio may have the perfect job for you.’ Oh, well. […]

Trouble at’ Mill

Notes on the life (and afterlife) of JS Mill, philosopher . The classical liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill was born and died this month – in, respectively, 1806 and 1873 – and in between he wrote (or co-wrote, with his wife, and then his step-daughter) On Liberty, Utilitarianism, Principles of Political Economy, Considerations of Representative Government, […]

(Re)building a library

Confessions of a bibliomaniac in the South Atlantic. — For The Critic

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