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January 18: Standing up, brushing off…

Back in 1988, I got an MSc in Politics and Sociology from Birkbeck College, University of London. One of my most vivid memories of that time was being stuck in traffic outside the Houses of Parliament (I used to drive … Continue reading

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June 29: Don’t give up

Lori La Locataire (it means Lori the tenant, but it just sounds so much more like her in French), who lives in our house in London, gave me some terrific advice the other day, advice she’s picked up from an … Continue reading

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June 14: 93,000 words

When something prevents me from writing The Novel, I imagine my characters hanging about impatient and frustrated, waiting for the next thing to happen. The likeliest place for most of them to wait is at the restaurant that figures largely … Continue reading

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May 25: The Novel

My friend Emily emailed the other day and wondered whether because there hadn’t been much mention of The Novel, if perhaps it had fallen by the wayside. Non! It’s definitely progressing. I’m at the point now where I feel very … Continue reading

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May 20: Muffled in paradise

Ted, as you can see, couldn’t care less what language he hears on the radio. This is him listening to France Inter’s morning show, in which they are discussing the Dominic Strauss-Kahn affaire. They have been discussing DSK ad infinitum … Continue reading

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May 9: More firefighting

I’m afraid of the kitchen at the restaurant. I’m quite happy to pop behind the bar, and I don’t even mind going down into the pretty cavernous basement, but the kitchen… it’s not my territory. Everything happens too quickly, everything … Continue reading

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April 28: Novel locations

The picture at the top of the blog is one that I took from Villa Arson, an art school and gallery that is about 12 mins walk from the flat. It seems pretty under-the-radar, off the tourist track, but it’s … Continue reading

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