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Railway Bridges and Canals: Intersections of Industrialism

Autumn is come, and the air is chilly. And so I haven’t been sitting in my usual spot on Victoria Square observing the movement and interaction of people over my lunch break that often. Once I’m acclimatised, and I’ve procured … Continue reading

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Fair and square

I’ve been spending my lunch hours in Victoria Square. It’s a grand, open, public space at the top of New Street. There’s a statue of old Queen Vic off to one side (put there a year before she died). There’s … Continue reading

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I Wish to Register a Complaint…

There’s a commonly held belief that the British just don’t know how to complain. This is not quite true, in spite of it being used to good effect by Monty Python in numerous sketches. The reality is that the British … Continue reading

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Indian Summer

I remember hearing the phrase “Indian Summer” for the first time seeing a movie trailer for a film of the same name back in the early nineties. I never saw the film, and I never bothered to find out what … Continue reading

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Peopled

Here’s a question you probably think you know the answer to: Which country has the higher population density – England, India or Japan? The obvious one for me would be Japan, which is notoriously overcrowded. But it’s not – and … Continue reading

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Slow on the Water

Canals are not something one immediately associates with South Africa. There’s only a couple that I’m aware of – one leading from the V&A Waterfront to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and a few hundred yards around Canal Walk … Continue reading

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The Big Fat Weather Conspiracy

Everybody knows that the British weather is terrible. It’s cold all the time. When it’s not cold it’s raining. When it’s not raining, it’s overcast. When it’s not overcast, it’s windy, and when it’s not windy, it’s cold. Then there’s … Continue reading

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