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Smirnoff I Used to be a very civil servant
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Stopping work: how it feels

‘So,’ the glamorous woman asks me. ‘What do you do?’ ‘I’m a writer based in Vienna,’ I say. ‘Oh.’ She looks at me blankly and walks off. The leading gallery director standing with me grins. ‘That was a cool reply you gave, not mentioning that you were the British ambassador until a few days ago,’ she says. ‘But you see

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The Nameless Ones

Who knew that a conscience could be contagious? – Angel, musing, in The Nameless Ones I received my copy of The Nameless Ones, No. 19

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Chernobyl fun fair
Miscellany

The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops, by E M Forster, is a brilliant analysis of how humankind is going wrong right now. Forster wrote it in 1909. Here

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Middlemarch quotations

This is my fourth and final collection of Middlemarch quotations. The book teems with exquisite epigrams, insights and laugh-out-loud observations. Read, and relish. I’ve published

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Robert Pimm podcasts

Robert Pimm podcasts are a new way of listening to posts about writing, books and stories. Comments and feedback humbly accepted. How about some Robert

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Blood Summit

Who is watching the watchers?

“Who is watching the watchers?” from the Latin phrase “quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”, is a preoccupation for modern democracies. Can we trust the people we

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