Monthly Archives: May 2013

Homage to a Small Town in Catalonia

The Catalan town I know and love is living through what the Spanish national press has named austericide. Five years ago I found a thriving market town beside the sea, relished by tourists as an unusual find except in dead … Continue reading

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A Moment in Russian Self-Perception

At the Prague Press Forum, May 12-14 2013, Russian journalist Maria Eismont took questions about the situation of the Russian media, whose independence many in the West consider compromised by the Putin regime. She wasn’t willing to give a structured … Continue reading

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From deckchairs to Google Glass

Czecho  (aka The Czech Republic) is a small, highly cultured, enterprising and design-conscious country and I generally like what I see (outside of the politics). It’s a way of life that’s mostly familiar, mine, and yet not. Some features of … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Relationship with England: is marriage the right metaphor?

My knowledge of Scotland is confined to a couple of cross-country visits nearly twenty years ago, and some imaginings for my most recent novel, Anyone’s Game. On one actual visit to the west coast I concluded the food and the … Continue reading

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