Monthly Archives: December 2013

‘Tis the season: Amazon and its critics

Christmas is a season for invented traditions. There’s the Christmas tree, which first became popular in early modern Germany before spreading across Europe in the nineteenth century. There’s Father Christmas, loosely based on the historical figure St Nicholas, a fourth … Continue reading

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On greatness: looking back and forward

A mere decade behind the times, I recently finished watching the BBC’s brilliant 2003 TV drama about the ‘Cambridge Spies’. It tells the story of four bright young men – Anthony Blunt, Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean – … Continue reading

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Will 2014 be the year of independence?

This is a dangerous thing to say given how many staunchly unionist Scots I know, but I feel a certain affinity with Alex Salmond’s SNP. We’re both (sort of) children of the 1980s. Yes, technically the SNP has been around … Continue reading

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