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Democracy, what democracy?

January 5, 2014

“A democracy cannot survive as a permanent form of government. It can last only until its citizens discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that... More

Happy New Fears for one and all

January 2, 2014

Another year will bring another set of reasons to be fearful, as sure as eggs contain salmonella and the ghost of Jimmy Savile haunts the BBC. Thus far, none of... More

First sighting of the Bulgarian Tsunami

January 1, 2014

I saw a veritable horde of Bulgars (4) in colourful rustic garb – headscarves, hooped earrings, plaits, long skirts – and that was just the men – being fleeced at... More

Big Data says PRISM is bad for business

December 11, 2013

Most governments spy on their own citizens and those of other countries. Big Data technology gives some more scope than others. The Snowden leaks revealed that the US NSA and Britain’s GCHQ mined petabytes... More

Relationship banking 101: relate to your customer

December 6, 2013

Money laundering regulations are penalising honest retail bank customers while driving others into the cash economy, which benefits nobody, much less the banks themselves. I recently visited my bank to... More

Writing about Brick Lane, in Ooty

December 25, 2011

James Joyce wrote Ulysses in Paris, Trieste and Zurich: that’s where he went wrong. Thus has relocated to Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 8500 feet up in the Western Ghats to write the... More

Layla and other assorted love songs from Fez

June 4, 2011

Thus has temporarily relocated to the heart and heat of the Arab world’s oldest medieval medina. I’ve been to Fez before so I’m skipping the tourist highlights; the tannery where... More

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