Brendan Behan Revisited: The Adrian Dunbar Interview

Take any Friday or Saturday night in city centres across the UK. Revellers staggering from pubs and clubs at any time till dawn, collapsing drunk onto the pavement and being bundled into police vans to sober up. A/B-list celebrities & royals emerging unsteadily from their favourite London haunts, trading insults (and sometimes blows) with the […]

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At Their Discretion: London Restaurant Gratuities

A few days ago, I went with a friend to a restaurant in the Kings Road. It was fairly modest & middle-range – not one of those expensive, upmarket places. Before ordering, I asked one of the staff to clarify the ‘10% optional gratuity’ written in small print at the bottom of the menu. “Oh” […]

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Romance English Style

For the typical Englishman, this has not been an easy week. He can be extremely passionate about his football team, walking the dog, tending the garden and reading the Sunday newspapers. Women, however, (or so it seems to outside observers) rate fairly low on his order of priorities. In the last few days, though, he’s […]

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A Bridge Too Far? The Thames Gateway Project

The dynamics ( & polemics) of the contest for London Mayor (election day: May 1st) have tended so far to revolve around the Congestion Charge, ‘bendy buses’, whether to bring back the Routemasters  and (inevitably) the personalities of the three main candidates. The incumbent, Ken Livingstone (Labour) views Boris Johnson (Conservative) as an upstart dilettante […]

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Root of the Problem: Dentists in the UK

Did you feel a slight twinge in one of your upper molars at breakfast this morning? Are some of your teeth a little sensitive to cold beer or hot coffee? If yes,then you probably need to visit a dentist. Many of us don’t really like the idea so we put it off as long as […]

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