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England

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“Police Praise ‘Safe, Orderly’ Carnival”

I rode the 381 home and sat in the priority seats just behind the box of free tabloids.

Like many of John Le Carré’s women, she has a creepy energy that I can only describe as “sex-mother.”

Many of the women in his books seem unable to decide whether they want to sleep with every man they see or be their actual biological mother.

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We swam south through green fields and rolling hills

We made a list of all the things we didn’t know: when was the Bronze Age, and what’s steel made of, anyway?

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The Street: or How I learned to start worrying about Corrie and listen to Mordecai Richler

There’s a palpable sense that Britain was at its best back when people were living on rations, the era that had just come to a close when Coronation Street first went on the air.

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We were all waiting for the rat to come out

I Sharpie-scribbled my way through a violently lime green pad of Post-It notes.

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I knew the rules

Commuting to historical archives is the ultimate exercise in urban loneliness.

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Standing in front of the glass my image was reflected back

Emily’s red dress overlaying my jeans and T-shirt, my short neck where her slender one would be.

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London

I tell my students that they are lucky to be living through a period of such exciting democratic activity.

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Instinctively I feel self-conscious.

As though wearing colour was the mistake instead of just being a woman.