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Varieties of affection

This is an essay about how we describe, or try to, emotions and feelings such as love, and so is bound to be inexact, even obscure. I’m sorry about that. … Continue reading

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Thinking about sex

Human beings spend a lot of their time exploring sex, sometimes in surprising forms: a species obsession. Here is my take on the subject. NB some pictures have been edited. … Continue reading

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Faith in America 2

Religion in each country has national characteristics. In Europe and Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism and Islam are part of a long past, and to practise … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 12 April, 2016 · Leave a comment

Faith in America 1

I had thought religion in America consisted mainly of consumerism, with a highly visible idiot fringe in southern states. Here I’ve looked more closely at religion in the USA. Reliable … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 5 April, 2016 · 2 Comments


I was in the supermarket the other week and overheard a couple in the next isle. She was saying of a product they were looking at, “Don’t you remember Danny, … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 30 March, 2016 · 3 Comments

Culture of poverty

I’ve been reading Oscar Lewis’ The Children of Sanchez (Secker and Warburg 1961), a study of a poor family in Mexico City made in the 40s and 50s and consisting … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 23 March, 2016 · 2 Comments

Waters of Limerick

This is not about the river Shannon, but about a family called Waters who lived in Limerick Ireland, perhaps in the city, in the 19th century, a member of which … Continue reading

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Friday, 18 March, 2016 · Leave a comment

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