Getaway bike, Notting Hill, London

September 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm (Espresso, UK)

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April 2, 2007 at 4:09 pm (Espresso)

Young woman from Leeds (who is Jewish): “If I ever slept with an Iranian, I could never look my grandparents in the eye.”
–“Why would they be there? To hold the sheet?”

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Nutters

March 28, 2007 at 2:27 pm (Espresso, UK NEWS)

The Iranian government is clearly itching to get bombed. Taking British soldiers hostage is very cheeky. They should be released immediately. But just as parents often deny teenagers’ demands we should refuse military intervention. President Ahmadinejad will then have to dye his hair purple, lock himself in his bedroom and listen to Coldplay.

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The hardest word

March 27, 2007 at 3:12 pm (Espresso)

“I’m sorry,” is a common British refrain. Except, that is, when it comes to apologising for slavery. Today a protestor interrupted a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the abolition of the Slave Trade Act 200 years ago. “You should be ashamed,” the man, Toyin Abgetu, shouted at Tony Blair, who was there, as was the woman who recently won an Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Mirren. It probably took poor Tony a moment to realise it wasn’t the war he was referring to. Why is it so hard to say sorry? Because most of the clothes we wear, like my trainers, are made by near slaves in countries like Macau (which I thought was a bird).

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Aersol issues

March 15, 2007 at 11:39 am (Espresso, soulbeantransport)

This morning I applied an oil spray to my bicycle chain. Then I noticed that the can in fact contained rain-repellent for leather shoes. Fortunately my deodorant is a different colour – and in the bathroom.

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23 February 2007

February 23, 2007 at 9:51 am (Espresso)

08:50 GMT. Woke up to hear Clint Eastwood on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He was talking about the two films he’s just made. The interviewer prodded him, with sensitivity, to admit that his films were anti-war. It was a moment, very human on a programme the usually features politicians. Then the news reported that a US soldier had received 100 years for the murder and rape of an 14-year-old Iraqi girl. He’ll escape the death penalty, as he should, but he’ll up for parole in 10 years. There’s a cheery thought.

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Feb 14 2007

February 14, 2007 at 5:43 pm (Espresso)

Tomorrow morning I have a driving test. I’ve not had one since I was 19, when I failed. My driving instructor is called Emanuelle. He is very patient. If I pass expect to see a picture posted of a jubilant me standing next to him. Otherwise, I may be too miserable to update until April, so please do come back then. Not that I’m gonna drive, of course. But without a car licence, you can’t ride a moped in this town.

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February 14

February 13, 2007 at 1:33 pm (Espresso)

Valentine’s Day is to the single person what Christmas is to the Satanist.

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Monday timetable

January 21, 2007 at 10:00 pm (Espresso)

11am Therapist.

12pm Depression.

1pm Lunch.

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January 21, 2007 at 5:19 pm (Espresso)

Cycled to a friend’s house today. He criticised me for riding without a helmet. “It’s like not wearing a condom,” he said. “Oh, I have condom on,” I said. “Never cycle without one.”

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