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Deals and deadlines

Fiona Russell-Horne

 It was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, When is a deadline not a deadline? When it’s a Brexit negotiation deadline it seems. Last Sunday was the deadline. …

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An infinite deal of nothing

Fiona Russell-Horne

Live a little, cheer a little, comfort thyself a little The good news is that the first batches of the coronavirus vaccine have arrived in the UK, been transported round the country and are being administered into the upper arms of those at the top of the list as I …

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Not all superheroes wear capes…

Fiona Russell-Horne

Search for the hero inside yourself Who is your favourite superhero? Superman – Xray vision has to be quite handy, right? Or Batman, all dark and brooding and a cool car. Maybe Captain America, he of the nifty shield and the clean-cut wholesome goodness. Black Panther – a king AND …

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The power of three

Fiona Russell-Horne

When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning or in rain Eventually, all the coronavirus hurly-burly will be done and the Covid-19 battle won. Thanks to Pfizer, to Moderna, to the science boffins at Oxford University and AstraZeneca, it looks as though there is some sort of end in …

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Cummings’ final goings

Fiona Russell-Horne

 Expelliarmus To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to get rid of one political irritant may be fortunate, to get rid of two, seems like good planning. Barely a week after the US electorate turned out in their millions to send the Joe Biden/Kamal Harris partnership on the path to the White House, …

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A New Hope

Fiona Russell-Horne

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… On the evening of November 8th 2016, I wobbled off to my bed (it was during the NBG Conference after all) around 1am, having kept an eye on the US Presidential election over the course of the evening. Off I …

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Remember, remember, the 5th of November

Fiona Russell-Horne

Empleomania – the overweening and manic desire to hold public office, at any cost If blogs came with sound effects, this one would begin with the theme tune from Jaws. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, gym, pub, golf course, train, office, restaurant, …

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A glimmer in the gloom

Fiona Russell-Horne

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass Nearly half the people in this country are now going about their daily lives under either Tier Two or Tier Three Coronovirus restrictions. Apart from those in Scotland of course, who have five whole …

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North by north west

Fiona Russell-Horne

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past How many of us, on being asked in 2015 that awkward interview question, ‘So where do you see yourself in five years’ time’, would have got it right? I’m guessing probably only Boris Johnson, and only …

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It’ll end in tiers

Fiona Russell-Horne

Tell them the North remembers. Smile, they said, for things could be worse. So, I smiled, gentle reader, and lo, things were indeed, worse. The three-tier system has been launched whereby every district in the country has been given a ranking depending on how many people in that district have …

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