You will see – as if you didn’t already know! – from the rudimentary map on the home page that Russia is an enormous country. It str...

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Russia out of our area?

Christmas comes early to London’s West End. No sooner is Bonfire Night out of the way than the Christmas lights go on, first of all on Oxford St...

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Having a lights Christmas

It can be a funny thing, fashion. To take a couple of contemporary examples from the newspapers, it is trendy to wear baggy clothing but it is also li...

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One extreme to the other

This has been a difficult year for the film industry. The long-running strike which delayed or halted the making of many movies, and prevented star na...

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Not an end of this era

The 16th fiction book published by Sebastian Faulks landed in bookstores last month. When I say “fiction book”, that is not a unanimous vi...

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On the run from the past

The Ryder Cup at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club just outside Rome ended a couple of weeks ago. The event has left me with several memories, ...

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An Italian Ryder Cup

The week before last I was in Rome for the first time in Lord knows how long. It is hardly a controversial view to describe it as one of the most allu...

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Revisit to the Eternal City

After a six-year hiatus, Arsenal returned to play in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday evening, with a home game at the Emirates Stadium agains...

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Champions League is back