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Glittering Moscow proves the Russians have left Communism behind them

I arrived in Moscow thirty years too late. Except for the five red stars over the Kremlin, any vestige of Communism was obliterated by the time I took my first trip to the Russian Federation in October 2018. I walked from my Stalin-era ‘penthouse’, read over-heated top floor flat, that used to house Party apparatchiks…
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Why I’ve stopped reading the news

Doom descended pre-dawn on 24th June 2016, and the existential angst hasn’t lifted since the referendum result. A few months earlier, I thought we had hit rock bottom when Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of the Labour Party. Then Donald Trump became president, and the Dystopian nightmare became a reality. This year, just when you…
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Our obsession with body image has got to end

Flesh is everywhere. More and more of it is on show because fat is the new thin, naked is the new look, and we’re all obsessed about body image. Being honest about weight is still an issue, as both Boris Johnson and I know only too well. Remember our potential future prime minister as he…
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Dear Editor, with love from Outraged of Maida Vale

These are times of outrage. There is outrage on the streets that President Trump is visiting London. Game of Thrones fans in China were outraged because the finale was delayed. Jeremy Kyle’s stock and trade was outrage. There is enough to be outraged about, that’s for sure. I’m outraged about the Alabama abortion bill and…
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Doris Day: an unlikely hero for our times

The outpouring of grief over the death of Hollywood icon Doris Day says much about the state of world affairs. It seems as if we long for an era when our universe seemed calmer and more ordered. Hers was an age of innocence, where there was hope for the future. America then, we tell ourselves,…
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Canadians are taking over the world: a Canadian writes…

As famous Canadian media theorist and philosopher Marshall McLuhan said in 1962, the world is a ‘global village’. From academia to zoology, Canadians shape the way we think. It’s so much harder to play the ‘name ten famous Canadians’ game because Canadians invented Trivial Pursuit. The name on everyone’s lips at the moment is Stephen…
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