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archives from the 1990s

Begging is probably the lowest rung of the social ladder:  a visible indicator of the state’s failure to succour the have-not and  Singapore possibly the only country in the world that is  beggar-free. Not a great deal of shame is associated with asking for a hand-out in the West, particularly when  practised by one of […] Read More

Twenty Years Back… This has been one of those mythical summers, when bees get drunk on obscenely gorgeous roses and honeysuckle, when Panama hats and straw boaters are essential wardrobe items, when proper thirst assumes reality, when grass shrivels and sun burns blisters on the skin. In June Wimbledon recorded 112F (surely not- must be […] Read More