Month: February 2016

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

when the Irish think

At this time of year, when the Irish think of their emigrants, thoughts drift easily to the English speaking world: Britain, North America and Australia. But dynamic new Irish communities are growing all over Europe, too. And the Berlin Irish are a f

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The sisters were cockneys

The sisters were cockneys, born at home in Devons Road in London’s East End. Joy was born in 1924 and the twins, Babette (Bab) and Hazel (Teddie) on 1927, although their official publicity made them all five years younger. The family was not we

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

trying to be funny

Maybe he was trying to be funny, but more likely the name Pilot Inspektor is some weird nod to the Church of Scientology to which Lee belongs. “We chose her middle name because when she’s pulled over for speeding she can say, But officer,

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

A decline has set in at Wasps a gently downward slope

A decline has set in at Wasps a gently downward slope, rather than a vertiginous fall, but clear and present nonetheless and it was emphasised by this European Challenge Cup semi final defeat. Cardiff Blues have suffered growing pains as a region but

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