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Britain’s Borderlands

Rory Stewart is, as his name suggests, a Scot, but he is one of the most English in his extraordinary life to date. A talented linguist, he has spent a lot of time walking the deserts of the middle east, and for a time was deputy governor of Iraq, and is one of the most … Continue reading

The Medium was the Weather

The Medium was the Weather

Well, not quite, Marshall McLuhan’s famous saying that the Medium is the Message, can be reframed as the medium was shaped by weather in Britain. At least back in Roman times. The first depiction of anyone writing was of a young girl in the ruins of Pompei, writing on what then passed as a jotter, … Continue reading