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Director, Analytica Social and Economic Research; see Editor, Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation; see Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire; see

Everything must go

Looking out of my window first thing this morning I was greeted by a sight which, whilst all too familiar, I still find stomach-churningly revolting: pigeons breakfasting on human vomit on the pavement opposite my house. Summoning up all the … Continue reading

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I finished another research proposal yesterday. Clicking the ‘submit’ button induces the same sense of irrevokability that used to accompany the posting of a bulky manilla envelope through the maw of a post box: anxiety that it might contain some … Continue reading

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It’s undeniably spring again. The lemon tree that i brought indoors to protect it from the frost that never was (see picture) has burst into bloom, incongruously filling my office with an overpowering Mediterranean perfume. Saint David’s Day has been … Continue reading

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Wishing you a fruitful 2014 and happy holidays

This picture was taken on my roof terrace last summer: ripening tomatoes, lemons and jalapeno peppers. If only my typing fingers had been as productive . . . Hoping that 2014 will be fruitful for you in every way.

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Flying into Belgrade on a clear early April day a couple of days ago, I was treated to an amazing spectacle, glimpses of which are shown here, of the heavily farmed agricultural landscape of this part of the Danube valley. … Continue reading

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1963 – the great unbuttoning

As 2013 begins, I am reminded that it marks the 50th anniversary of 1963, the year when, in most people’s reckoning, the 1960s really started. Last night, I had dinner with Liz Heron*, whom I first met when she invited … Continue reading

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Starting the new year with a bit of decay

I used the image in the last post as my greetings card this Christmas (changing the title to ‘knock, knock’ because people found the existing one rather obscure). I took the picture in Budapest several years ago when the sight … Continue reading

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