Engleby
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Read between June 12 - June 24, 2019
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My college was founded in 1662, which means it’s viewed here as modern.
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the other people are not from the university. They are what are called ordinary people,
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‘Here, this’ll interest you . . .’ I used to dread what was to come when someone said that to me
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The linguistics side of it hasn’t been fruitful yet because the people writing about the basis of language don’t seem to be able to write.
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I didn’t see people rooted in that town: I saw people floating through it, disconnected.
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I feel swamped again by the inexplicable pettiness of being alive.
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For the rest of us, life was demandingly, agonisingly, ‘creative’.
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What was admired in the newsroom was, in this order: belligerence, the knowing use of macho jargon and the ability to drink alcohol.
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The interview with Ken Livingstone didn’t go quite as well as I’d expected.
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Steven Stringer, a foreign-desk sub, once changed the light bulb on his desk lamp and we lost that Sunday’s paper in the resulting wildcat strike.
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The old ‘can’t do’ sub-Soviet Britain, where you waited three weeks to get your phone mended, was dead.
Phil Ruse
It's the 80's (left wingers who think politics began in 1979, do so for a reason)
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the word ‘edgy’ put me off. It’s code for ‘the men all swear a lot’. (‘Feisty’ means the women all swear a lot.)
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I’d become more adept at being with other people; I’d lowered my expectations of them and learned to let my mind drift into neutral when they spoke.
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1970s schoolteachers who decided, for some perverse political reason, to withhold knowledge from our schoolchildren.