These articles don’t fit neatly into this site’s topics. Their presence here probably bears witness the incorrigible eclecticism of my range of interests.

Cheap Monday or how to be thin, poor and fashionable

If you want to be fashionable, you can never be too thin (that bit hasn’t changed), or too poor.

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Should France change her national anthem?

A modest, and rather frivolous, contribution to the debate that sometimes recurs about the words of France's national anthem.

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Sixty years a Queen, with unflinching grace and steadfast devotion to duty

HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee offers us an opportunity to reflect on a life devoted entirely to the service of her peoples both in the United Kingdom and in the Commonwealth.

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The welcome trend away from anonymous posting on the Internet

Content quality, on balance is improved immeasurably if people are prepared to stand up for they are saying. Does this mean people will comment less? Probably. Does it matter all that much? I don’t think so.

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When in France, don't ever wear brown shoes after 6 pm

Never, ever, ever wear brown shoes in Paris after 6 p.m.

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