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katherine-gregor's picture
Jan.09.2013
I know this one is going to spark off controversy, so here comes the disclaimer: this is just my personal opinion, which I have formed from my own observations.  However, I would be most interested in hearing about your experiences.   Many years ago, my friend Sue, who is one of the most...
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Jul.29.2012
    Take a lyre.  Take a harp.  Both string instruments, right? Well, not just string instruments.  The lyre and the harp have been heroines of the music stage since the dawn of times.  Since Orpheus first charmed his way in and out of hell.  The lyre and the...
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May.06.2012
Join a library, apply for a job or submit a play for a competition.  More often than not, you will have to fill one in.  Apparently, their purpose is to guarantee an equal distribution of opportunities among ethnic backgrounds.  Does it really work? I am fully aware that this policy...
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Mar.18.2012
My grandmother had nerves of steel.  I used to joke that if anyone were ever to tell her that there was about to be a nuclear attack, she would curl her lips over her teeth in that way that she did when considering options.  Then she would say,  “In that case, we needn’t lock the...
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Mar.11.2012
As many of you will have heard, Robert B. Sherman passed away, last week, aged 86.  With his brother Richard M. Sherman, he wrote songs for films many of us will remember from their childhood, such as – among others – Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.    My own,...
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Mar.04.2012
  It had been a long day and a late night awaited so, at about five, I ventured into a Central London Starbucks.   “Tall, half-shot, wet latte,” I ordered, using the company’s recognised terminology with confidence.  “For here.” “What’s your name?” The girl was holding a felt-tip pen...
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Feb.28.2012
All I wanted, this morning, was coffee.   I sleepwalked towards the nearest authorised dealer and staggered into Starbucks.  "Flat latte", I mumbled through my somnolent haze.   The trademark cheerful foreign language student in the green apron didn't react.  I had entered the...
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Feb.26.2012
“Oh, don’t worry,” my friends say about someone I have yet to meet, “he’s very laid-back.” Little do they know that that is when I start worrying.   Describe somebody as “laid-back” and I have an inner reaction of tension, irritability and apprehension.  I would far rather be told that...
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Feb.19.2012
  There are favours for which you are sincerely grateful.  Favours which come as rain upon the desert, or a hot salt bath when all your muscles are aching.  Then there are favours which are a pain in the far South of your backbone.   You’re no IT expert and, after struggling...
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Feb.16.2012
This is now a regular occurrence. I am at the supermarket, queuing to pay.  A member of staff rushes towards me.  His tone is cheerful, as though he has a special treat in store for me.  "Would you like to use the self-service till?" I answer, "Do I get a discount?" His benevolence...