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Digital disadvantage

There seems little flexibility in digital radio transmissions. They seem loud and clear or they seem unavailable. The boundaries of coverage seem very sharp.  Rather than gradually fading, the signals seem to disappear as though a switch had been turned … Continue reading

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Beside the seaside

Among hundreds of old photographs, one that is blurred, out of focus, and indistinct caught the eye. A group of boys standing beside a sea wall stare towards the photographer. It is a school outing, but they are in their … Continue reading

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A distant hilltop

“A great view here.” “Yes,” my father would say, “If you look out at the middle of the most distant ridge, you can see a hill beyond it more faintly – that’s Pilsdon Pen. It’s above Lyme Regis. It’s twenty-seven … Continue reading

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Cures from a bottle

Sainsbury’s has a startling range of bottles of olive oil. How many types of olive oil do people need? Can most of the customers surveying the choices tell the difference between one sort and the other? When I was a … Continue reading

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Never cool

For a few weeks, in the spring of 1981, I tried to be trendy, or whatever was the appropriate word forty years ago. I can date my trendy period very precisely. I dropped out of my undergraduate studies at the … Continue reading

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