North America
22 November 2004
I was sitting in a traffic jam in horrible, violent Kentish Town when a juvenile delinquent came walking out of a side...
15 November 2004
On the day of the great DJ's death, I was in a charity shop in Notting Hill when a stranger came up to me and said: "...
08 November 2004
Walking through Woolworths with my son Frank, I noticed that he looked a little peaky and was uncharacteristically...
Books
01 November 2004
In 1997, Steven Parissien, co-editor of this book, produced a sumptuous volume on the history of the train station,...
01 November 2004
At a Chinese restaurant recently, I was attempting to eat won ton soup, but couldn't scoop up some interesting bits at...
25 October 2004
If there's one thing that connects the British middle classes to their atavistic instincts, it is parking. You can be...
18 October 2004
It was early on Saturday evening, with chilly autumnal weather and the tang of burning leaves in the air. As I cycled...
11 October 2004
It's been a very class-conscious week, as usual. On Monday, I bought a small bottle of light ale in a pub and the...
04 October 2004
There were two pupils at my junior school who were significantly poorer than the rest. One of these, a strange, wild...
27 September 2004
A family of foxes lives in my garden, and I give them every encouragement to do so. This is not strictly in the name of...
20 September 2004
In 20 years' time, how will the magazine journalists of 2004 look back on the wild sallies and daring strokes of their...
Culture
13 September 2004
Sebastian Faulks wrote recently about the inauspicious publication of his eventual worldwide bestseller Birdsong. There...
06 September 2004
I went to the doctor and the subject of drinking came up. "How much do you drink?" he asked, and I gave a figure for...
Lifestyle
30 August 2004
This has been a good summer for caravanning: membership of the Caravan Club has been rising at unprecedented rates, and...
Books
23 August 2004
I have occasionally been involved in mini-movements lobbying to have ordinary (that is to say, not famous) people...

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