Travel
13 October 2003
To Ilkley, for the literature festival. Well, I was trying to get to Ilkley, but the train in from Leeds was delayed. "...
Society
06 October 2003
I have been in the country in North Yorkshire and southern Devon, trying to finish a book. In Devon especially, the...
Society
29 September 2003
When I was nine, I had a nightmare in which I was going out of control on a bike. I was very aware in the dream of...
Lifestyle
22 September 2003
On the field in York where the bloke who taught me canoeing had his pig farm, there is now a Tesco's, open 24 hours. My...
15 September 2003
Last Tuesday, I went to the National Film Theatre to see the elegiac TV film of Alan Bennett's A Day Out (1972), which...
Lifestyle
08 September 2003
I spent last Saturday evening walking around the York suburb in which I grew up, and noting the changes that have...
Society
01 September 2003
I should have known something odd was coming up when, meandering south out of Oundle in Northamptonshire, we got to the...
Travel
25 August 2003
Much of the website of the Idler magazine (www.theidler.co.uk) is currently given over to the Crap Towns project, which...
Society
18 August 2003
Sitting here at my desk in Trondheim, in the sweltering summer of 2053, with the air-conditioning on the blink, I find...
Society
11 August 2003
In August, London, more than any other British city, changes. Any given Evening Standard news-stand bill persists for...
Food and Drink
04 August 2003
Being in France - and I was in Provence last week - does not make me feel British or English so much as very Yorkshire...
Travel
28 July 2003
My book of the summer is Babycham Night, Philip Norman's account of growing up in the 1950s in Ryde on the Isle of...
Books
21 July 2003
This book, beautifully packaged and bound, is a cherishable little artefact in the mould of all those cute popular...
Lifestyle
21 July 2003
One of the best museums I've been to is Queen Street Mill, Burnley, a preserved cotton mill. If you're the only visitor...
Lifestyle
14 July 2003
Two train companies operate between London and Coventry: Virgin and Silverlink. If you use Virgin, as I did last week...

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