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Tinatin

Tinatin

on Feb 20, 2016

Last weekend found us eating at a rather classy restaurant complete with wood-panelled ceiling, grand piano and chandeliers, but we weren’t at Tinatin for a date night (although it would be a great choice for that!), we were there for Saturday lunch with the children. Back in England, my idea of a family-friendly restaurant was Pizza Express –...

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Hope Against Hope

Hope Against Hope

on Feb 14, 2016

In 1934 the poet Osip Mandelstam was arrested for his explosive poem in which he described Stalin’s fingers as “fat grubs” and his moustache as “cockroach whiskers”. The poem was clearly too dangerous to write down but Mandelstam had recited it to a number of trusted individuals whose job was to commit it to memory until such time as...

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