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New York

Central Park, September 2001 I last left New York City in mid September 2001 – late, broke, and somewhat shaken up – but ever since I’ve wanted to go back. Ten years later, I made it. If only for a few days, working. Central Park, June 2012 Not much time. Not much time even to […]

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Letter to Momo – ももへの手紙

(Very mild spoilers ahead.) It’s necessary to point out immediately that the plot of Letter to Momo (ももへの手紙 – Momo e no Tegami) will sound more than a little familiar: a child, whose parent is suddenly absent, moves to the countryside with the other parent. While they are absent, working, she meets a mystical creature […]

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From Up on Poppy Hill – コクリコ坂から

If you have any interest in Japanese cinema, animated or not, you don’t miss a chance to see a new film from Studio Ghibli. Last night I was lucky enough to catch a screening of コクリコ坂から (Kokkuriko Zaka Kara – From Coqueliot Hill – released as From Up on Poppy Hill), released last summer in […]

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On Republicanism, and kicking puppies

This Sunday I attended the Jubilee Protest, organised by the Republic campaign for a democratic alternative to the monarchy in the UK. And so this week I have had, on a couple of occasions, been asked to explain just why I support the Republican movement (no relation to the GOP). This is actually rather difficult, […]

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