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Support your local independent bookshop - here's a reading list

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Our high streets are struggling with useful shops closing. But... One bright spot is a local independent bookshop, The Open Book, and I am doing my bit to keep them busy. Further afield, I like to visit some of the great bookshops, known for their history as well as their books.  First and foremost is Shakespeare and Company in Paris. ...

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Keeping in touch

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We’re well into the Covid-19 lockdown here in Richmond and although most people are reasonable and well behaved, there is absolutely no doubt that they are thinking longingly of all those restaurants, cafes and pubs now closed. You can’t friends over for tea or dinner either, though some enterprising friends have organized virtual get-togethers.  It’s not quite the same, but...

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The Question of Trade

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Trade is top of the headlines these days in the U.K.  It has always been a priority here. Britain, more than most other countries - the United States may be the closest - has always been concerned about trade throughout its history.  What can history teach us about the subject? Quite a lot, one would hope, although I sometimes fear that...

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A helping hand

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It is very obvious that there are more and more people today who need a helping hand. Whether you look close to home, at the elderly lady next door who can't quite manage to carry her shopping, or the growing number of homeless people in major cities all over the world, or the mother desperately juggling a part-time job, looking...

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