Monthly Archives: July 2015

Remembering the Peasants’ Revolt

Yesterday was the 634th anniversary of the bloody suppression of the Peasants’ Revolt.  Wat Tyler (an Essex boy made glorious) made the critical mistake, repeated by many since, of believing the ruling class.  They came to Smithfield to demand a … Continue reading

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Tales from the Thames

Yesterday I went to the premier of a documentary about the lighterage industry on the River Thames.  Lightermen (lately there were also some lighterwomen) maneuver the barges that move goods from ships to shore.  The trade is centuries old and … Continue reading

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The 7 D’s of Housing USA

After 40 days, 40 nights, 10 cities and about 15,000 miles, I’m back from my US housing odyssey.  This is a post-sized summary that I’m hoping to expand on in an article for the London Review of Books and a … Continue reading

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