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  [14th July 2014]
When you write a book, and are lucky enough afterwards to be asked to speak about it, often, you tend to repeat yourself. Or, I tend to repeat myself. There are certain things I repeat because I believe that they never lose their power. In ...
  [4th July 2014]
As if it's not confusing enough that I have a book with two titles (Deep Sea and Foreign Going for the UK edition, Ninety Percent of Everything for the US edition), I also have two paperbacks. The Portobello version of the book was issued as ...
  [4th July 2014]
I try very hard not to hate anyone or anything. I avoid using the word "hate," and ask other people not to use it. "Why not say 'dislike'?" Hate is violent and I dislike it very much. But today I did some hating. It wasn't an obvious ...
  [16th June 2014]
Like most people, probably, I've reacted to this week's Iraq news with, "ISIS? Who?". So Martin Chulov's superb piece in the Guardian today, on who they are and how they are funded, is illuminating. Anyone who has encountered me, ever, probably knows that I ...
  [16th June 2014]
From my archives, 2012: I am sitting at my desk avoiding doing what I am supposed to be doing, and my right ovary is throbbing. I know where my right ovary is only because of this throbbing. Today my right ovary is pissed off and I ...
  [13th June 2014]
One day, when I was aboard Maersk Kendal, I told the captain that I was going to take my morning constitutional. I'm sure I'd read that word in Jane Austen or something, and to me, it meant a fresh and brisk walk. The captain looked ...
  [11th June 2014]
This year I've raised money for Seafarers UK at the London marathon, and for SCAT, at the Edinburgh Half. Thank you so much to everyone who donated anything. I'm very grateful. But it doesn't stop! Next is the Great North Run on September ...