Simon Doubleday

Diary

October 22, 2016

Chronicle of a Debate (Crónica de un debate)

My three-part coverage of the US presidential election debate at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY), in late September 2016, is now available in English (Parts I, II, and III); or in Spanish (I, II, III).

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August 16, 2016

Beyond a Joke?

From Alfonso the Wise's bawdy songs of slander to Ronald Reagan's sunny smile, politics and humor have gone hand-in-hand for centuries.

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July 21, 2016

Yes we can–and we must

The meltdown of the British political system in the wake of the June referendum offers an opportunity, unprecedented in our lifetimes, for political creativity.

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July 18, 2016

How to escape from jail

On a whim, during a recent visit to Foyles in London, I picked up an enticing volume—Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography (Elliot and Thompson, 2015).

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July 3, 2016

The Island

‘We have been an island for hundreds of years” – commentator on BBC news, June 2016.

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July 2, 2016

Sicily / London: thinking about violence and empire  

Earlier this week, I walked through the heart of post-Brexit, pro-Remain, cosmopolitan London to the Sicily: culture and conquest exhibit at the British Museum.

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November 18, 2015

Kilpeck

The man in the poetry bookshop told us: “Kilpeck is so difficult to find, they missed it when they were writing Domesday Book”.

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November 18, 2015

Lincoln

For a child born in Spain, and raised in Córdoba and Seville, the court of King Edward I of England must have seemed insufferably cold.

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November 18, 2015

Noia

It is August, but the road ahead is covered with mist and rain; we are driving to Noia, on the coast of Galicia.

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December 13, 2015

Drones over Medina Azahara

The first, breezy episode of Simon Sebag Montefiore's BBC4 series "Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain" brings medieval Spain center stage.

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