On Expatriotism

The weird thing about living in Britain is that most of the time it’s not very weird. On the whole, everything works basically the same way as I expect it to: I don’t get run over if I look right before looking left, alcohol’s still legal, and nobody would shoot me if I had political…

Roaming in Rome

(Nobody’s ever thought of that pun before) Since the 1600s, Oxford students with more money than sense have been disappearing off to the Continent for Grand Tours – pleasure trips, disguised as education.┬áThese last few weeks I’ve been extraordinarily busy preparing work-in-progress seminars, studying languages, or whatever it is that I claim that I do,…