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Mark Zuckerberg
Sunday, November 02, 2008
02/11/2008
2008
Category: Famous or Interesting People

I was told not to expect a human whirlwind, but when Mark Zuckerberg walks into the room there is barely a breeze. He is 24, on the short side, shy in the way that short, ginger-haired people often are, and he walks with his head down, as if he is carrying a heavy burden, such as being the richest young person in the world.

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The Portman Clinic
Saturday, November 01, 2008
01/11/2008
2008
Category: Science, Health and Saving Things

Seventy-five years ago, a middle-aged woman walked into a London clinic to receive help with her violent temper. She'd attacked her employer and was judged to be worthy of psychological examination. There are a few more things known about her case, but the details are less significant than the fact that she was the first recorded appointment at the new clinical wing of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency.

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Our Disappearing Bees
Thursday, May 01, 2008
01/05/2008
2008
Category: Science, Health and Saving Things

Beekeeping, once the lazy hobby of men and women in summer hats, has become the preserve of entomologists, epidemiologists, propagandists and technical specialists. It has also become an occupation for the not badly off, particularly if one is in the market for the WBC Starter Kit. The WBC - a traditional, double-walled hive with a sloping roof, which makes it safe from bad weather and woodpeckers - has been hard to beat for more than a century, each one coming as it does in cedar, with one lift that has a porch, two lifts with a roof, a brood chamber with 10 frames, a steel queen excluder, a 'super' with 10 frames and a crown board. The £500 kit also includes a bee suit, gloves, a stainless-steel smoker, smoker string, a stainless steel hive tool, four pints of rapid feeder and the Guide to Bees and Honey by Ted Hooper.

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Anne Frank's Beau
Friday, February 01, 2008
01/02/2008
2008
Category: Famous or Interesting People

On Friday 7 January 1944, Anne Frank confessed her love for a boy she had been smitten with for years. She had first set eyes upon him in school in 1940, and they had been 'inseparable' for a whole summer, walking hand in hand through their neighbourhood in Amsterdam, him in a white cotton suit, her in a short summer dress. He was 'tall, slim and good-looking, with a serious, quiet and intelligent face'. He had dark hair, brown eyes, a slightly pointed nose. Anne was 'crazy about his smile', which gave him a mischievous air. At one point he gave her a pendant as a keepsake. This was the boy she hoped to marry.

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Granta at 100
Saturday, December 01, 2007
01/12/2007
2007
Category: Vegas and other Lands

A few minutes after lunching with Ian Jack, who departed as editor of Granta earlier this year after 12 years and 48 issues, I dropped into Quinto, the second-hand bookshop on Charing Cross Road. Granta was about to celebrate its 100th edition, and I wanted some early copies - those classic ones with writing by Richard Ford, John Berger, Martin Amis and Angela Carter. The man at the counter wasn't impressed. 'What's Granta?'

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Events

Simon Garfield will be speaking about To The Letter at the following venues
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5 October
Wigtown Book Festival
(also speaking about On The Map the following day)

14 October
5X15 London

23 October
Waterstones Piccadilly (Public book launch with Shaun Usher and Letters of Note)

29 October
Bristol Festival of Ideas (With Shaun Usher)

3 November
Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival

18 November
Toppings Bookshop, Bath (with Shaun Usher)

28 November
The School of Life, London

6 December
TEDx London (on the Future of Cities)
Details to follow

12 December
Summerhall, Edinburgh
Details to follow