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Volume 39 Number 7
30 March 2017

LRB blog 21 March 2017

Rod Mengham
Forever Not England

20 March 2017

Alex Abramovich
Chuck Berry

17 March 2017

Kathleen McCaul Moura
Selling São Paulo


16 March 2017

George Letsas
Brexit and the Constitution

22 January 2015

Owen Bennett-Jones
Go-Betweens in Northern Ireland

5 May 2005

Nick Laird
A Week in Mid-Ulster

In the next issue, which will be dated 20 April, James Meek reports from Poland.

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Iain Sinclair

The Last London

Lastness reverberates. That impulse towards wiping the slate clean and starting over. ‘London was, but is no more.’ John Evelyn writing, after the Great Fire, with such relish in his plain statement of fact. ‘London was, but is no more.’ It reminds me of hearing Ian Holloway, the manager of Queen’s Park Rangers, on the radio. He’s got a nice West Country burr, very soothing for his employers. He was talking about his club’s horrible run of form when he said, with disarming optimism, ‘I think we’re right on the crest of a slump.’ And that’s where the current last London seems to be: riding the crest of a slump. That madness of quitting Europe, burning our bridges, starving hospitals of funds, is part of a suicide-note delirium. When the worst is coming straight at you at a thousand miles a minute, embrace it. More

Daniel Soar

The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built

The beauty of the Joint Strike Fighter project is that everyone can bring something to the party. In a Lancashire workshop, for instance, BAE Systems is building a section of the aft fuselage, including the tail, for every F-35; along with other contributions from all over the world, these pieces are then shipped to Texas for final assembly. This means that every F-35 sale is a boost to the coffers of Britain’s own largest arms company. (BAE has also been allowed to do the foldy bits at the end of the wings.) And the opportunities are everywhere. There are aluminium sheets from Milton Keynes, electronic modules from Billingstad, circuit boards from Ankara, hydraulics from Melbourne, wiring systems from Rotterdam, manifolds from Adelaide, wing parts from Turin and actuators from New York. More

Sheila Fitzpatrick

The Russian Revolution

Historians’ judgments, however much we hope the opposite, reflect the present; and much of this apologetic and deprecatory downgrading of the Russian Revolution simply reflects the – short term? – impact of the Soviet collapse on its status. By 2117, who knows what people will think? More

Susan McKay

The Irish Border

A friend who lives in the North and works in an EU-funded community centre in the South said she fears the return of the border to the minds of the people. The old questions. Who are you? Where are you from? Do you have any identification? What is the purpose of your journey? More

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At the Grey Gallery
J. Hoberman

Churchill’s Faces
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