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Oct 31
Black Mould Ceiling
Developed from a writing exercise
Like all mould, it started, unremarkably, in the bathroom. Inevitably, I shot my landlord an email about it. Inevitably, he only responded on the sixth or seventh request and sent his unqualified brother to paint over the moult, at my expense, naturally.
The mould came back, of course, and I…
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Oct 31
Beams of a Wooden Star
Image credit to NASA/JPL
The air stank thick with anise, as if a medicine cabinet had been set ablaze. Stirring from a dreamless sleep, queasy at the first breath of the day, a pulse fat like a finger throbbed through Alex Chu’s head. Hazy and hot, mouth dry and a growl in her stomach…
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Mar 26
Much Ado About By-Elections, Part 7 (Final)
Originally published in The National Guardian March 30th 2003 by Tabitha Rust.
7. Berwick-upon-Border: 7th July 2001
When MP and Father of the House Jim Callaghan contracted pneumonia during the first bitter winter of the new millennium, there was some ghoulish speculation that the first by-election of the 2000 Parliament…
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Mar 19
Much Ado About By-Elections, Part 6
Originally published in The National Guardian March 30th 2003 by Tabitha Rust.
6. Liverpool Docklands: 28th October 1993
In the last decade of the old millennium, Liverpool was a city on the edge of forever. Ravaged by 30 years of misgovernment, by the collapse of the post-war consensus, by experimentation…
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Mar 12
Much Ado About By-Elections, Part 5
Originally published in The National Guardian March 30th 2003 by Tabitha Rust.
5. Wednesbury: 12th September 1985
Often described as the most shameful by-election fought in England, the Wednesbury by-election remains the high-water mark of the post-war far-right.
Held following the death of long time MP and former Home Secretary…
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Mar 5
Much Ado About By-Elections, Part 4
Originally published in The National Guardian March 30th 2003 by Tabitha Rust.
4. South West London (European Congress): 7th June 1979
The Congress of the European Economic Commonwealth was, and in all fairness remains, something of the redheaded step-child in terms of electorate interest. Formed in a wine soaked haze…
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Feb 26
Much Ado About By-Elections, Part 3
Originally published in The National Guardian March 30th 2003 by Tabitha Rust.
3. Huddersfield East: 27th April 1972
With the loss of Oxford to a Communist, Goodwin’s Government would have done well to ensure that it didn’t have to fight- or rather lose- any more by-elections. But by late-1971, the…
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Feb 19
Much Ado About By-Elections, Part 2
Originally published in The National Guardian March 30th 2003 by Tabitha Rust.
2. Oxford: 18th June 1970
1970 was always going to be a tough year for Labour. It had been twenty six years since the party had come to power; three years since Reginald Goodwin had assumed the Premiership…
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Feb 12
Much Ado About By-Elections, Part 1
Originally published in The National Guardian March 30th 2003 by Tabitha Rust.
​In the small hours of Monday morning, over a pot of black tar and guac on toast, my incongruous friend Leon Scully called to inquire if The Guardian would be profiling the by-election that had just taken place…
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