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From Alan Turing to Clive Sinclair, a Cambridge computing tour

The Register has published my walking tour of Cambridge’s computing history from Alan Turing (King’s College) to Clive Sinclair (6a King’s Parade, just across the street). On the way, it takes in Porgy the bear, EDSAC, Acorn, Elite, Robert Maxwell … Continue reading

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Picturing the Ends of Britain: photos for Beacon

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One nice thing about Beacon is that every article has to have a header image. So in writing the Ends of Britain series, I increasingly take photos when I visit somewhere. A selection of header photos appears above; there are … Continue reading

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Britain’s CCTV cities: we need a clearer view

The UK uses surveillance cameras like a comfort blanket, with some care homes for the elderly planning to install them in bedrooms. Rather than arguing about security versus privacy, we should be more discriminating. Originally published on Beacon.

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Spain’s nationalised heritage paradores: unlikely in Britain, sadly

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If you were looking for parts of the economy to nationalise, luxury hotels would probably be low on most people’s lists – and for the last three decades, British governments have mainly privatised, not nationalised, with most of Royal Mail … Continue reading

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Art galleries in northern France: La Piscine Roubaix beats Louvre Lens

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The north of France is a lot like the north of England. It’s a bit colder, metropolitan types think it has funny accents and food and it has suffered from a decline in industry, particularly mining. Lille should get itself … Continue reading

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