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All Hopped Up Music and Maps: Chapter 8

This Mix accompanies Chapter 8 of All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77, “The Ballad of Washington Square Park.” It covers the...
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When I was 45…

…. It was a very good year, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra.* Perhaps it’s appropriate for someone who has spent a life largely immersed in pop music, someone who had the...
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Great British Memories (Notes from a Return Home) #5

YOU KNOW WHAT’S FUNNY? COMEDY On my last night in London this March, the only one of just six that hadn’t been planned way in advance, I wanted to do...
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What I Learned In Boston

In 2002, after completing my first Marathon, in New York, I penned a piece entitled “How Much Will It Hurt? Ten tips for the Marathon Virgin.” I then failed to...
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British Politics go American… politely

Didn’t have much company from British runners in Boston on Monday: over 150 of the 200 runners registered failed to make it to the start line, presumably because of the...
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Thank You!

Mega, heartfelt thanks to all family and friends who, using one of the umpteen methods of instant communication now available to us all, sent me best wishes before, after or...
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Boston Bound

It’s only a marathon. Seriously. I’ve completed six of them before. At this point, it should be a formality. Ah, but who am I kidding? This is the Boston Marathon,...
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Great British Memories (Notes from a return home) #4

THE BEST OF BRITISH BEER Though I was guilty of the same when I lived in the UK, it breaks my heart to go home and see everyone drinking Fosters,...
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