the state of things
My Own Private Upstate New York
by Douglas Lindsay - 14:01 on 25 April 2012
This Blasted Life is back. The previous entry implied that it was being cut by the Coalition government. You might be wondering if there's been a U-turn, forced on the Conservatives by a revolt of Liberal Democrat MPs. Well, yep, that was it.
This week, my trip to upstate New York in 1988.
A jogger came by. Given the long-way-from-home-and-nowhere-to-stay desperation of my situation, I forced myself to speak to her. She looked astonished that I was wandering the back streets of Plattsburgh on a Saturday evening, and gave me a lecture. ‘This isn’t Europe, you know,’ she said, ‘it’s not safe.’ Given that Europe has seen its fair share of brutality, murder, genocide, rape, death and war over the years, this seemed a quaintly innocent American view of the old continent.
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