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Wednesday, October 27 2004

The Return of the Lotus Eaters

The UK's disparaged 'Lotus Eaters' are leaving town in droves, for good. Everyone, it seems, would rather be somewhere else.


Wednesday, September 22 2004

Much Nicer in Nice

The rich may have their opulent holiday spots, such as Monte Carlo, but it is the emerging class of the café society; younger, multicultural and trendy, that truly knows how to have fun in the cosmopolitan cities of the world.


Thursday, August 12 2004

Bogeyman Abroad

These days, to be a European is to be constantly aware of US foreign policy. The subject is impossible to avoid, and has became so volatile that discussion of the matter has joined politics and religion as something to be steered clear of in polite conversation.


Wednesday, June 16 2004

Elegy For the Unheroes

Fowler laments the decline of English film and its stories of plucky losers and anti-heroes, its self-effacing comedies, and its dramas that ran against the grain of epic, elegiac heroism.


Chucking Out the Chintz

In European cities, renovating and retrofitting old spaces brings new life -- and light -- to old buildings. Fowler's office in Soho is a former pyjama workshop, while friends live in converted toothpaste, false teeth and ice cream factories, complete with fireplaces, chimneypots and airy rooms.


Wednesday, May 19 2004

Cannes Heat

Everyone has horror stories about Cannes during the Film Festival: the audacious thievery, the staggering cost of a salad, the rubbernecking crowds, the sheer effrontery of hotel staff -- not to mention you run the risk of being headlocked by a doorman.


Wednesday, April 21 2004

Walls of Sound

It seems the Atlantic causes distortion in the sound waves flowing between the continents. Musically speaking, America and Europe are just not hearing each other very clearly.


Wednesday, March 31 2004

Another Brick in the Wall

Culture clash is a healthy thing. 'Consider a vacation in a potential war zone,' writes Fowler, 'you'll be helping the local economy and we'll be glad to see you.'


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