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Laurie Taylor

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  1. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: I'll never forget what's her name?

    Ed's note: Thinking Allowed is on today on Radio 4 at 4pm and repeated on Sunday. All the listening options are listed at the end of this post - PM. Whenever I ran into my old friend Anthony, he was always racing between engagements. He was sorry, very sorry, but he simply had to ru...

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  2. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: You cannot be serious!

    "Do we have to talk about football?" Theresa asked as we sat around the table at her place sipping our after-dinner coffees. "I haven't talked about football all evening', protested her husband Jeremy. "I've deliberately avoided the subject." "I know you have", said Theresa cuttingly. "I'v...

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  3. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Paranoids are after me

    Jimmy MacDonald was convinced that there was a conspiracy against him. It was led, he believed, by members of the Catholic Church who regularly got together in secret meetings and decided on new ways to punish him for the fact that his sister had got "in the family way" and deserted the church. ...

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  4. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Just another little drink

    "Same again, Laurie?" It was the best part of fifteen years since I'd last seen my old drinking mate and fellow sociologist Mick, so it would have seemed positively unfriendly to refuse his offer of another pint. But this would be our fourth in less than an hour and a half and I was only ...

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  5. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Over here, Fatty

    A woman poses in a funfair hall of mirrors, circa 1935 I have always been fascinated by the results of a social psychology experiment in which a number of people with varying self-conceptions were asked to stand in front of a range of distorting mirrors (much as one used to find at fairgr...

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  6. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Borstal Boys

    The dining hall at the Swinfen Hall borstal near Lichfield, Staffordshire, 1963. "Why do you think you're ready to go?" I asked. Even as I spoke the words I felt as though I should apologise for the absurdity of the question. Here I was in my local borstal, asking one of the inmates to pr...

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  7. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Merry humbug

    Ed's note: Thinking Allowed is on at 4pm Wednesday 21 December and is available shortly afterwards on the website and as a podcast - PM. Child and mother meeting Father Christmas My father hated Christmas and all its trimmings. He detested the infantilism it imposed upon otherwise s...

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  8. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: The Peanut Vendor in Sidcup

    Peanut picture by Steve Snodgrass under licence Tom and I were broke. We both had grants which were supposed to sustain us during our three years at drama school but too much drinking in the Station Hotel had dented our funds to such an extent that we'd been reduced to borrowing money ...

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  9. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Lock up your daughters

    Great Northern Railway - Belfast to Dublin express leaving Belfast, 1943 "And tell me, Mr Taylor, do you have a hobby?" I was ready for the question. In those days being in possession of a hobby was routinely regarded as evidence of sound character. Only those who had devoted several hun...

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  10. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: What do you think of it so far?

    Boxes for foreign commentators at the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest which was televised by the BBC from the Royal Festival Hall, London. I know I'm in for a difficult and embarrassing evening when the compère of a show kicks off the proceedings by asking the audience if they're enjoying t...

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  11. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Bring on the stripper

    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on "Top Beat", BBC2, 1964. It must have been the spring term back in 1969 when Paul had his bright idea. "You know what", he said, banging his pint down on the table in the Derwent College student bar. "We should devise a happening". Even though my gra...

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  12. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: The Kissing fields

    Whenever I took a new girl friend home for the first time I had to brace myself for my mother's embarrassing doorstep attempts at immediate intimacy. "Hello, mum", I'd say as she opened the door. "This is Cecilia". "Lovely to meet you", my mother would say. "Now, do we kiss?" I knew on...

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  13. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: Trust me I'm a theorist

    Editor's note: This week's episode of Thinking Allowed is available as a download on the Thinking Allowed podcast page or you can listen online on the programme page. It's also repeated this Sunday night shortly after midnight on Radio 4 - PM. Installation in the Federal art and exhibition ...

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  14. The Thinking Allowed Newsletter: High rise and low morals

    Ed's note: The Thinking Allowed newsletter gets sent out on Wednesday mornings and while its primary purpose may be alerting listeners to the contents of that afternoon's programme it's always a great read in its own right. In the newsletter this week Laurie Taylor paid tribute to his friend and...

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  15. Thinking Allowed Newsletter: 'Do you promise not to tell?'

    It's a perfectly ordinary looking box file, with the perfectly innocuous title 'Letters'. But it's not stacked alongside the other box files in my study - the ones labelled 'Tax' and 'VAT', 'Personal Documents', and 'Miscellaneous'. Instead, it has been neatly fitted into the space between the t...

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  16. The Thinking Allowed newsletter: We're all Labour here

    Editor's note: This episode of Thinking Allowed is available to download or listen to online on the Thinking Allowed podcast page. More listening options at the end of the post - PM. Even though my dad had to undergo 'instruction' by a priest before he was allowed to marry my Catholic mother ...

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  17. Thinking Allowed: What I found in my pocket

    Editor's note: You can listen to this epsiode of Thinking Allowed now on the website. The Thinking Allowed team are also making a series of specials on the present and the future of our home life and are looking for your help. Details towards the end of the post - PM. Nowadays I haven't any ...

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  18. Thinking Allowed: Dirt

    Editor's note: This episode of Thinking Allowed is now available to listen to on the Radio 4 website - PM. 'Nice to see you in the flesh' said the man in front of me in the Wellcome Collection buffet queue. 'Oh well, it's nice to be here', I said hoping to stave off the usual remarks which...

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