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Coronavirus: just a storm in a teacup?

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The British are used to hyperbole. It’s why we take things with ‘a pinch of salt’ that others might be concerned about. Our media loves a good scare story, and the latest outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, China, gave them the perfect vehicle ... More »

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The price of happiness

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You know you’re getting old when you start referring to young people as ‘The Kids Today’, it’s a slippery slope that admittedly can have some great scenery along the way, but comes to an anticlimactic end in a comfortable chair, slippers and daytime TV.... More »

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Estonian history: A chronicle of resilience

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Winter is coming, goes the now infamous catchphrase from a certain hit TV series, and this country prepares instinctively. Heating systems are fired up, tyres changed, winter clothes unpacked, hot chocolate bought in, stouts put on tap and the glogg tanks refi... More »

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Cheer up, Estonia! At least we don’t live in Stanley

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We British love a good moan. We moan about our jobs, our government, the food down the local pub, Europe, the French, the traffic and the price of bread; but above all we love nothing more than a good moan about the weather. There’s a perfectly good reason for... More »

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Why I love Estonia’s terrible customer service

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The customer service culture in the UK is something we Brits love to hate.The sickly sweet, corporate scripts that spotty teenagers spit at you from behind the glossy counters; the insincere enquiries into whether you’re enjoying that 10 quid microwaved lasagn... More »

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Brexit and the British

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If democracy were to be trusted we could say that the common man got what they wanted three months ago on June 23rd, when 52% of the UK population voted to leave the European Union. However, it throws the very notion of democracy into question when the mass me... More »

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For the love of Curry

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There are very few things in life that I can say I love. It’s an emotion reserved for the special people, special places and special things, of which there are few for us all if we’re truthful. But despite the scarcity of these things, we often find ourselves ... More »

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The calm before the storm

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I’m about to become a father again. I say ‘about to’ as we are currently waiting for her, today as I write this we are at the due date (7th July) and she’s not made an appearance so far. The mother in law is here, she speaks only Russian, I don’t speak much Ru... More »

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A lesson in responsible nationalism

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A man who lived over the road from me in the UK was branded a racist by some, and those who passed his house often remarked on him being a bit of an oddity. Maybe he exuded this trait because of his military background, his lack of higher education, or his wor... More »

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The pitfalls and potholes of driving in Estonia

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After nearly a year in Estonia I decided to buy a car. Of the sensible, family, not in the slightest bit sexy variety. I can’t name the brand, but cast your mind back to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics for a more than accurate clue. Impressed now ma... More »

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Jeremy Clarkson: A victim of the modern disease?

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Throughout history there have always been figures that have caused controversy, they have either challenged the accepted norms or fiercely held on to aging beliefs that defined them and their peers in the face of so called progress. These people have often bec... More »