Ricardo Blanco's Blog

Journal of the Plague Year (ii)

  Continuing with my journal entries over the first three months of COVID-19, here are two entries for the month of April. During this period the roads around the city were gloriously silent, and many more birds appeared… Read More

Damnable Brexit

  “This may be the last stage of imperialism – having appropriated everything else from its colonies, the dead empire appropriates the pain of those it has oppressed.” Fintan O’Toole, Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain Ricardo… Read More

George Smiley’s anti-Brexit tirade

Listening to the audiobook of John Le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies as I drive home from work, I am startled by an extraordinary passage in which George Smiley is reflecting with his protégé Peter Guillam on their past as… Read More