ONE 2 • When Mortgages Buy the Farm

Why did Northern Rock start to crumble?
Is the credit crunch a new kind of breakfast cereal?
And who blew the financial bubble?


ONE 2 • Poetspace 2: Folliet, Calder and French Decadents

Entre Guillemets

“Euphemistically Speaking” or Are You Kidding Me?

Every jest is an earnest in the womb of time”

– George Bernard Shaw

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ONE 2 • 26.2: A Run through Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx

On November 4, 2007, still drowsy from too little sleep, we quietly gathered at Park Avenue and 32nd Street in Manhattan just before dawn. Our buses sat idling as we runners climbed on board for the first leg of what we hoped would be a spectacular 26.2-mile marathon run through the five boroughs of New York City.


ONE 2 • Horn from Beyond

Is there life after death? Only the dead can tell, and they’ve got a funny way of going about it.

Original fiction by GAVIN INGLIS.


ONE 2 • Punchlines 2

Mailer in Edinburgh • Farewell Mr. Cheam • Restless Native Poetry • Mile-high Breakup

Stormin’ Norman

There’s no way that a column called “Punch Lines” could fail to note the passing of Norman Mailer, the two-fisted tornado of American literature, who flung in the towel on 10 November at the age of eighty-four. The author of The Naked and the Dead, The Armies of the Night, The Executioner’s Song and this year’s The Castle in the Forest, he won the Pulitzer Prize twice and was also given the US National Book Award.


ONE 2 • Tasting Notes: The Feast of Steven

Deck the halls, book out my diary… I’d throw in a fa-la-la-la-la, but my corporate Christmas shindig schedule ate into Beaujolais Nouveau week this year. My bank manager loves it, but I question block booking November and December when most revellers seem perfectly happy to introduce themselves to the wine.


ONE 1 • you are here.

“What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times—and you were there.”
—Walter Cronkite


ONE 1 • Mean City to Big Apple I

Mean City to Big Apple I

Is it better to travel hopefully than to arrive?

JONATHAN PRYCE tells a tale of two cities—on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

August: Glasgow

Today the air is clear, but apprehension clouds my gaze into a rare bright blue sky. In just three weeks, I’ll begin my journey into the unknown: from Glasgow to New York City. Jersey City, to be specific. All part of the Big Apple, I suspect.


ONE 1 • Saving the Last Dance: Last FM and the End of the Music Industry

ANDREW B. SMITH tunes in, turns on and drops a bombshell.

{xtypo_quote}Will the UK’s spell the end of music radio as we know it? Some commentators think so, but the record industry aren’t happy.{/xtypo_quote}


ONE 1 • BLUE: Reflections from Ground Zero

REFLECTIONS from Ground Zero

Monday, 30 July 2007: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the sixth anniversary of 9/11 would not be held in the pit at Ground Zero, but instead at the nearby concrete Zuccotti Park.

The reason: “safety concerns”, now that construction is underway. After a public outcry from the victims’ families, threats of a lawsuit and boycott, the Mayor offered to meet with the families…

In 2005 and 2006, Geraldine Sweeney volunteered as an honor guard down in that pit. This is what she saw.



ONE 1 • Punchlines 1

Hot and cold running sonar


Not everything in the media is altered these days. Take a look at the photograph running above. Trust me, no pixels were harmed, or otherwise digitally manipulated, in the making of this picture.


ONE 1 • Tasting Notes: Vin More Thing

Regular readers of this column will recognize that its scribe places a premium on modesty, and so will be surprised to discover that I found myself marketed as an Edinburgh Fringe show throughout this last August. I can assure all such readers that they would have to multiply their own half-bottle of surprise by at least a jeroboam before they could approximate mine.


ONE 1 • Up for It: Original Fiction

Up for It

3 people. 2 sexes.

1 thing on their minds…

Fly Boy said:

Ony fliers? For roach. Cheers.

D’ye no ken the lassie? Ye must, man—she’s no exactly hard tae miss! She wis there the Saturday before last, at Luvely, wi that shower that come through fae Bathgate. read more —>

ONE 1 • When the Reverse is also True: a Conversation on Culture, Art and Literature

When the Reverse is also True: a Conversation on Culture, Art and Literature

On 21 August 2006 in Edinburgh, Martin Belk interviewed two esteemed men of letters and culture, Jim Haynes and John Calder.

On 21 August 2007, excerpts from that spry conversation opened an international web event entitled When the Reverse Is True, and I had the double privilege/honor as the international female participant of contributing by streaming live from the comfort of my New York living room, while moderator Martin Belk gathered Mr. Haynes, Mr. Calder and The Skinny editor Rupert Thomson before a live studio audience in Edinburgh to move the conversation about the future of culture, art and literature forward. read more —>