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Can I have a cup of hot coffee, please?

It’s the new law of coffee physics and you don’t have to be Stephen Hawking to understand it. The basic principle is simple if not bizarre: the rise in the number of coffee shops is in inverse proportion to the temperate of the hot beverages served in these establishments. In other words, …

City of Culture: poetic justice for Hull

Two months after I moved to Hull, Philip Larkin died. Larkin, librarian of the university I had just joined, was laid to rest in the local municipal cemetery The poet was many things to many people, but to me he was a consolation. Hull, you see, was the only university …