Category Archives: cool places

A guide to the coffee shops of Evanston

Evanston is a rubbish place to get a drink.  The only nice bar is the Celtic Knot, and that’s an Irish pub, which seems a bit wrong for the would-be embracer of the American experience.  This seems to be a … Continue reading

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Having coffee with my laptop

How’s this for a bit of irrational behaviour.  This morning, I was struggling to keep my focus on something I was trying to write. Constantly breaking off to check Facebook or find a snack or a drink. My solution? Go … Continue reading

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The cult of curly hair

Haircuts are horrible, horrible things.  I’ve never actually seen the film Georgy Girl, but the opening sequence where Lynn Redgrave runs down the street to wash out her new hairdo says it all. Hair is so tied up with your … Continue reading

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Cool places in Chicago, no. 2: Uncommon Ground

I’ve gone on before (ad nauseam, you might be muttering) about local, ethically produced food: now here is another big hit to put alongside the farmers’ market.  Uncommon Ground is not just totally environmentally sound, it serves some of the … Continue reading

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Cool places in Chicago, no. 1: The Music Box

This may well be the best cinema I have ever been to. There are rivals.  Preston Odeon, now closed, has a special place in my heart as the cinema  where I saw ET one Christmas and cried all the way home.  The … Continue reading

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