Category Archives: Prose

The orphans of Romania who are building new lives underground

A story I wrote and that ran in Huck Magazine, a subculture bi-monthly. I knew about the children of the tunnels, but was just one of the passers-by. Huck readers and I now look at them through the eyes of … Continue reading

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Tech Strings

“Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?” – Joseph Heller, Catch 22, 1961   Pando.com is the San Francisco-based website that first covered the Silicon Valley wage-fixing cartel and most harshly scrutinised Pierre Omidyar’s motives for putting $250 million into his … Continue reading

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From The Guardian: Ikea funds went to Romanian secret police in communist era

Secret police files reveal six-figure payments to Ceausescu’s henchmen, as retailer denies knowingly paying Securitate. by the Deviant’s Matei Rosca in Bucharest  

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This is Iulian Nanu’s world and we are all just living in it

Editor’s memo   Such as it is, here’s the inevitable first guest post on this site.   Tired with office routine and disillusioned by the rat race of corporate Britain, a friend of the Deviant decided one year ago to … Continue reading

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GUSH Cosmetics Au Naturel

From between the Deviant’s sofa cushions! Eco-friendlier-than-thou multinational cosmetics corporation’s North America boss had ties with tar sands oil extraction and strip-mining industries. Soap tycoon Mark ‘Castevet’ Constantine of LUSH Cosmetics talks to the Deviant on the phone – shocking … Continue reading

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Letter from Chișinău

Cutting from Private Eye 1353 (NOV2013): back then I wrote the readers of Britain’s finest news and current affairs magazine a letter from Chisinau. At the time I didn’t know that Russia was about to go to war with Ukraine … Continue reading

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