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The way we were

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

Arriving at university

1805 Lord Byron arrived at Trinity College, Cambridge. He wrote to his half-sister Augusta:

“As might be supposed I like a College Life extremely, especially as I have escaped the Trammels or rather Fetters of my domestic Tyrant, Mrs Byron [his mother], who continued to plague me during my visit in July and September. I am now most pleasantly situated in Superexcellent Rooms, flanked on one side by my Tutor, and on the other by an old Fellow, both of whom are rather checks on my vivacity. I am allowed 500 a year, a Servant and a Horse, so feel as independent as a German Prince who coins his own Cash, or a Cherokee Chief who coins no cash at all, but enjoys what is more precious, Liberty.”

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In Prospect's September issue: Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords, Israeli politician and former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg and journalist Donald Macintyre explore how the idea of a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict has diminished, with Burg arguing that a one-state solution is the only way forward. Jane Martinson visited the offices of the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper—Metro—to find out how it has risen to the top. Adam Tooze charts the ups and downs of the euro and argues that decisions made by the ECB have hampered the currency during its first 20 years in existence. Elsewhere in the issue: Michael Blastland suggests that early diagnosis isn’t all it’s made out to be and that many people have endured unnecessary suffering in an attempt to live longer. Wendy Ide examines the life and work of director David Lynch as she reviews his new memoir, which offers a glimpse behind the curtain.