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Gambling, thieving and pornography

By Paul Broks   March 2004

The package arrives by special delivery. It contains a video marked with the name of a private detective agency. Watching this stuff always makes me feel a little grubby, but they pay me well.

Opening shot: semi-detached house with a Vauxhall in the drive. Mr B steps out. Is it really Mr B? I pause the tape for a closer look. It is. “Puts something in bin,” I note. “Waves to neighbour. Gets into car. Drives off.” We follow down dreary streets: traffic lights; a parade of shops; more traffic lights. He parks the car. Where are we? It’s a…

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