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Around and inside the tube stations in London sit dejected figures in sleeping bags with signs – ‘Homeless and Hungry. Please Help’. Some people come up to you and ask for your loose change. They are invariably polite, and if you oblige, they say ‘God Bless You’. Such encounters are awkward, guilt, shame and embarrassment vying with sympathy and fellow-feeling to determine whether one will avert one’s eyes, or give some money.

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