Category: Life

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Not the other thing

There is a woman running up the street towards the hospital. I stick my head out the window, into the cool spring night, and watch her as she runs in her jeans, and jumper, and low-heeled boots, clutching her bag to her side so it doesn’t bang. The sky at...

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A murmuration

Diving through it all was the unfamiliar sight of thousands and thousands of birds, a murumuration of starlings trying to find a place to settle in for the night.

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Podcast Review: Ear Hustle

I’ve been listening to podcasts ever since I lived in China. For those of you keeping score, that’s a long time ago. I can’t even remember how I discovered them, but I know that among the first podcasts I listened to was one on learning Chinese and another on English...

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English cuisine

We’ve just returned from a week in the UK, specifically England, and mostly we ate our faces off. I know that most people don’t immediately think – ah, yes, excellent food! – when heading to England, but there you go. That’s why we go. For the food. Not English food,...

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Toilet review: Raffles, Singapore

Well, it’s been a damn long time since I’ve done a toilet review, but here’s a good one for you. The oh so fancy Raffles Hotel, Singapore, famous for the Singapore Sling and peanut-filled floors. But of course, we don’t care about that sort of thing around here. We only...

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A sparrow’s feast

The sparrows on the roof of the garage are eating the apples that have fallen there from the tree next door. A little feast of fruit, looking like it has spilled from a basket, tumbled from some baka‘s wheely trolley as she struggles up the hill, some dedo‘s donkey as...

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Printing pleasures

There’s lots of things to love about living in a country like Croatia. And one of my favourite things is printing. Yes, printing. No one likes to own a printer. They’re expensive and they die after about 45 minutes, and the cartridges never really work, and they are just in...

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Desert Island Discs

Okay, I know I’m a late comer to this, but boy am I enjoying Desert Island Discs. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a radio program that has been running on the BBC since 1942. In each episode, a (famous) person chooses eight tracks that they would take...