Tagged: People

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People on boats

My very most favourite thing about humans is the fact that we wave at one another on boats. Whether you’re on a ferry, row boat, cruise liner, container ship, yacht, barge, punt or even just standing on a pier, when another boat goes past you wave at it. And everyone...

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Leftovers

Some friends of ours concocted an elaborate scheme to get us to their place to get drunk. “Leftovers,” they said. “We have so many leftovers from our party. Come and take some home.” With trepidation, we went back to their house to pick up the food. “You may as well...

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Running for the bus in Zagreb

I went for a walk up the hill behind our apartment this morning. It was a beautiful morning, crisp, cold, clear – the colours are sort of milky when it’s like this, unless that’s just my watery eyes. Turning a corner, I saw a girl running down the street. She...

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More with Less

I just watched an interesting TED talk by Navi Radjou. It’s a great talk and he covers a lot of interesting topics, mostly focusing on how the global south is innovating in ways that the north doesn’t yet understand. He calls this ‘frugal innovation’. For example, in many parts of...

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Because this is Croatia

Last night as we were walking home from the theatre, we stopped by an old lady who appeared to be struggling to walk. “Do you think we should help her?” said C. We looked back at the woman, who was leaning against the wall, her handbag and a bag of...

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One Nice Tweet

Today I thanked someone I didn’t know for helping me to do something that I never thought I’d need. I’ve made a decision. I’m going to thank complete strangers more often. Every single day I am amazed at the generosity of people on the internet. People who make free WordPress...

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People are Rubbish

In the spirit of data collection, I’ve taken to using Bitly to see which of my links people actually clink on. And the results are, I have to say, despairing. I shared a few stories this week. One was about a woman who draws penises using her Nike running app....

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Approaches to Madrid

I’ve had my fair share of annoying travel mishaps: cancelled flights, extended delays, road & track closures, detours. Then there was that time I stood on a train for 30 hours from Nanning to Shanghai, jammed in a wagon with 300 smoking Chinese people. But none of those can deliver...

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30 Years of Sundays

When Bogdan reads the classifieds, he sucks air in loudly through his teeth. Occasionally, when he finds something interesting, he’ll make farty noises with his lips. Ana, who has sat by his side for 30 years of Sundays, carries on with her knitting as her fury rises and rises until...