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A Love Supreme

I don’t embrace many British traditions with gusto. The fish in the great culinary emblem of fish and chips is such an overwhelming disappointment of unseasoned whitefish deepfried in equally tasteless batter that even innocent and hard to ruin chips become guilty by association. And yes, I understand complaining about the weather as a mature … Continue reading

Message In A Coconut

I get a fruit and vegetable delivery. Fortnightly every Friday morning I open the door to my apartment and my branded carton box is waiting. And if I haven’t checked the provider’s emailed advisory (and I never do) I will be surprised by the odd content. Beyond the peaches and apples, I might get gooseberries … Continue reading

How To Post A Card in Parma -Five Easy Steps

Step 1. Do not go to the post office. Even if that seems to make sense. Don’t sit on a chair with your list of countries and number of stamps required written down to avoid confusion ( not because you don’t trust your two term Beginner’s Italian), clutching your ticket and waiting for your number … Continue reading

Let Me Show You The Way To Van Gogh

Sometimes I forget the joy of a new experience. Almost ten years on from my first sighting of the Louvre which had me in tears I am a bit jaded. Not because I have seen all there is to see in the world but because I now know that it is possible for me to … Continue reading

Paris: The B Side

I never tire of this city. Each time is like the first time. Every time the train pulls into Gare du Nord, I feel my stomach do light flip flops in echoes of the heavier ones they did eight years ago when I got off that Eurolines bus from Leuven. And each time I drop … Continue reading

Mad Softly

Back home they used to say “People from England Mad” Mad like wearing sweaters in the heat And let’s face it, the shoes The shoes they wore on their feet Were just weird?   Back home they said “Mary Jane was mad” Mad like having another one again One after the other Like a runaway … Continue reading

Emoting in R & B

There is a song for every thought, every sentiment, every feeling. Of this I am absolutely convinced. I am not unique in that view. So is my friend Philip and so we found last night is Colman Domingo. Who is Colman Domingo you ask? Only a one man tour-de-force that swept North London up in … Continue reading

New House Same Rules

Eight months shy of my fifth year in London, four years into my tenancy or as I call it my Clapham Common residency my landlady gives me notice. To quit, to leave, to vacate her premises pursuant to the clause in our tenancy agreement to which I never even paid attention when I signed. I … Continue reading

For the Walters Family: Fifteen Years Away From Ordinary

The morning of June 30, 1998 was an ordinary one. We woke up; two uncles, my father and I. He made porridge. We ate. Laughed as we did each morning about the Richter shattering capacity of one uncle’s snores. They left to different destinations and I headed into the office. The office was only 25 … Continue reading

Looking For A Lifestyle-NYC ’13

I have a friend who never ceases to remind me of one of the more memorable lines delivered by Sarah Jessica Parker as whiny, husband stealing Shelley in The First Wives Club “Morty, all I want is a lifestyle, some ambiance and classic eternal good taste!” It came back to me more than a few … Continue reading