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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

A Tennessee Waltz in London

Dingwall’s couldn’t be more happily named. It is seedy and dark. A little dank too since it sits atop Camden Lock so you can practically smell the canal. Which makes it the perfect venue for @TheValerieJune last night. You are up close at Dingwall’s. The stage is almost level with the audience and nothing separates … Continue reading

Taking A Walk

A short text asks the question “Do you remember…?” I don’t want to remember him, even though I do. I see his face, a face from university days. A friend of my then boyfriend, his manner introduced me to the word louche before I even knew what it meant. World-weary, cigarette hanging from lip, word … Continue reading