Stories from travels in

Random thoughts

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Had he asked us to strip naked and hop on one leg while pretending to play the accordion, most of us would have been starkers

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One of the things I struggle with most is relaxing. I find it hard to sit and do nothing. Nothing. I can sit and read.

LOOs bar in Vienna

Cocktails in Vienna

I used to collect stamps. Then I moved on to frogs. Now I collect experiences. And chief amongst them is my quest for the perfect

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As life-long fans of QPR bask in the aftermath of their Championship win yesterday and their team’s promotion to the Premier League, Réal Madrid fans

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Voltaire reckoned that originality is nothing but judicious imitation. I wondered a little at that when I looked up to see something rather odd in

Facelifts and tradition

Although Skopje’s lords and masters continue to give the city a facelift, not everyone is happy with the result. Progress takes many shapes and forms

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The ninth beatitude – blessed is she who never expects anything – was ringing in my ears as I left the opening night of Robbie

Others want what I have

It’s really easy to use, the nurse said. Just strap this to your chest. Put this up your nose. Attach this to your finger. Turn

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As I child, I gave up chocolate each Lent. I’d hoard every bar I was given as a present until Easter Sunday when I’d gorge

Trees. Death. Dying.

People in suburbia see trees differently than foresters do. They cherish every one. It is useless to speak of the probability that a certain tree

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