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Stories from travels in

Latvia

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Maggie and Milly and Molly and May? Remember those girls? From the E.E. Cummings poem? Maggie and Milly and Molly and May went down to

Light relief?

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of

Shopping, anyone?

Tell me that  it’s not a place for tourists and I’ll move it to the top of my list. Tell me it might be dangerous,

The Cats of Riga

Me: Why is there a  cat on everything? Random local: I don’t know. Me: Why is the cat the symbol of Riga? Tourist Information Office

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A good friend of mine once told me that he envied me my faith. Another, a confirmed ‘dirt man’, thought that it must make life

Point Percy at the porcelain

Notable by its presence I was in Riga, Latvia, last week and it was quite the experience. I know now a lot more about the

Be still my beating heart

There’s a lot in what we choose to call a place. Names come with reputations. I know. I did my first MA in Oxford Brookes

Moving city

It’s been a long time since I’ve visited a city I thought I might live in. No matter how fleeting the thought, it was there.

The door to hell

I was under the impression that the KGB had disbanded in 1991 – but apparently, it, or a version by the same name, is still

Sublimimal messages

As I was reading Henning Mankell’s The dogs of Riga in January, I never guessed for a minute that I would end up in the

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