Category Archives: Europe

Delirious Venezia.

Thirty-one years, all of which in possess of a passport marked “Repubblica Italiana”, and I had never been to Venezia. I visited Hanoi, Dušanbe and Charlotte, North Carolina, but never made it to the city at the end of the Veneto … Continue reading

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The years of commuting dangerously. Excerpts of life in Transport for London’s hands.

Like everyone else, I use social media to share utter gibberish (think penguins slapping each other, Russian drivers’ antics, Economist articles) and moan. My social media of choice is Facebook and the primary objective of my tirades, the exclusive subjective … Continue reading

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Wine, London and fireworks.

A few years ago I tried, together with some friends, to head downtown to see the fireworks. In a word, it was awful. Pissing with rain, the centre was a mess of angry people, mounted police who’d clearly lost their … Continue reading

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Licensed to Ill: driving your teenage roads, twelve years on.

Unlike many of my peers, I wasn’t given a car as a birthday present when I turned 18. Publicly I was saying I didn’t want it but I knew it was a case of fox and grapes with a numberplate, … Continue reading

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Slow dawn

I’m normally up at 5.30, 6.30 on weekends. Yes, that’s sad. A few months ago I could get up, dressed, fed and caffeinated in the dazzling light of the sun, already high over the city. Then July gave way to … Continue reading

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The view from my window.

I’m not one for bragging, but after years living in a basement, or a ground floor flat, it’s nice to be afforded some views, especially when it’s Friday evening, work is 48 hours away, you have a personal treasure of … Continue reading

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Modern art

I don’t often go to modern art fairs, mainly because I don’t get it at all, and I have a tendency to express scorn and not-so-educated scathing comments  out loud when everyone else is silent (it’s a family gift, Dad … Continue reading

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Five years after.

Training for a trekking in the Tian Shan doesn’t come easily in London. It’s flat and almost wholly urban, something, I am told, that is at odd with walking for days through woods, moraines, rock fields and the occasional glacier. … Continue reading

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An amalgamation of pleasant experiences.

The Caucasus is one of the handsomest places I’ve been to. Everything coagulated in an extremely pleasant amalgamation in mind, something I’m eager to share. There isn’t the tiniest bit of logic in this collage of photos; call, if you may, … Continue reading

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Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?

The service on the Azerbaijan Airlines flight was appalling. Having been treated to an atrocious pre-flight video, an attendant who clearly desired to be everywhere but there started thrashing around cups of weak coffee and tried, indolently, to sell stale … Continue reading

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