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Hello again

It’s been far too long since I wrote anything here and I apologise to anyone who might have been wondering what I’ve been up to in the past year and a half. Briefly, like that of most people, my life … Continue reading

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Two weeks in Budapest

We’re staying in a very attractive top-floor flat just off Andrassy ut, between Heroes Square and the House of Terror. Andrassy ut is what’s known as a good address, with its cluster of designer outlets at one end, the Opera … Continue reading

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A few days in Prague

The woods around Prague are in full autumn splendour right now, the whole range of colours from rose madder to white-gold. The taxi whips us past them; when the tree-cover breaks, we catch glimpses of the city in the distance, … Continue reading

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Charlottenburg, Berlin

Our last full day in Berlin we decide to shop. All we’ve bought here so far, apart from food and drink, is a box of tea lights, a signed calendar from a painter called Andrea Sroke with a stall in … Continue reading

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Schöneberg, Berlin

Our pocket-sized Lonely Planet guide book says Schöneberg is Berlin’s gay village so we take the S-Bahn from Alexanderplatz and head out there, leaving the train at Nollendorfplatz. This puts us in the middle of the itinerary suggested by the … Continue reading

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Common sense: Impressions of South Africa

The visit begins with snow in Johannesburg. It’s the first time, they tell us, in thirty years, and people are gathering outside the African craft market near Rosebank shopping mall to watch it fall. We’ve come from temperatures in Italy … Continue reading

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A field near Derby at 7 am

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It happens so rarely, I feel I ought to share it with you. Earlier today, I travelled from Rome to Birmingham (which isn’t the part that’s rare, so keep reading) and the journey went smoothly. Not relatively smoothly. Smooth in … Continue reading

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