Category Archives: life

Meeting Meeta

  I expected it to be steamy and hot, deafening with the shouting of orders, the clang of metal spoons against cooking pots and the incessant pounding of pestle against mortar. What I found instead was a haven of calm … Continue reading

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Loving and leaving

Suddenly the days have become sunnier and the trees more glossy. The food has become more addictive and the cheap massages and pedicures more tempting. I’m sure you can guess why… it’s because we know we are leaving. Partir c’est … Continue reading

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That’s Malaysia!

It was ‘one of those weeks’. The kind that would have driven me to distraction had it not taken place in a laid back country where things go wrong, people break rules and old hands simply shrug and smile, saying, ‘that’s … Continue reading

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Who’s ein Berliner?

One of the disadvantages of choosing a lifestyle that forces your children to ‘grow up global’ is that there is every chance they will end up living in a different country from you. One of the advantages of choosing a … Continue reading

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The art of sitting

I’ve never been much good at doing nothing but I know it’s good for me. Nevertheless, the older I’ve got, and the wiser (!), the more I recognise the value of mindfulness. But it’s harder than ever these days since … Continue reading

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The trouble with the tropics

I suggest men and the faint-hearted now look away… When we first arrived in Malaysia I’d look at the number of umbrellas that the Asian women used here when it wasn’t raining and hurrumph. How vain were they to protect … Continue reading

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Blue for the EU

June 25th 2016 It was a blue day yesterday. With Sam living in Berlin and desperately wanting Britain to stay in the EU and the majority of bones in my body agreeing with him, I spent the final minutes of … Continue reading

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Wanting to POP

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Unbelievably, we are now officially half way through our time in Kuala Lumpur. That’s right. We have been here two years already. The tenancy agreement on our apartment was for … Continue reading

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The Expat Summer Shuffle

It’s been a funny kind of summer. To kick-off my six weeks back ‘home’ in England I played that well known expat game of musical beds. 30 days meant I stayed with 16 different sets of people in 10 different … Continue reading

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Falling in love again

No one could have been more surprised than I was. I mean, I had known almost 40 years ago how much it mattered to me and how, apart from being on a stage, it was the only thing I wanted … Continue reading

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