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Bundled up in Beijing

It’s not that we hadn’t expected it to be cold in Beijing. We’d read the long-range forecast and knew to expect temperatures of 1-12oC. The day before we left we realized we couldn’t find any of our warm clothes despite … Continue reading

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Just like Yorkshire

Maybe I’m just jaded after two months of unrelenting haze in Kuala Lumpur that has burned my throat and prevented me from breathing deeply? Maybe I’m just tired after moving house and having a handful of minor illnesses playing Sardines … Continue reading

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Meeting the Penang Poet

A few weeks ago I was in Penang again. I love the place. I love the way the Chinese shophouses are  works of art and how the murals blend in with the trees that grow among the ruins and the … 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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Bangkok eatathon

  It was a frightening 27 years ago that Ian and I last visited Bangkok. But when our great friend, Mary, said she’d be in the city for a conference and wondered whether we’d like to join her there the … 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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Would I have preferred a poached egg?

The fabulous playwright and actor, Alan Bennett, is famously known for shunning after show parties and other such events, saying in his Yorkshire accent, “I’d rather go home and have a poached egg.” Now, I don’t want to sound ungrateful … Continue reading

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Being a tourist in my own city

You can’t expect to settle-in in a new location if you don’t do the things tourists do. With four years here, and already being a third of the way through, I am acutely aware that we simply cannot put off … Continue reading

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Will this wind be so mighty?

It was our second (and final) full day on Lombok and Ian wanted to go diving on the Gili islands. We’d been really enjoying our boutique hotel and its quiet intimacy and I was torn whether to go too or … Continue reading

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Three nights in Lombok

Our third trip to Indonesia in a little over a year and I think we’re beginning to get attached. I’ve always loved a man in a sarong but I don’t think that’s the main reason for this burgeoning fondness. However, … Continue reading

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