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loose connections

One evening shortly before Thanksgiving 2012 a good friend and I whiled away half an evening in a bookshop in San Francisco. Having been in the states for about a month, I had realised that with the exception of required reading at school, I wasn’t well versed in modern American literature. My year in the[…]

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Carolina Revisited

The things you read on the internet are not always false, like the meme that states… At the end of May two of my Durham friends got hitched (to each other), giving us the perfect excuse to travel back to the city and see my friends and former colleagues. Although the US and back in[…]

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Can you speak my dog’s language?

At a conference this week a colleague claimed that a rescued Alsation / goldie cross of theirs (now sadly departed) knew over 40 commands and that they had taken to teaching her variations of the commands in Spanish, German and Gaelic. As a curious Friday musing I thought I’d collate all the commands / words[…]

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Perspective

I’d be lying if I said that the turn of this year hasn’t been marked by a lingering disappointment that for now and the forseeable future I will not be make a living from research and teaching. Although I am happy with my current job and have spent my career weaving between commercial, charitable sector[…]

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soul man

Over the last 12 years I have always been the proud owner-wearer of at least one pair of Dr Marten’s boots. It’s hard to enthuse enough about how awesome they are, comfortable, waterproof, durable, wear them to work, dress them up, walk the dog in them – I wear them until they drop from my[…]

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getaway hideaway

Early this month we spent a while in a perfect Icelandic hideway. Its a rare and delicious thing to have nothing better to do than drink tea and watch the landscape shift from dormant-almost-spring to snowscape, mountains and volcanoes emerging and disappearing behind the weather.

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writer’s hesitance

Driving home from a night out on Saturday I bored my long-suffering husband with all the reasons why I hadn’t been writing my blog recently. I had high hopes of keeping up the occasional posts to document stuff of interest and share some of my life back home with my friends in far flung places,[…]

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things to make and do

If you’d have asked me what household item I’d miss when I moved to the US I’m fairly certain I’d have probably picked some convenience from the kitchen, blender, cake tins, the pasta maker. Surprisingly, the item I missed the most turned out to be my sewing machine, in part because I needed to make[…]

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Memory Box

In a vague attempt to see the carpet in the front bedroom, I have been working my way through unpacking and sorting out various boxes of my stuff left over from the move last year. Just when I thought that I had exposed a meritable amount of the rug, I was gently reminded of all[…]