Category Archives: Life

Lübeck: charmingly wonky

The weather this Sunday is disconcertingly mild for October, it seems stolen from a summer past or future, wrenched anachronistically into autumn. I cower in a room saturated with light. Creamy, lumpy walls that have a vaguely pebble-dashed texture encase … Continue reading

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Ein Kölsch, bitte

I’m writing after the end of my first complete week in Germany, the country which will be my home for the year to come, and there is already a lot to tell. This is how it went down: Day 1: … Continue reading

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The bleary pilgrim

Bundled into the Corsa. Beltless, unshaven and woozy. Despite its lack of a working radio I still love this car. The defunct Blaupunkt reads “SAFE” in all-caps instead of channel, or frequency. It couldn’t display track number; in this respect, … Continue reading

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I am the Ferryman

  Midsummer’s in ten days and I’m eking out all I can of this year’s solstice light, situated as I am just a couple more degrees north of Scotland’s capital where I’ve been studying these past two years at the … Continue reading

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The rise of hyphenates and the demise of icons

As the concluding hours tick down on what to many has seemed a fairly dismal lap around the sun politically and in terms of “iconic” deaths I thought it was time to add my evaluation to the numerous top tens, … Continue reading

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Salutations from the Solstice

December. Brown leaves linger – decomposing streaks on recomposing streets whose lights and likenesses change to suit the season. I’m set to return soon, where no such sodden mulch is to be found. Another semester past. Another set of exams … Continue reading

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Meme Magic – Oh look he’s getting a bit political

The world has changed since when I met you last, Forces have gathered, grown and made their mark, Meme magic brewed an unsavoury broth, and left us Trump – God-Emperor of Earth. Oh, and also I became an editor at … Continue reading

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