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A fantasy realised

I made myself laugh out loud the other day. There was no one around to hear me as COVID life is pretty solitary. It's a given that social distancing is playing silly buggers with our mental health. It's also a given that life as ...

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Functional art

A mate of mine was telling me recently that a builder mate of theirs has never been busier. With so many people working from home, they’ve a whole new appreciation for their living space. That table and chair, fine for the odd session on ...

Translating a need

COVID-19 has brought out the best in us and the worst in us. After five months of lockdowns and reopenings, be they full or partial, we’ve begun to adjust to the new normal. But our world is divided.

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Where there’s a need…

One of the silver linings in this whole COVID-19 phenomenon is that we’re all slightly more aware of the fortunes and misfortunes of others. Life as we know it came to a standstill and is now limping forward, trying to regain some semblance of ...

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On wanting to be a Zen Master

With so much being written about Covid-19, there's very little left to say. Yet writing about anything else seems inconceivable, as the virus consumes our thoughts, restricts our movements and turns our worlds upside down.

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The Celtic Barber

I'm having flashbacks to 1994 and the birth of the term "metrosexual". The portmanteau of metropolitan and heterosexual describes a man who has discovered moisturiser and manicures. The marketing world suddenly woke up to the fact that men had money and liked to spend ...

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7scents

I have a peculiarly impulsive sense of smell that has led me to stopping random people and commenting on the scent they're wearing. Women usually smile, take the compliment in their stride and volunteer the name of their perfume. Men, once they get over ...

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Coming home

I have a weakness. I have several weaknesses in fact, but more than any of the others, this one I find impossible to resist. You can keep your wine. You can have your chocolate. You can save your flowers. What gets me every time ...

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The other Balaton

I'm writing this from Balaton. Not the Balaton but the one and only Balaton in the United States of America, a small town in southwest Minnesota. I'm not quite sure how I found the place but once I discovered it existed, I couldn't not ...

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In abstraction

On 20 August, Hungary celebrates its foundation and remembers St Istvan (St Stephen), its first king, who was inducted into the ranks of Hungarian saints by Pope Gregory VII on 20 August 1083. Let's fast forward to 20 August 1993, when Scottish painter Jim ...