When I Am An Old Woman


  It is the last Sunday in August on Lake Annecy.  It is 38 degrees, and I am alone, sitting at the dining table on the terrace, shaded by a loggia of jasmine, wisteria and clematis, eating my Sunday lunch, before packing my Stand Up...

Move Over in the Bed Baby Boomers, Make Way for Millenials


  Woke up this morning worrying about earthworms. In a landscape increasingly covered in concrete, how do they breathe or mate?  Without oxygen, worms suffocate. Earthworms breathe through their skin and come up to the surface at night to mate if they feel so inclined....

Up Down!


(PIC from the “Body Language” blog article “The 23 Best Places in Berlin to watch Euro 2016” reproduced by “Slow Travel Berlin.”) Berlin in summertime is dappled….so many trees and the glint of water, and the smell of dog shit and lime blossom. Being winter...

Of Margaret Drabble and Brexit


  After a few episodes it became rather tedious, but there was one great song in the first series of the TV sit-com “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”  In the Bollywood style, the refrain to “I’m so good at Yoga” is “Look at me, look at me, I’m...

Stories From Ireland


There is an Irish writer called Kevin Barry and there is an Irish writer called Sebastian Barry and there is an Irish patriot-martyr who is also called Kevin Barry and between the lot of them, I was addled. But not any more.   In Cork...

Tapestry


    Because the world spins so fast and because he is away often, Himself and myself have ‘planning meetings’ when we sit down with calendar, notebook and diary and get organized, make lists, pencil in dates and discuss where each will be, what each...

Why I Can Say What I Darned Well Please


                                I have earned my feminist stripes. In jest,with irony, I used to facetiously remark  “How would I know/I couldn’t do that…I’m just a woman” and drew upon me the...

I’d Love a Fag. A Short Tale of Friendship


  In Berlin, where many old accommodation blocks are built around courtyards, by law, a second staircase is provided for emergencies. Our apartment, on the fifth floor of a century old ‘Altbau’ is three sides of a square in shape. At one side is the...

Richard III at the Schaubühne Berlin


  How do members of the British Royal Family feel when they watch William Shakespeare’s historical plays based (albeit sometimes loosely, with literary embroidery) on the derring-do and dastardly deeds of the British Royal Family? Depending on the name given to one, or the title...

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Isabel x

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