Travels


My Neck of the Woods


  Over the weekend, it got progressively colder, which is as it should be of a Berlin January.   It was so cold on Saturday that on the square expanse of wind-whipped Alexanderplatz a young couple, laughing, hunkering down by the U Bahn entrance pulled...

Once In a Very Blue Moon


  We set off down the road to Albertville, through the tunnel of Frejus into Italy on the morning of July 31st not THE worst day for travel in France, not ‘Black Saturday’ but merely ‘Red Friday.’ The roads over the mountains were surprisingly clear....

Talk to Me of Mendocino


  In my Alma Mater, a convent boarding school, we were admonished that “When a woman whistles, Our Lady cries.” I have always whistled and the only respite I got from wimpled wrath was when workmen were renovating in the school grounds. I could whistle...

FLEE, FRIGHT, FIGHT AND FLIGHT


  What a wonderous thing is the human body – as wonderous a thing as a pelican (his beak can hold more than his belly can.)   Two days ago, on Sunday, the Feast of St Brigid, in Ireland called the first day of Spring,...

The Eight Weeks of Christmas: I’m Going Vac-packed for Christmas….


Oh the ignominy! To be put on the back of a donkey and trudged over high roads and no roads just  before giving birth…..poor Mary.   These being modern times, I have just vacuum packed the entire crib/creche/manger, complete with Kings (who don’t mind long...

I’s Bucket Challenge


  A few days ago, a friend named me to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Sorry, no d’ice. I am not taking up the Ice Bucket Challenge, because I don’t want to….which in a way is more difficult than doing it, because it is...

Frida Kahlo, Yoko Ono and Me


      It is spring, and in spring a young woman’s fancy turns to thoughts of love…..and sometimes, when even the sanest, most sensible, feminist, career woman’s head is turned by love, when she is swept off her feet by an avowal of same...

Edith Kiss


  It was the day before St Valentine’s Day in Berlin and a small group of people gathered at the side entrance of the new Daimler Mercedes-Benz Distribution Headquarters. The 13 storey building, which went up over a very few months, can house 1,200 employees...

Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown: Red Carpet at the Berlinale


I don’t do clothing with logos and have but two sweatshirts with messages on them.   One says “Art is Dirty Work, but Someone Has to Do it”  the other says “Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown.”   As my lifestyle is that of the...

Berlinale, The Berlin Film Festival


Yes, it is a First World Problem, but how is one supposed to get on with one’s life when one has to book tickets for the Berlin Film Festival?   The Berlinale as it is known, is currently running in this most edgy and ordinary,...