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Wandering about at night in the Baixa-Chiado district and having just had my dinner in a well lit salad bar, I find myself walking up a road that leads to the Largo Camões, one of the most picturesque squares in Lisbon, with a sloping view that leads the eye right down to the Tagus. It’s…

My Portugal Trip

Mid-Spring and I’m on my way to Portugal for a conference. I’ve one whole day and a morning in Lisbon, which I’ve visited before, to look forward to and three whole days in Coimbra, where I’ve never been. In fact I’ve only ever been to Lisbon. My plane takes off from Pisa, Galileo Galilei Airport. A…

How Ariel Pink Helped Me Recover My Faith in Rock’n’Roll

I think I may finally have started to get excited about music again in a way that I wasn’t sure was even possible for me anymore. And that’s pretty reassuring because I thought I was past it at age 34, that I was becoming too jaded and too cynical to ever really lose it for…

I left a message on my facebook page this morning saying that the main reason I was pro-choice was because I knew plenty of people who it would have been better for the world had they been aborted at birth. As usual like everything I write on facebook or twitter it went totally ignored —…

Thatcher

I along with a great number of other British people, and probably the vast majority of Scots, have been celebrating the timely death — although to be honest it could have come a lot sooner — of that vile satanic hag Margaret Thatcher. Having been born in 1981 I lived out the first decade or…

A Nice series of renaissance architectural diagrams.

…With the Benefit of Hindsight

‘How the street swarms with curious figures ! I stand aside in the opening of a side lane, and there goes past me a man carrying in one hand a pail of steaming water, while on his other arm he has a flat basket, containing the sliced feelers of an octopus, and a tray of…

So I come to the end of my month long writing challenge, and as I’ve stated previously I now plan to update my blog far more regularly: perhaps four times a week or thereabouts. It’s Friday afternoon and I can’t be bothered writing too much, instead I will leave you with some of my favourite…