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Stuff You Should Know Podcast

Stuff You Should Know Podcast

If you travel as much as I do, you’re going to need something to amuse you on all those long flights. While I’m lucky enough to often travel in business class, the movies are always the same. The TV shows are still three years old. After awhile, you grow pretty sick of staring at that […]

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The Fate of the Romanovs

In the middle of the night in July 1917, Nicholas II of Russia, his wife Alexandra, their four daughters and one son, members of their household staff, and various pets were led down to the basement of Ipatiev house. They complied happily with this action, believing they were either about to have their photo taken, […]

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Black and White Product Round Up

Looking for a monochromatic color scheme? Everyone knows I enjoy a good internet window shop. I have’t done a product round up in awhile, so thought I’d have another look. Here we go – the first product round up of 2018, and its the first of October! Welcome to my black and white product round […]

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Treachery, Bankruptcy and Grace – the Grimaldi’s of Monaco

 “I avoid looking back.  I prefer good memories to regrets.” – Princess Grace of Monaco What royal family has a vast fortune originally acquired through gambling profits, a current reigning ruler with two illegitimate children, and had an ancestor oust their way into power by wearing a costume, seeking sanctuary in the stronghold of Monaco, […]

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Why I’ve Come Back to Wellington

It’s apparently 13 degrees as I type this, although it feels much less. Overnight, it will feel like three degrees. I’m grateful that I have enough money to be able to afford to sit under a heat pump, but I’m reminded of the sorry state of New Zealand housing. You don’t realise how bad it […]

Meloncholy

The Melancholy Cities of Eastern Europe

Next to our front door, there are two small postcards in black frames. I bought the postcards in the Singer building in St. Petersburg. One of them is an ink drawing of a seagull wearing a sailor hat, next to the caption ‘Melancholy City’. I had no idea exactly what this was referring to when […]

Winterbooks

Book Reviews – Winter Edition

Okay, so I didn’t really get a winter vacation. I had three days off over Christmas, and I just spent five days in Spain. Apart from that, I worked right through. But, after my earlier book review post, covering the first half of at the year, I thought I should cover the second half. For […]

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(Nearly) A Year in Dubai

In 2016, I visited Hiroshima. It is amazing that there is a modern city of Hiroshima at all, given what happened there during World War Two. I knew relatively little about the atomic bomb attack before my visit. When the bomb exploded over the city on August 6, 1944, people within a one mile radius […]

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Cats of Croatia

*and a few fellows from Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, as well as the cats of Croatia. I can’t resist taking photos of kitties. This post is basically an excuse for me to post pictures of kitties I have found over the last few months. Welcome to the laziest post ever. Enjoy!

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24 Hours in Wellington

It’s an interesting experience to write a post about enjoying a day in your own city. You know it so well because you have spent so much time there, but you haven’t experienced it in a 24 hour block. It is not often that you sit down and distill exactly what it is that makes […]

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