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The Nature of Things


Not long before the kickoff of the World Cup Final, I wandered up in the steaming heat to my favorite local pub in Paris with subterranean expectations of finding my usual spot on its narrow side terrasseunoccupied. With a resigned … Continue reading

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Too Darn Hot


Starting last weekend, the Dog Days of summer arrived in Paris with a full-throated howl. It’s the kind of heat where sitting perfectly still is a sweaty workout and you spend half your time with your head shoved in the … Continue reading

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Ave Britannia


My trip to England, my birthplace and “home” for the first two years of my life, began last week with a short hop from Paris to London Gatwick aboard a “Vueling Airlines” flight. I know you haven’t. Clearly inspired by … Continue reading

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Modern Love


In the middle of the night last week, my bedroom became suddenly alive with epilepsy-inducing incandescent light crawling across the walls, a lingering preamble to the loudest and longest thunderclap I have ever experienced. The initial sky-splitting explosion virtually shook … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation


I’m standing in Marksburg which, although damaged by American artillery fire in 1945, is the best-preserved castle of the many dotting Germany’s spectacular Middle Rhine* and first mentioned in historical records in the 13th Century. Here is a picture: I’m … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are: 5 – 13 May 2018


10 May 2018: Suicide should be painless Renowned Australian botanist and ecologist, David Goodall, arrived in Switzerland earlier last week in order to end his life in one of the few countries in the world where assisted suicide is legal … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are: 23 April – 4 May 2018


24 April: Incel Rebellion The freshly minted terror tactic of deliberately bumping up onto sidewalks and plowing through crowds of people is as banally ingenious as it is truly terrorizing. With each fresh copycat attack, sidewalk strollers the world over … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are: 16-22 April 2018


18 April: Is there anybody out there? Did you get excited last February, almost to the point of sexual arousal, viewing those images streaming back after Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched and coughed into outer space his … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are: 9-15 April 2018


9 April 2018: Armando Iannucci’s Death of Stalin All Russia all the time! Just kidding. I can obsess on certain things but, seeing as my attention span can be measured in fractions of seconds, this should be it for a … Continue reading

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Dear Whoever You Are: 2-8 April 2018


3 April 2018: Denkmal “So, how was Vienna?” asked my Dutch physiotherapist the day after my long Easter Weekend in the city. A tough question. I explained to him that my wife and I were constantly reminded of Bonn and … Continue reading

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