Category Archives: Writing

Book Review: Ian Young’s London Skin and Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories

London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories by Ian Young My rating: 5 of 5 stars I met Ian decades ago when I was at university, but I never knew the stories of his years in London, living in … Continue reading

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A minor history of food blogging

I just scrolled through my oldest blog entries, here on my website, to trace a little history of my food blogging adventures. While I started my website, way back in January 2005, it was a static website, used to promote … Continue reading

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Hurricane warnings

There’s a hurricane warning for Hawaii at the moment. My brother, Tom, who lives in Kaneohe, with his family, says there’s never been a Hurricane Level 1 Warning since he’s lived there, which is now over 30 years. It’s scheduled … Continue reading

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Why we like the writers we do … or not

The pages of the print-out are dated 13 January 2009, in fact, more precisely than that: 12:01pm. It’s an article that I liked in Salon.com from 2002. I suspect that years after I first read it (I was reading a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. I’m stunned by this book. I’ve read a lot of comic books in my time, and some graphic novels, so on first glance, I wondered how the format … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

Purity by Jonathan Franzen My rating: 3 of 5 stars For some reason, my review of Jonathan Franzen’s Strong Motion remains one of the most-viewed posts on my blog. I wonder why that is. Probably because there aren’t that many … Continue reading

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Book Review: Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Aware that Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s interviews with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jonathan Franzen are so incisive, well-written and engaging that they’ve become famous in themselves, and … Continue reading

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Book review: David Foenkinos’s Delicacy

Delicacy by David Foenkinos My rating: 1 of 5 stars I should have guessed from the cover. ‘Like an Amélie for grown-ups’, said the blurb. But I thought that Amélie was for grown-ups. So, I could gather from the back … Continue reading

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Is the United World Colleges worth it?

A friend from university wrote and said: “My daughter just got into UWC. Please tell me that UWC is worth it.” So, having attended Pearson College from 1986 to 1988, I can answer the question, at least from my perspective, … Continue reading

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Ramon’s Books

After the memorial for Ramon, I was about to leave when I heard his sister asking a small group of people, ‘What shall we do with his books? They were his most prized possessions. How can we get them to … Continue reading

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