Category Archives: Life

An Egg-ceptionally Warm Night

Did you ever find yourself out on your balcony at four in the morning with an egg in your hand, mulling over whether to loft the said ovoid into the air with the intention of making it do the Humpty … Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I hadn’t sat an exam since before the turn of the millennium1 — 1998, to be precise, the finals of my primary degree (nothing less than a BSc in Biotechnology, I’d have you … Continue reading

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Smartphones, Mid-life Crises and Penis Envy

There exists a category of person I like to call a “phone person”. One of these will not only have the latest, slimmest, fastest smartphone on the market, and will not only spend inordinate amounts of time swiping the phone’s … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

For many cultures, both past and present, the new year does not begin on January 1. The Celtic people’s new year kicked off with Samhain, a feast that subsequently became Christianised, mixed in with the feast of All Saints, and … Continue reading

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That Phone Call

Last Saturday week I got that phone call that everyone living abroad dreads. It was my brother telling me my mother had taken a fall and had broken her leg. She had been rushed to hospital in the small hours … Continue reading

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