Category Archives: Travel notes

Away for the weekend

To see Richard Thompson last night, for about the third or fourth time in my life, and clearly the best. It was the first show I’ve seen where his guitar playing would take off unexpectedly in the middle of songs … Continue reading

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It’s warmer than you think

One of my silly habits is to read quotidian blogs from the Swedish provinces. I absolutely don’t want anything that tells me large news when I do so. The Archers would be far too exciting. I just want a pleasing … Continue reading

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Travel notes

The first time I went to Sorsele, where the picture at the head of this page was taken, I flew to Stockholm, took the night train to Östersund, and then a bus for six hours up the 45. The next … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sushi Pizza

On this blog we refrain from Norwegian jokes but I would not like to take seriously this recipe from Dagbladet. Yes, it is a sushi pizza, with the fish (Norwegian salmon and Norwegian halibut are specified) arranged on round platters … Continue reading Continue reading

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Low Score in TCR defender

The rules of _Tottenham Court Road Defender_ are simple: you start somewhere near Leicester Square,and walk up Charing Cross Road, then Tottenham Court Road, between the book shops, the camera shops, the musical instrument shops, and the emporia of electronic … Continue reading Continue reading

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Fragment of a Transylvanian Journey

bq. In 1993 (I think) I found myself travelling in Transylvania with a fundamentalist missionary named Gary Cox — a good man, though not my type at all — and Sandy Millar of HTB, who had two strapping young acolytes: … Continue reading Continue reading

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Miscellany post

I’m in Cambridge for the next ten days or so, working on a Templeton journalism Fellowship, but hoping to socialise in the evenings — hi, Bill! hi John! — with readers. I mean to put some of the little fragments … Continue reading Continue reading

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Some notes on American capitalism

* I wanted a pay-as-you-go sim card. A Radio shack in Greenwich Village offered me the sim on its own for $35 or the sim in a motorola phone for $20. The sheer lunatic profligacy is what strikes one first: … Continue reading Continue reading

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In partibus infidelium

I will be in Princeton and — for at least one day — New York City next week, arriving on the evening of Wednesday 16th and leaving in the late afternoon of Sunday 20th. This is, of course, a work … Continue reading Continue reading

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Another body part missing in Småland

From “Svenska Dagbladet”:http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/inrikes/did_15016352.asp I learn that two young men had a fight on the dance floor in J{o”}nk{o”}ping, the spiritual home of the Christian Democratic Party. The younger of the two bit off the older one’s thumb: the older one, … Continue reading Continue reading

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