Category Archives: Incidents

a shattered silence

This blog has been silent for a month – yes, the usual reasons: too much work, nothing to say. Though the latter is not really true. I could write about visits to concerts or operas. I could, and probably will, … Continue reading

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Gadžo at the opera

Operas are fascinating , not just for the performance, the emotional delight of the music, the exquisite singing, the costumes, the acting, the decor, but also for the audience. Observing your fellow ‘bums in seats’ can be amusing and can … Continue reading

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The falcon returns

This morning my old friend appeared in the garden – the peregrine falcon that has used the place as a source of fast food. The food I put out in the garden attracts all kinds of small birds, sparrows, various … Continue reading

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Le Club des Poètes – invitation to you, the voyager

Perceptions are what hews the memory. Reality is what you perceive, or rather what you select and construct from your perceptions. Your mental image of Le Club des Poètes in Paris is constructed from what you remember from your last … Continue reading

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Choreographing the demise of the Soviet Union

It’s twenty years ago that the Soviet Union ceased to exist. That expansive state rapidly imploded without exploding, except at the edges. It was a surprisingly well-managed affair, which could so easily have descended into utter chaos or even civil … Continue reading

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A year’s post

It’s one year ago since I started this blog. Curious that it happens to be November 11. A year ago I looked back fleetingly to Armentières from the First World War (I had recently passed through the small town in … Continue reading

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Immolation of a teacher

Shocked I was to read of the maths teacher in France who set fire to herself in public during the morning break at her secondary school (see story). Libération describes the scene afterwards: “In the courtyard, a large black spot. … Continue reading

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