Category Archives: intoxication

Christmas days

The tendency for Christmas over the years has been for it to spread out, much like my waistline. When I was younger—even ten years or so ago—I saw Christmas as a landmark day. There were celebrations either side, of course: … Continue reading

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After a troublesome youth the gout will hold us

Last weekend I went to a college-organized reunion. I hesitate to use the decidedly Wodehousian name of “gaudy”, although that is indeed what the college called it. Call it. Suitably, it involved many of the trappings of Oxbridge life that … Continue reading

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I blame Alan Jackson

Last weekend I was at yet another one of the semi-formal conferences that my own sub-sector of web development specializes in. They’re cheap to attend, but at the same time you can’t expect too many corporate perks. That’s fine, though, … Continue reading

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In the gota fria, but drinking the stars

My parents’ move to Spain is grounded in a number of founding myths. They all revolve around their determination to overcome a reluctance to leave what was, back in 2002, their lifelong home. These myths include their conviction that Mum’s … Continue reading

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Allez et retour

We’ve just come back from a holiday to Brittany. There are worse places to catch one last blaze of midsummer heatwave than the deep sylvan glades near Guingamp. There are better places too, e.g. ones where the restaurants don’t close … Continue reading

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The year ends with a twist

I write this gingerly, my wrist recovering from a bad sprain sprain acquired a week ago today. It was a mould-covered wooden bridge that took my bicycle tyres out from underneath me, tricking me into landing palms first. A trip … Continue reading

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The Magical Whisky Tour

We’ve just been on a week’s holiday to the Kintyre peninsula, Islay and Jura; me, K, my parents and her parents. The weather was in turns awful and glorious: awful as we relaxed in our private sitting room in the … Continue reading

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