Category Archives: Family

Pixies at the Beacon – first in a series

It’s turning into the summer of live music for Kim and me – starting with the Pixies at the Beacon last week.I love the Beacon Theatre as a venue – I’ve seen Van there twice and saw Eddie Vedder there … Continue reading

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Update and clarification on Windows Phone

The last post on my and my mother’s frustration with her new Windows Mobile phone generated the most feedback of any blog post I have ever posted here.  Most of the feedback was well intentioned (I approved every comment that … Continue reading

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Windows phone – a disastrous christmas present

My 75 year old mother needed a new cell phone – she travels quite a lot within the UK and lives alone and it was time.  She’s been using an ancient Nokia for years – it’s at least ten years … Continue reading

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Should I stay or should I go?

The apartment sale has not been going as quickly as I had hoped (listing here if you are interested in an NYC pied-à-terre) and the whole experience has been absurdly stressful.  Seems like it’s a sellers market in Brooklyn , … Continue reading

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Winter in the UK

As a Brit, a Geographer, and someone has lived many places and traveled to many more; I am fascinated and puzzled by the British attitude to the weather. I could fill dozens if not hundreds of pages about various UK … Continue reading

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Sick while traveling

Always a pain.  Heading back to the US tomorrow and very much looking forward to getting home, rested and back to my usual diet, sleep habits and workouts.  I’ve been in Townsville, Cairns, back to Townsville, Melbourne, and now Sydney. … Continue reading

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Rainy and Windy

We have English winter weather today in NYC – pouring rain, winds gusting to 40 mph.  Reminds me of so many days and nights in the north of England and also feels like Wellington too.  I get a really clear … Continue reading

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Memories of Akla

I was just uploading pics from my camera and I found these portraits that I took of Akla the weekend before he died.  I’m happy and sad at the same time, because he does look happy and contented sitting in … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Akla

A very, very tough day last Wednesday as I had to make the decision to put Akla to sleep.  He was 13 1/2 years old, which is remarkable for a big dog and he had made it through at least … Continue reading

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Trip to Grange-over-Sands

I got back from the UK on Tuesday afternoon after a flying (no pun intended) visit to the UK for my mother’s 70th birthday dinner (although she claims it was the annual old lags dinner that just happened to be … Continue reading

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Bold-face names?

Chey and I made the gossip column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune last weekend, but I’m not going to link to it because she asked me not to 🙂 Nothing terrible or salacious at all – just a funny run-in … Continue reading

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