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Hanging out over La Baz

When we visited La Paz in Bolivia this year, my sister and I discovered that the best way to see the city was to dangle over it, via Mi Teleferico. It’s a cable car system that reaches the far corners of the city, just like a subway. In fact, it’s apparently the highest and longest … Continue reading

Cholita Wrestling

She let out a furious yell and charged at the other woman across the ring. Her nuggetty opponent managed to spin and hip toss her so that her frilly dress made a colourful arc in the air as she fell. They both slammed into the mat with a reverberating thud. The 1st woman started moaning … Continue reading

Twelve-sided stoners

This photo shows a famous “12-angled” (or 12-sided) stone in a wall in Cuzco. The Incas bashed their stones into shape to perfectly fit together without mortar. My guess is that they’d started building this long wall from both ends and painted themselves into a corner in the middle, and this “12-sided” stone was the … Continue reading

Machu Pikachu

My sister and I went to Machu Picchu for a day and I was blown away by how picturesque the ruins looked. It’s normal to see Insta-perfect photos in travel brochures, but I never expected the reality to be anywhere close to that, and it was! Everything has been maintained and preserved quite nicely, and … Continue reading

Handsy animal glyphs

My sister and I took a flight over the Nasca Lines, in Peru, to check out all the handsy monkey and bird glyphs. It was pretty epic to see, and flying is certainly the way to do it. Our pilot expertly weaved around in gut-wrenching circles so that both sides of the plane got to … Continue reading

Trust in the tamale

My sister and I spent an epic month in South America, over the Xmas/New Year holidays. We saw the sights and had delights on every foreign shore. I’m usually game to try anything once, so we ventured into plenty of random Peruvian restaurants with more optimism than was warranted, considering our woeful ability to read … Continue reading

Siberian Tranny Orchestra

One of the great bonuses of traveling for work is when my travels coincide with a band that I’m keen to see, often in some random, small town nearby. Earlier this year, it was Weird Al Yankowic, in Boston. Recently, it was the Trans Siberian Orchestra, in Worcester, Massachusetts. TSO is a semi-Christmas themed rock … Continue reading

Pretty pretty punkins

I was walking along a dark path with figures wandering around me. Gazing at me from the right was a buck-toothed bozo with big wide eyes. A little in front of me was a face with a scary scowl and tight, angry eyes. To my left was a round head with an extremely wide smile … Continue reading

Peepin’ pimpin’ Fallin’ foliage

I was recently introduced to the phenomenon known as peak foliage. I thought I was just going on a hike with a buddy in New Hampshire, but as the day progressed it became more and more apparent that he was somewhat obsessed with looking for colourful leaves. And he’s not the only one. There’s a … Continue reading

Called by Cthulhu

I went for a run in a strange city, got lost, and stumbled upon the only landmark in the whole city that I knew. It was as though some unseen force had drawn me there. This is the Fleur-de-Lys Studios featured in H. P. Lovecraft’s most famous story ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, and as you … Continue reading

Beyond The Streets

My old mate, Reenster came to NYC recently, so we ate a bunch of food and went to a graffiti exhibition called Beyond the Streets. This huge exhibition had all types of “street art”, from the initial surge of punk kids in Brooklyn’s ’60s up to today’s fancy and respected works. It was eye opening, … Continue reading

The Pops heard around the world

The Pops heard around the world I was working near Boston during this year’s Independence Day. We didn’t get attacked by aliens, but I did get to go and see the “Boston Pops”. No, it’s not a bunch of old grandpas in tweed coats. It’s a Boston orchestra that goes wild and plays “popular” music. … Continue reading

Mustang Sally for a week

Avis upgraded me to a Mustang Convertible recently because it was the only car they had left when I picked up my work rental. Yeah baby! That makes me cool, right? This is the first time I’ve been upgraded to something sporty. They sometimes try to tell me how pleased they are to offer me … Continue reading

Hacking at the head

I was in a darkened auditorium with a simple stage before me featuring a pond, a lake, and 3 school girls. They squealed a little and took a selfie, like regular young folk. They seemed naive but within minutes they were mumbling something about hurley burleys before uttering that fateful name … “Macbeth”. For the … Continue reading

Everything for the Wookie

There’s a famous Australian burlesque show known as ‘The Empire Strips Back’ and, when it recently came to NYC, I simply had to see it. Picture all your favourite Star Wars characters and scenes, reproduced with high quality props and costumes. Now picture it more sexy. There was: Twi’leks dancing lithely, a sizzling storm trooper … Continue reading

The Last Dab

I recently checked out the NY Hot Sauce Expo, just for kicks. It was like a marketplace of vendors displaying a range of hot sauces to try, plus related parafernalia. I saw a hot sauce fountain for chip dipping. I saw expensive, intricate leather hot sauce holsters for traveling in safety while packing heat. The festival … Continue reading

Helping Elon Musk

I was seated in a high school athletics auditorium, surrounded by hordes of chanting kids. They were chanting for blood and victory and pneumatic controllers. Before us lay a scene of competing factions trying to assist mankind’s deep space ambitions by demonstrating their robots for quickly loading cargo into rocket ships. Highly skilled pilots stood … Continue reading

Feeling the Bern

I went to my first ever political rally recently because it was happening nearby, and I wanted to see what they were like. It turns out they’re sort of like going to a football game, but everyone’s rooting for the same team. Everyone wears team colours and waves signs, while high-fiving each other and feeling … Continue reading

The OG of pierogis

I recently went with some friends to a Slovakian pierogi restaurant named Baba’s Pierogis. I think Baba was the OG (original Grandma) in their food story. What’s a pierogi? I didn’t know either, until I encountered them in New York. They’re usually thought of as Polish and are basically the same as dumplings. Sauerkraut and … Continue reading

QWERTY for eating

I recently noticed that Wagamama had opened a new restaurant in Manhattan, so I wanted to check it out. It’s a Japanese restaurant chain from the UK that is popular for communal dining on long tables, with decent food and decent prices. I love the concept, and I went many times while I lived in … Continue reading

Hearts and minds and poetry

Do you known what it feels like to have poetry whispered to you through long pipes by random actors in black? Me neither, but a lucky few folks at the Brooklyn Library do. If that isn’t a selling point for curiosity then I don’t know what is. I witnessed this activity from the mezzanine during … Continue reading

Meet me tonight in Atlantic City

Someone recently asked me if I’d been to Atlantic City and I had to confess that I hadn’t, even though it’s quite close to NYC. I figured it’d be a shame to one day leave here without seeing AC, so I booked a long weekend trip and jumped on a bus. As Springsteen instructs, I … Continue reading

Safety first

When you’re drinking an advent calendar of beers with an old mate … safety first.

Candy Cane Lane

I went home for Chrissy, and a few of my peeps suggested that we go see the Christmas Lights. I was down. It turned into a wonderful little excursion like those I remember from childhood, but the game has changed so much. There’s a competition every year for the best street for Christmas lights (likely … Continue reading

Woe to cold turkey

Last year, I participated in a special treat that is occasionally offered to random lone wolfs across America. They call it … Friendsgiving. It’s like Thanksgiving but with friends. It makes sense in big cities like NYC because a lot of folk don’t have family nearby to eat with. Most Yankees plan ahead and travel … Continue reading

Lovecraftian terrors

Late last year, I joined a bunch of other Lovecraftian fan at NYC’s annual Lovecraft Festival, Arkham Asylum. A handful of actors narrated his stories with extreme levels of panic and creepiness, inside a darkened church. This is undoubtedly the best way to immerse oneself in his terrible tales. Everything feels so much more real … Continue reading

Living Shrek’s life

My buddy and I recently caught a bus to upstate New York.  (Local lingo alert: “upstate” is basically anywhere that us city folk can’t point to on a map.  We’ve heard there’s other so-called “New Yorkers” up there but in a vaguely northerly direction, but probably without access to running water or the Subway).  We … Continue reading

West Indies flock

The West Indies parade happens every year in my neighbourhood (Crown Heights) in Brooklyn.  It makes sense that it’s here because the neighbourhood is quite black and you can barely walk more than a block without crossing a jerk chicken store.  Apparently the festival moved here from Harlem 50 years ago.  It’s been ours ever … Continue reading

Melting moments at MilkMade

I had my first ice cream flight recently.  What is a flight?  Yeah I was confused too, the first time I saw one on a wine menu.  The wine flight was a few small wine glasses with a different flavour of wine in each one.  In the years since then I’ve drunk many a beer … Continue reading

Shakespeare under the heavens

On a recent evening in Central Park, I joined some friends in the Delacorte Theater to watch some good ol’ Shakespeare.  The theatre was gorgeous, surrounded by trees and the nearby Belvedere Castle.  The atmosphere was buzzing and reminiscent of my fond memories from the Globe Theatre in London.  Amphitheatres always seem to lend a … Continue reading

Dumpster dining

I’ve never been more hipster than when I recently ate Roberta’s pizza while perched atop a skip full of rubbish.

Rock rock Rockaway Beach

The 4th of July happened recently, which for me is just another public holiday that I don’t give 2 hoots about.  Something about wasting good tea.  Everyone gets the day off, though, which makes it a good excuse to hang out and do something weekendy mid-week.  I joined some friends at Rockaway Beach, which was … Continue reading

Family Feuding

We sat across from each other in groups of 4.  It was Team Euro vs Team Social Deduction, in respect to the styles of board games that we prefer i.e. sociopaths vs socialites; quiet thinkers vs loud talkers; mouth breathers vs political tricksters.  We were competing in a makeshift Family Feud at one of my … Continue reading

A furious Dracula

My friends and I have been playing a lot of Fury of Dracula lately.  It’s a board game where 4 valiant hunters chase the hidden Dracula around Europe, trying to find his trail and vanquish him before his evil plots thicken.  For me, the major draw is that I loved the book and movie of … Continue reading

The hygge Haagen

I recently made it to a Brooklyn Haagen-Dazs for their free cone day … because the only thing better than ice cream is free ice cream.  It surprised me that the line wasn’t round the block and 3 hours long, like it would have been in Manhattan.  People in New York suffer from severe trend-chasing … Continue reading

Once upon a midnight dreary

I recently stumbled upon an Edgar Allen Poe festival in NYC and immediately seized myself tickets for a couple of different performances.  Poe is a master.  I only really discovered Poe 2 years ago, and have rapidly devoured his best material since then.  I even managed to travel to his houses and museums in Baltimore, … Continue reading

The White Castle quest

I recently traveled by NYC’s healthiest mode of transport (Citi Bike) to have lunch at one of the country’s unhealthiest burger joints – the medievally monikered White Castle.  Why?  To try their Impossible Sliders.  It’s a vegetarian burger made to feel, taste and even bleed like meat.  I also wanted to see what Harold & … Continue reading

Corsendonkulous Belgian Double Magnum

I recently had the occasion to drink a huge ass bottle of beer.  It all started in June 2017 when I stumbled upon a well-stocked beer store in Connecticut which featured a 3 Litre bottle of Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Belgium.  Even the guy at the beer shop was amused.  “Why do you want this?” … Continue reading

Three Men and a Baby

My mates and I struck a classic movie pose. See the trailer and real movie poster below. Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohBNZZKmtnw

Astrology on Tap

Like many big cities, NYC has a veritable smorgasburg of free events – everything from movies to lectures and stargazing.  A few weeks ago I chanced upon a night of science talks run by Astronomy On Tap.  As you might have guessed from the name, the venue was a nearby pub (The Way Station).  The … Continue reading

Democracy in a sea of pandemic

Three of my friends and I recently embarked on a year-long campaign to support the world’s last bastions of civilisation and attempt to find a cure once-and-for-all for the virus that had plagued us all.  In truth, we were actually playing a board game called Pandemic Legacy Season 2.  This particular game is a “legacy” … Continue reading

Home to Penelope

I was traveling at dusk, so the sky started at a fading blue and fell to darkness during my nautical journey.  We passed by the Statue of Liberty and it looked like a beacon of divinity on this crystal clear night.  A thousand lights from Manhattan reflected off the ripples in front of me as … Continue reading

Forgettable karaoke

A few weeks ago, my friend was leaving for an extended trip to Thailand, so he had a karaoke night to celebrate the joy of his departure.  It’d been a few years since my last karaoke, back in my London days, so I felt compelled to give New York a shot.  This place was apparently … Continue reading

Chunk with Chunk

Would you like your Chunk with a side of Chunk?  Lloyd showed me this street graffiti near Camden Town, London, so I did what felt natural. Yes, kids, this is a Goonies reference – a 1985 movie that’s sort of like Stranger Things without the magic. Goonies trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ2j4oWdQtU A fabulous horror remix of … Continue reading

My artisanal pizzas

These are the pizzas I made for my family during the Xmas holidays.  Mine are the artisanal looking ones while the perfectly round ones used gluten-free bases from a shop. I made the dough from scratch and I permitted no input on the menu (coz who has the time or patience to listen to family … Continue reading

Philly haute cuisine

There’s a somewhat delicate, somewhat refined, and somewhat secretive meal you can only find in Philly that even most of the locals don’t know about.  Everyone knows about Lorenzo & Sons pizza – home to the 28″ pizza (yes, that’s 71 cms in diameter).  Everyone knows about Jim’s Steaks – home to their famous cheesesteaks.  … Continue reading

5 out of 5 death’s heads ain’t bad

I’d heard of planetariums, sanitariums and solariums before but never a serpentarium.  When I spotted one at Cape Fear in North Carolina (yes, that Cape fear), I simply had to check it out. It felt like an indoor museum full of snakes and a few other reptiles in their own custom-built cages.  Watching snakes may … Continue reading

Fearing the Reaper

It took us a few hours in a rental car to travel to the backwaters of Scranton, Pennsylvania.  We parked in a dark and dusty (yet oddly heaving) car park.  As we walked along the path, an eery mist floated over the pond on our right, accompanied by the fitting song, ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’.  … Continue reading

Pizza girls have needs

In Philly recently, I made my way to a brewery one evening – my modus operandi.  There I was drinking my beer, doing some work, when the night took an unexpected turn.  A local group (Broad Street Burlesque) was scheduled to perform and I just happened to be in the right place at the right … Continue reading

More Miyazaki Than Miyazaki

There was recently a showing of Miyazaki-inspired art in a small, NYC gallery, so I dutifully resurrected myself from slumber and took a gander.  The re-imaginings were really well done and plenty of them were good enough to be mistaken for the real McCoy.  My favourite was titled Bad Girls Club, featuring Princess Mononoke, and … Continue reading

Cell block tango

I was blindfolded, handcuffed to a couple of my friends, and led me into a prison cell, with a few accomplices similarly bound in the cell next door.  This wasn’t a remake of 50 Shades on Broadway or the next Hostel movie; this was an escape room.  Our mission was to work together to escape … Continue reading

Swifty Swine Racing

I went to the Maryland State Fair, in Towson, Maryland, and the most entertaining spectacle by far was the Swifty Swine Racing.  This involved 4 little piggies trotting around the track to win their favourite treat – an Oreo cookie.  The stars of the show all had cute names like Kim Kardashiham, Justin Bieboar, Christina … Continue reading

Fire in the hole

A few weeks ago, I engaged in that great American tradition for privileged, city folk – a balcony fire pit.  A few of us gathered at a friend’s balconied house for this occasion and it turned out to be much more lavish than I’d anticipated.  I’ve roasted marshmallows on a homemade bonfire before, but I’d … Continue reading

Kids on their soapbox

I recently watched the South Slope Soap Box Derby, where kids build and ride gravity-assisted carts down a local street while the masses cheer them on towards their dreams of fortune and fame.  It’s a heartwarming image to think of a father and son hammering pieces of recycled furniture together into a makeshift vehicle that … Continue reading

Thai noodle hieroglyph

My Thai noodle soup was desperate to communicate with me through this stickman hieroglyph.

Total Partiality

Unless you live under a rock, or perhaps just any country that isn’t bombarded by US-centric pandemonia, you’d know that 21st August was the Great American Eclipse.  The hype was epic.  Thousands booked expensive flights to coincide with the path of totality, millions planned road trips to converge on the major towns in the same … Continue reading

Brooklyn’s floribundas

Now that I’m a Brooklynite, I’m starting to check out what this new borough has to offer, apart from moustache wax and wide-brimmed hats. I took my first ever jaunt to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens near Prospect Park.  Flowers aren’t normally my thing but it was pretty darn pleasant.  The place was divided up into … Continue reading

Strike a Karate Kid pose

I finally tricked some buddies into playing my favourite party game, You Robot.  The premise is simple – the scientist tries to make the robot get their body into a certain position, using only a few cards that show body parts and arrows on them, and the audible word “stop”.  Usually you play it as … Continue reading

Give me apizza pie

I’ve been working in Connecticut recently in the “city” of New Britain.  You heard that correctly, my old comrades from the UK, there’s a New Britain.  You’re old.  The US replaced you with a new one.  That’s what they do.  It’s a rather small and unnoteworthy place compared to the old Britain, but it’s a … Continue reading

Crazy Shake Craze

Everything has to be a craze these days, particularly in NYC.  The latest one that I heard about was Black Tap NYC’s shakes.  I’d been to Black Tap a few years ago, when it was an ordinary, quiet joint with decent burgers and craft beers.  But that was before the crazy shakes. They’re all the … Continue reading

A hoagie by any other name

I recently worked near Philadelphia, in a place called Chuck-Norristown.  The guys I worked with were locally raised and had that excellently rough attitude and accent that you expect of Philly.  They showed me around and made me try some of their local delicacies like: – TastyKakes – Packaged, little angel cakes that are surprisingly … Continue reading

Vanderbilt’s big digs

I was working in North Carolina recently and went to take a gander at Biltmore Estate.  This was the forested grounds and private residence of Mr. Moneybags himself, George Washington Vanderbilt II. Built in 1895, Biltmore is still officially the largest private residence in the USA today.  It was designed as a French Chateaux and … Continue reading

The lost coffee bus

In Asheville, North Carolina, I stumbled onto this old London double decker that had been trapped, surrounded by angry pot plants and made to do terrible things.  Yes, they were using it to serve coffee.  Downstairs is for ordering and upstairs is where you sit and sip.  I don’t even like coffee but I had … Continue reading

Rise of the snowy surfer

I was back in Colorado for a 3rd visit in Jan/Feb, which is peak snow season in a very popular ski resorts region.  Despite owning zero of the necessary gear, I managed to rent everything and enjoy 2 separate weekends in Winter Park and Steamboat. It was glorious.  I rediscovered my childhood snowboarding skills quickly … Continue reading

Barefoot Bowls

You probably thought lawn bowls was for boring, old people in stiff, white clothes.  Nope; not anymore.  Australia has lately gone mad for ‘barefoot bowls’ so I had a go over Xmas. It’s just like a backyard party, where you get to hold a beer in your left hand and a lawn bowl in your … Continue reading

The source of liquid courage

I went to the Budaberg distillery which is in … well … Bundaberg.  Bundy is Australia’s truly distinctive rum.  It’s iconic advertising hook is a large, friendly polar bear (who knows why, but it’s pretty catchy).  If we’re being honest, I don’t think anyone really loves Bundy Rum, but it’s a staple. I don’t like … Continue reading

Helmet diving with Kang & Kodos

Over the Christmas break, I went on a little road trip through Northern Queensland with my sister and niece.  We had a blast stopping for a beer in each new town, sleeping in crappy motels, and peeing on the side of the road. At Port Douglas, we went helmet diving and snorkelling, which was pretty … Continue reading

Round and round the bar we go

On my last night in New Orleans, recently, I heard about the Carousel Bar, which of course I had to try.  There were no zebras or pink elephants on this carousel, just a round bar with a wooden bartop and stools which revolved slowly around the 2 barmen in the center.  I waltzed over, took … Continue reading

Voting in America

Holy crap, the politics here confuses me.  We all hear about the Democrats and Republicans, who seem to be locked in a perpetual Puerto Rican knife fight on a seesaw.  The words democracy and republic are good words with a lot of similarities but somehow they’ve been chosen as opposing labels in this strange land.  … Continue reading

Attack of the killer pumpkins

When I recently heard that there was a pumpkin tossing festival in Denver, I couldn’t resist.  They call it Punkin Chunkin.  Now throwing gourds in the air might sound like a bit of frivolous fun, but it’s a seriously competitive and highly technical competition involving heavy equipment and scientific precision.  There’s regional, national and international … Continue reading

How do you say beer in Japanese?

A few weeks ago, I went to a random brewery after work on a Friday, as I’m wont.  That’s when I bumped into 2 random Japanese guys who were working in Ohio and had come to NYC just for a beer weekend.  Seriously, they came to NYC not to see Lady Liberty and Central Park, … Continue reading

Harald the Dragon

Norway wants to pillage us all again, it seems.  They recently built an authentic-sized viking ship and sailed it over here via Greenland, where they presumably stopped to pick up weapons and raiding supplies.  Their raping and pillaging expedition of the Americas nearly came to an abrupt end when Canada’s beuracratic rules almost halted them … Continue reading

Sprinting for suds

The gun sounded and we were off running.  I’d already placed myself at the very front to avoid the inevitable mob of penguins, but staying there once the race started proved a bit beyond me.  As I quickly ran out of breath and slowed my pace, I started counting the people ahead of me: 19, … Continue reading

Jersey Murals

I was working in Jersey City lately, in the Grove St area and I spotted numerous, intricate, pretty murals everywhere.  I’m not sure why so many people make the effort to create these large murals on different buildings but it really helped spruce up the ‘hood. This was only the 2nd time in 4 years … Continue reading

Fat Val Kilmer goes tubing

I was invited upstate with some friends to try my hand at white water tubing.  It sounded sort of like white water rafting but without the raft, paddles or safety precautions.  More like jumping into a rubber doughnut and letting the river whisk you down the rapids. The TripAdvisor reviews were splendidly polarised.  Half the … Continue reading

Pizza in the far east

I finally got around to visiting Roberta’s, one of New York’s most hip pizza joints.  They’ve won michelin stars and plenty of awards but the thing that had kept me away until now was their location in the far east.  Not Asia; just Bushwick, but as a Manhattanite I can rarely be arsed to journey … Continue reading

The creation of Adam’s beer

When you walk into a random brewery in Denver and see 2 guys just posing like this … Brilliant.

The Bowie package at Red Rocks

Just outside of Denver is a picturesque set of rock formations making large, slanted walls like a stegosaurus’ plates or a waddle of penguins leaning into a brisque wind.  It’s a stunning view from the city, looks even better up close, appears heavenly at dusk, and is mesmerising when accompanied by a giant projection of … Continue reading

Top Dogs of Mt Sanitas

I was working in Colorado recently, which is known for mountains, health, weed, and craft beer.  I spent a weekend in Boulder and got up at 6am to hike Mt Sanitas.  It was quite steep and full of stony steps, and even though I powered past an elderly woman near the start, she caught me … Continue reading

Cards Against The Strand

Bookshops and libraries are for reverant, studious people right?  You’d think so but you’d be wrong.  It’s for horrible people. I found this out when The Strand (famous NYC bookstore) recently hosted a Cards Against Humanity event, sponsored by Coney Island Brewery.  This event was held in their Rare Books room, which is probably usually … Continue reading

Do the Harlem Shake

I finally paid a visit to a funky shake & burger place in Harlem called Harlem Shake.  It’s wonderfully retro and pays homage to black heritage with photos of local folk everywhere. Harlem Shake is also the name of a 2013 dance craze that you have to see to understand. Links below. My favourite Harlem … Continue reading

Old Razzle Dazzle, Ole

My sister and I recently saw Chicago on Broadway.  She was definitely the right person to see it with because we were both already in love with the movie version so we knew all of the words by-heart.  Roxy Hart was clearly a little older than the others but she was impressively vibrant and lithe, … Continue reading

Sofar Sounds

My sister is in NYC right now and we somehow stumbled onto Sofar Sounds.  It’s an event where they list intimate band nights at secret locations around the city.  There’s a strict head-count to keep things small, and you mostly can only get in by online lottery.  Best of all, it’s BYO so everyone brings … Continue reading

Stana the cowboy

My dreams came true recently when I nabbed a ticket to see the Flight of the Conchords at a small show in New York.  They’re a musical duo from New Zealand who perform hilarious songs of various styles with a comedic tone that is distinctly antipodean.  They also created a TV show a few years … Continue reading

The Little Red Lighthouse That Could

A few weeks ago, the Little Red Lighthouse had an open day.  Open Days are a New York thing where they open private buildings to the public to take a squiz inside. The lighthouse itself wasn’t much more than a steel shell with a winding staircase, but it was interesting to hear the history and … Continue reading

Tossing the dough babies

My close acquaintances know not to expect any culinary skills from me other than the ability to open the microwave or unscrew a bottle top.  I’ve probably never cooked a meal in my life except for pizza, which for some strange reason I learned how to make from scratch, by watching Jamie Oliver videos on … Continue reading

Fight at a Missy Higgins concert

Missy Higgins is a folk singer from Australia whose earthy, simple and deep music I enjoy.  She recently came to NYC to play at Rough Trade NYC, which is some kind of huge, hip record store from London with a nice stage out the back that is perfect for an intimate concert. Predictably, half the … Continue reading

Heavy auntie gaming

What are the odds that you meet up with your retired, long-lost auntie and she plays Agricola, one of the most revered, heavy, modern strategy games? Over the course of a few nights, we also played Tzolk’in, Endeavor, Notre Dame, Egezia, and Innovation. Impressive, non?

Office Space prank

I was working with a really friendly team in Baltimore and one of them had to take a few weeks off for hip surgery.  This is how they welcomed him home… His cubicle was filled with 900 balloons, blown up by an army of jokers.  They had to surround the cubicle in plastic sheets to … Continue reading

Annabel Lee

Continuing my Edgar Allan Poe craving of late, I made a journey to the Annabel Lee Tavern in Baltimore.  The tavern itself isn’t historic at all, but the owner is a huge Poe fan.  The decorations were ominously perfect for a spooky pint and a misgiving meatloaf. Poe’s Annabel Lee – http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/annabel-lee/ A neat short … Continue reading

The Twin Towers started here

Colonial Williamsburg (the one in Virginia, not the one with all the moustache wax, skinny jeans and bow ties) copped some flack recently when they streamed historic scenes of America in their Superbowl ad and included footage of the Twin Towers falling down.  People got offended because … well … hmmm … that’s what people like … Continue reading

A wise old owl

While in Baltimore, I visited a fantastic historical bar that used to be a speakeasy, named the Owl Bar.  The entrance was tucked away to the side of the Belvedere Hotel’s foyer, looking like a small coat room with velvet curtains.  Those concealing curtains led into a huge, beautiful room with ornate brickwork, stained glass … Continue reading

Master of Macabre

I’m no literary buff but when I realised that I was near the Edgar Allan Poe house in Richmond, Virginia, I figured I should have a sticky.  I read ‘The Raven’ to myself first to get into the mood of course, because it was the only one of his works that I actually knew (and … Continue reading

Dry as a dead dingo’s donger

Having been raised in tropical heat with a sea breeze, I never understood the concept of dry heat … until just recently.  Phoenix taught me, particularly when I went for my regular, weekend, outdoor run and I barely sweated.  The surrounding desert seems to suck the life out of everything.  I usually associate dry lips … Continue reading


My companion and I visited Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia – who knew?! Through some twist of legendary fortitude and fate, we managed to visit 5 breweries in one weekend. The most interesting was, by far, Strangeways Brewing, who brewed a wide body of ales and then proceeded to offer a dizzying … Continue reading

Smuggling budgies in The Big City

My sister and I were standing in a subway car when a girl suddenly took her pants off and stood there in her knickers.  She got off at the next stop and then a man and his small son began doing the same thing before the following stop.  Two stops later, my sister and I … Continue reading

Cthulhu pizza

On New Year’s Eve, I visited old friends in a really old cottage in Biddenden, UK.  We walked the English countryside, played German board games, wore Star Wars onesies, drank Belgian beer, and generally mucked about aplenty.  We also took turns cooking, which gave me the chance to summon the meal that I’d practised once … Continue reading

Small Imperial Shuttle

While I was in Europe with my companion, we headed over to the UK to meet a few of my old friends for some jolly, dapper, English cottage board gaming in Biddenden.  Driving a French car on British roads proved surprisingly easy until the sun set and the country lanes became progressively thinner, with local … Continue reading

Shake It, Shake It Baby

I went to Amsterdam near Christmas and I did my best to try everything, as I’m wont to do – Gouda cheese, stroopwafels, brown cafes, regional beer, Gezellig pubs and most of all the red light district.  I loved Amsterdam’s cheese shops because of their multiple, well-stocked tasting stations throughout their stores where you could … Continue reading

99 Red Balloons

Just before Christmas, I managed to convince 2 friends to go with me to a pop-up, interactive art exhibit without them knowing anything about it.  We had to wake up early and wait in the cold for an hour but all of our doubts subsided as soon as we walked in and saw a room … Continue reading