Category Archives: Nice

March 9: On a clear day

We are so close to the Italian border here that we go quite often. Usually, we go to the market in Ventimiglia and buy buffalo mozzarella, gorgonzola dolcelatte made with mascarpone, vegetables such as crunchy punterelle, which we never see … Continue reading

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January 10: A march and a run

25,000 people showed up to march in homage to the people killed at Charlie Hebdo in Paris – a really considerable number for a smallish town like Nice. It was very moving, and the first time I’ve ever been part … Continue reading

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October 5: A few pictures per week

It’s been about 20 weeks since I last updated this blog. How can I restart after all this time, I say to Joel, who is sitting next to me on his computer, sniffling about the Chelsea-Arsenal result (2-0). He says, … Continue reading

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May 27: Heading for the hills

  When I was a child in Ireland my father used to take us on Sunday Drives. I think we went to Kippure in the Wicklow mountains several times. This was a transmitter mast for RTE, the television station where … Continue reading

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February 1: A change of heart

When I was writing my last blog, I was convinced I couldn’t run the 10k Prom Classic, but guess what? I did. It wasn’t the end of the boring running phase at all. I weighed up the possibility of feeling … Continue reading

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December 19: The end of the boring running phase

My nephew Jack, who turns 18 this year, is coming to Nice on January 6 to run the Prom Classic 10k with Joel. We’re totally thrilled about this, to the point where I thought I even might try to run … Continue reading

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October 23: Why so long?

 There were three amazing-looking guys in the gym last night, not your regular gym-rats, but those sort of dancer/gymnast/martial artists that are just mesmerising to watch because they seem to be able to do anything with ease. They were doing … Continue reading

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