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January 18: Standing up, brushing off…

Back in 1988, I got an MSc in Politics and Sociology from Birkbeck College, University of London. One of my most vivid memories of that time was being stuck in traffic outside the Houses of Parliament (I used to drive … Continue reading

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October 12: The day I finished my novel

I once worked with a woman, let’s call her H., who, several years later, I bumped into in Chiswick High Road, near our house in London. We had coffee. She regaled me with her wonderful life, her amazing achievements, her … Continue reading

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September 19: a restaurant and a novel…

I know, the word restaurant comes first in this blog’s name, and lots of people probably come looking for interesting stuff about the restaurant, and they get me and my crap old boring novel and a cat instead. I really … Continue reading

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June 29: Don’t give up

Lori La Locataire (it means Lori the tenant, but it just sounds so much more like her in French), who lives in our house in London, gave me some terrific advice the other day, advice she’s picked up from an … Continue reading

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June 14: 93,000 words

When something prevents me from writing The Novel, I imagine my characters hanging about impatient and frustrated, waiting for the next thing to happen. The likeliest place for most of them to wait is at the restaurant that figures largely … Continue reading

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June 9: Rain or shine

There have been some spectacular thunderstorms lately. Nice usually has its own unique microclimate, so we’re not really aware of what goes on in the mountains right behind us, but recently it feels like they’re right on top of us, … Continue reading

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June 4: Apartment envy

I’ve been on a few uncomfortable train journeys over the decades. Two in particular stand out: from Hothot in Mongolia to where I forget now, but it took 12 hours, for all of which I had to stand upright in … Continue reading

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