Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Other Nipple

It’s nice to be back in Ireland. It’s nice to hear the accents. It’s nice to walk into a shop and not have to rehearse what I’m going to say in my head. It’s nice to be able to cross … Continue reading

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Grateful

Sometimes, living in a small city with a small airport is great. Today, my taxi came at 2:10 pm. I was sitting in my seat on the plane at 3:10 pm. It’s not everywhere you can do that. I was … Continue reading

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In which your hero fails to do a weekend away properly

Some of you may remember that last September, I went to Istanbul. I went without money and my friend and my sister funded the whole venture. I couldn’t afford to see the Hagia Sophia, the number one tourist attraction in … Continue reading

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Umbilicality

When I was in psychiatric hospital in 2002, I met a mild-mannered, middle-aged man who had vaguely known my grandad when he was alive. People in psychiatric hospitals don’t always talk about why they’re there, especially older people, but this … Continue reading

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Embracing my inner middle-aged German

This was my second last weekend in Slovenia. I had decided I would like to see more of the Balkans, and had settled on Croatia. Initially, I wanted to see Split and Dubrovnik, but they were just too far away. … Continue reading

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Tales from SaunaLand

Most people spend the final summer of their PhD buried in work. Most people don’t have time for a social life in the closing stages of their PhD. If someone, like me, has effectively spent two of the four years … Continue reading

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I fought the Law. Kind of.

I write this post standing up. I’ll leave it to your imaginations as to why I’m choosing not to sit.  This evening, I got a message from my gentleman friend. He messaged me his address, told me which bus to get, … Continue reading

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