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Bibliophilic Calgary

I’m writing this in Cafe Milano, a casual 5-minute walk from the central metro line that bisects Calgary’s main shopping district. I ordered a flat white – the flavour is good, but there’s too much milk. So far, this may … Continue reading

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Some Idle Thoughts on Germany

This will be somewhat shorter than my musings on America, because I was in Germany for a much shorter period and travelled far less extensively whilst there. I had comprehensive tours of Frankfurt and Ravensburg, courtesy of native friends.

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Going Right in America- Observations Part 7

It’s all-too-easy to get involved with niggly discussions about traffic. Everyone’s got some pet anxiety or irritation. Mine is the Webb & Taranaki intersection. It’s linked to Karo Drive, so that if you turn left off Karo Drive you can … Continue reading

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Postcard from America – Part 6 of my casual observations

I decided on this trip that I would send back postcards, as a kind of combination of correspondence and memento. The knick-knacks that I’ve usually foisted on people always seem both tacky and irrelevant, but a post-card is like a … Continue reading

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Part 5: Home of the Huddled Masses

I am told that the Statue of Liberty bears the following inscription: Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. A cursory study of American history shows that in “modern” times, it is a land of … Continue reading

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Land of the Free, Part 4: Public Affection

Over the past few years there has been an ongoing debate about the rights of homosexual couples to various property rights and various social standings: Marriage and all that jazz. The “issue” of homosexuality is something I’ve always struggled with, … Continue reading

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Part 3 of the Observations from America: Tipping and Taxes

When I was a kid in South Africa, we always used to tip. My Ma’s strategy was always to leave a small pile of coins hidden below the dishes. When I’ve gone back to Africa as an adult, there have … Continue reading

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