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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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Things Noticed in America (part 2) – J-Walking

In California the law is that pedestrians have right of way, but it’s also the law that you can cross only at designated places at designated times. It would be interesting to try arranging this exact rule in different places … Continue reading

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Observations from Americaland, Part 1

While Clare and I were travelling around California, Nevada and Arizona, we noticed a few small differences between good ole New Zealand and the US of A. Okay, there are the big-ticket items, such as the different language, the dysfunctional … Continue reading

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The Nickel Tour

Far far too much to summarized about the trip Clare and I have been taking in the USA. We hired a car in San Diego and headed east. We did a drive-by of quite a few sights and sounds rather … Continue reading

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