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Feb.10.2013
“Change your city, change your luck.”  It is a Jewish saying, my osteopath told me. In a Russian fairy tale, the Tzar bids his sons go into an open field with their bows and arrows, and aim into the air.  Where their arrows land, there lie their fortunes. In my case, I wrote the names of...
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Feb.03.2013
We had some snow, a couple of weeks ago.  Soft, white powder sifted out of a dark grey sky all day, without stopping.  Eventually, the dusting on the ground and roofs thickened to a cloak, and muffled the city sounds.  I love snow.  The crunching under my boots, the sensation...
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Jan.31.2013
You’re meeting a friend you have not seen for a while, for coffee or lunch.  The setting must be conducive to a leisurely, free flowing conversation.  Without eavesdroppers. You take all the necessary steps beforehand.  You arrive at the restaurant or coffee shop early, and secure...
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Jan.27.2013
"I tried to call you."     How many times have you heard that one? It is annoying enough when friends say it but when I hear it in a professional context,  I have to repress my instinct to pounce.   With the greatest respect to my fellow showbiz people, actors and casting...
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Jan.20.2013
  In a café, after a West End matinée.  My friend has just introduced me to an acquaintance of hers, then left us alone to go and order tea.  “So what did you think of the show?” he asks. I reply, “Well, I enjoyed the number with –” “Where are you from?” I am interrupted mid-sentence...
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Jan.15.2013
Really is a word we  really use really a lot.  Really.  In fact, every few sentences, really.  I am not really sure why.   Now, really! There is no need to get uppity about this.  It's really just a case of trying to understand the reason for the popularity of this...
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Jan.13.2013
I have a favourite artefact at the British Museum.  One I never fail to go and admire, whenever I happen to be visiting this treasure trove of international archeology. Hebrew Astrolabe (front view) Copyright Trustees of the British Museum It was a couple of years ago.  I was lucky...
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Jan.06.2013
Traditionally, it is La Befana – and not Father Christmas – who brings gifts to the children of Central Italy.  It is on the morning of the Epiphany, that children would wake up to find packages under their beds.  If they had been good children for the preceding twelve months, of...
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Jan.02.2013
On the Tube, the conductor's announcement is so loud, the sound is fuzzy and incomprehensible.  I plug my fingers into my ears and meet the eyes of other passengers.  They are impassive; their curiosity at my reaction, unemotional.  In the street, the shriek of the ambulance...
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Dec.23.2012
    Instead of the usual blog, a short story, for a change.  A gift.  The season demands it.  I hope you enjoy it.     Christmas Eve*     She scratched the paint off the woodwork with her fingernails.  There was a hollow, there, on the side of the...