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  • Some of the books I’ve read this year

    Lately, I’ve been less than assiduous at writing up all the books that I’ve read this year. In an attempt to catch up before the end of the year, here’s a short list of them:

  • Wakey wakey

    I was up at 5 this morning, unable to sleep. I got up and went to the toilet, sure I was being quiet, only for La Serpiente to intercept me in the living room after I’d done my business. She was clutching Uncle Genk, her favourite teddy bear, and insisting that I had an animal […]

  • Books I read in 2017

    I read 35 books this year (reviewed here, except for A Horse Walks Into A Bar, a “serious portrait of a shocking stand-up” that I found atrocious and pointless). This was a slight disappointment to me – I’d hoped to average one book per week, but I think binge-watching the entirety of Game Of Thrones […]

  • Cold days

    This morning, still feeling tired, I forced myself to go for a run; one that turned out to be quite tough. I then made life harder for myself by going to work in shorts – after all, I do live in a tropical country. But I work in an air-conditioned office, and it feels like […]

  • Men Love Pies, Girls Like Hummus

    Today I baked a cake from Men Love Pies, Girls Like Hummus, a cookery book I borrowed from the library solely on the strength of its title. I borrowed three books: one by Gordon Ramsay that had at least one example of egregious copy-and-paste, a compendium of recipes from Epicurious, and Men Love Pies, Girls […]

  • Special delivery

    I was out late at a work function today, which meant I didn’t get home until after eight o’clock, hardly playing the part of the dutiful son or father. My parents flew in today via Dubai, and regrettably I wasn’t around to greet them. This was a particularly egregious failing as they’d brought with them […]

  • Dirt Candy

    Last week when we went to the library, my wife picked up Dirt Candy, a cookbook from a fashionable New York vegetable restaurant. (Note that it’s a vegetable restaurant and not a vegetarian restaurant, as the author and chef takes pains to point out. The former celebrates the wonders and tastes of things you dig […]

  • What I learned this week

    My phone is trying to tell me something. Or get me into trouble. Look at what happens if I try to tell my wife that I’m having a shitstorm at work: I’m not sure if this means my phone is making racist generalisations, or trying to provoke rage in my wife at apparent confessions of […]

  • Parasites Like Us

    I finished Parasites Like Us at fifteen minutes past midnight this morning, and, after reading a book where the whole world perishes from some kind of bird/swine flu, in some show of irony I now can’t stop sneezing.

  • Things I learned this weekend

    I’m trying to be more structured about what I post, so today I thought I’d write up what the key things were that I think I learned this weekend – read on for something about dinosaurs, coffee, Elmore Leonard, haze, the importance of reservations, and more about the haze.

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