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  • Blue Wednesday

    I felt quite blue all afternoon today, possibly because it rained, or because I kept having coding issues, or because La Serpiente had coughed half the night and I’d had to lie in her bed to console her while she coughed at me. At least, I think I slept there. I woke up on Destroyer’s […]

  • Blue Singapore once more

    The haze has returned, an inconsistent blight upon the city. I check aqicn.org compulsively, obsessing over whether the PM2.5 count is above or below 100 for the past hour, either locking the windows shut against the pollution or opening everything up to let “clean” (below 100) air into the flat. The children, unused to being […]

  • What do you want?

    I had a long and gloomy and somewhat productive conversation with my wife tonight, about where my life is going and what I’m doing with it and what it is I want to be doing. Although the problem seems to be that I don’t know what I want to be doing, or I haven’t been […]

  • A sad Monday

    There’s a haze settling over Singapore at the moment, possibly the result of forest fires in Indonesia. It’s not rained properly so far this year, just a desultory shower a couple of weeks ago, and as the grass yellows, the air gets slightly tacky and funny-tasting. I didn’t do much at the office today; I […]

  • Worn down, worn out

    At nine, I awoke, at least technically. While I emerged from the bed and moved around the apartment, gathering breakfast and rearranging dirty cutlery, it was little more than a facsimile of a fugue state, a poor photocopy of a somnambulist’s wanderings. I was exhausted, that bone-deep fatigue that robs you of any hope that […]

  • Something for nothing

    Everybody wants something for nothing. At the airport today, buying gin in the duty free shop, I let slip that I work for a travel company and the man serving me immediately asked how he could get a better deal on flights to Australia. I asked him if he could do me a discount on […]