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  • Another fine day

    I got up at 6:30 this morning, scarfed down a punnet of blueberries, and went for a run on the Green Corridor. As I ran onto it, I saw a sign declaring that it would be shut for excavations from the 19th of September until 2019. All year, my favourite route has been on borrowed […]

  • Mountain Dew in Mountain View

    This evening I took a Lyft down to Mountain View from Menlo Park. Sat in the back of a car, idly reading through my RSS feed, I grew more and more nauseous as we negotiated the rush hour traffic. In retrospect, what I should have done is taken the bus from the campus down to […]

  • Sarong Party Girls

    Leaving Seattle this evening, I strayed into the Hudson News and was distracted by the bright red cover of Sarong Party Girls, along with the 40% off sticker. Regretfully, it was in hardback but I had my Kindle with me and downloaded a copy to read on the plane. (Sorry, Hudson News, but my back […]

  • Withdrawing from life

    Last night we went out for a friend’s birthday, first at a stunningly strange, art-deco inspired building constructed in the late 1990s (complete with a three storey stack of wine attended to by a ‘wine angel’ on a hoist pulled by a straining, possibly clockwork motor) and then on to an Italian restaurant behind a […]

  • The long slow wait for the long slow boat to Bintan

    I admit, I’ve been spoiled. When travelling to another country by ferry, I’ve been accustomed to the speed and efficiency of the Hong Kong-Macau ferry. You’d turn up at the terminal and usually be in a boat in less than an hour. And in Singapore, the efficiency of the airport is second to none. Maybe […]

  • Pollen

    Tonight I went to Pollen, a fairly ludicrous restaurant in the quite-ridiculous Flower Dome at the Gardens By The Bay. There I sat, in air conditioned splendour one degree north of the equator, freezing half to death in a giant building full of tulips. It’s a good life if you don’t weaken.

  • Bad air day

    I left the office at 6:30 today and there was a smell of smoke in the air. The end of the road looked further away than usual, slightly grey. I looked at the air quality app on my phone. 150. It’s 99 in Beijing right now. That’s moderate. 150 is at the point when “Active […]

  • At the National Gallery

    Last night there was a party in the flat above us. I’m not sure if it was a Chinese New Year party (it would have been a day late) or just a regular make-a-huge-bellowing-noise-every-ten-minutes-for-four-hours party. Either way, the yelling continued until about two a.m. I couldn’t sleep at all, and I was quite surprised that […]

  • Coffee and cuteness

    Predictably, after yesterday’s battering I couldn’t face going for a run today. As well as my backside, my hands and my elbows my shoulders were sore and I was allowed a rest day on my training schedule anyway, so we celebrated Chinese New Year by not doing very much to begin with, and then rushing […]

  • Queenstown Library

    We went to the Queenstown Public Library this afternoon; it’s slightly more convenient than the National Library to get to, as it’s just four stops on the train and then a short walk past a building site. Since they demolished the derelict Queenstown Bowling Centre a few years ago, there’s really nothing in Queenstown, whereas […]