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Hello UK

Dear all,

Putting the blog into mothballs for the time being now that I’m back in the UK. Thanks so much for the messages and feedback and I’ll be seeing (some of) you in the near future. In the meantime, check out the graphic below and see how many fellow readers you reckon you can identify from their location. Djibouti is a no-brainer.

Lots of love,


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Overheard conversations vol 7

Walking past an interactive display window in Midtown. A woman is flapping her arms and, on the screen in front of her, a cartoon penguin flaps its arms too.

Woman: (smiling, continues to flap arms)

Man: Natasha – Natasha – now do a head spin.

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Midnight on the D train

P1000742Christmas came early with a trip to the New York Metropolitan Opera last night. Don Giovanni shagged his way through the female populace before being dragged down to hell by the devil. Stirring stuff.

The building that houses the Met Opera is pretty cool – think old theatre meets the 50’s view of the future. Lots of sweeping staircases and quirky curves going on. The chandeliers also deserve a mention – there’s one in the top left looking like a lit firework. They were made of crystal and looked like the kind of thing you might see on the Jetsons.

The D train runs local after 11pm, which means I don’t have to change trains to get home. The highlight of this particular ride home was a Chinese man who got on a few stops after us. He proceeded to stand smack in the middle of the carriage and do what I have always dreamed of – stay upright without holding on to anything. He was really extremely good. I snuck a couple of looks. Here’s what I noticed (in this order):

  • His fists were balled up.
  • He was staring with intensity at a point in the middle distance.
  • The girl who’d got on the same stop as him was looking at him warily.

“What of it?” I thought to myself. “She’s probably just as amazed as I am; this guy is a PRO at balancing.”

I decided to point this out to DSpin.

“Check this guy out!” I whispered. “He’s not holding on!”

“Do you think it helps that he isn’t wearing any shoes?” asked DSpin.

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Through a school friend, EmJay, I nabbed myself ticket to the opening night of ‘Emotional Creature’ the new play by Eve Ensler of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ fame. They were interviewing afterwards. Skip to 9 secs to enjoy the expression on my face as I try to think of a single adjective to describe the show…

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Overheard conversations vol 6

Walking towards three girls wrapped in winter coats. Two of them each sit in their own plastic sledge, one facing the other. Each holds tightly to the other girl’s sledge. The remaining girl is standing and she holds the reins of one sledge. She begins to heave and the group moves a couple of inches. We get closer.

Girl 1: We’re travelling transcontinental!

Me: Good job, you guys look pretty impressive.

Girl 1: We’ve travelled half a block in three days!

Me: Keep it up!

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Walk #3 – Vinegar Hill to Fort Greene

After several days of drizzle, the sun came out today. Here are a few photos of walk number three.

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Overheard conversations vol 5

Image10 year old girl on a school trip approaches me drawing one of the figures from a plinth at the Brooklyn Museum.

Girl: I like your drawing.

Me: Thank you.

Girl: Are you drawing with rocks?

Me: No, they’re rubbers. (Mental facepalm at recollection that ‘rubber’ means ‘condom’ here and not ‘eraser’.) I mean, they’re erasers.

Girl: Oh. How do you draw with erasers?