Life around the world

Along with your hobbies and your favourite colour, talking about your brothers and sisters is one of the things you learn to say first in foreign language classes.

Life around the world

I grew up on the edge of a big city in the middle of England called Birmingham. It’s an OK place. It’s not beautiful or anything like that.

Life around the world

‘Dry clean only’ is probably a phrase that you have seen before. You see it on the labels of certain pieces of clothing – like smart jackets, trousers and skirts, and ties or other silk garments.

Life around the world

Science and technology

My computer desktop is a bit like my handbag: it’s full of things I either don’t need or don’t use, it looks untidy, and I’m not quite sure where a lot of the stuff has come from.

Life around the world

If you’re following this blog, you’re probably at the age when you realise that your parents haven’t always told you the truth.


A few weeks ago, I was sitting in Departures at Orly Airport in Paris with nothing much to do.

Science and technology

By today’s standards, my mobile phone is pretty rubbish. It’s a Nokia 1616.


‘When you’re small you’re like a piece of paper with nothing written on it.


There is one shop on my road in Berlin which really stands out from the rest. Himo is nestled in between a closed-down supermarket and a quiet, tired-seeming hairdressers.

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