New beginnings, new resolutions- 5 tips

With the beginning of every new year, I’m sure most of us make an entire shopping list of resolutions- wake up early, work out more, eat healthier, read more, laugh more, stress less and so on and so forth. And yet within a few weeks, if not days, most of us have reverted to our…

Year in review: 10 images from 2017

Wow! 2017 is almost done. In a few more hours, we will begin a new year. A new cycle of winter, spring, summer and fall or summer, fall, winter and spring if you live in the southern hemisphere- at least in fashion if not in real weather patterns. 2017 was my first full calendar year…

Book reflections

A couple of days ago I very triumphantly posted to my Twitter account stating that I had completed my annual target of reading 52 books. Almost as soon as I posted it, I started getting doubts. Had I really read 52 books or had I made some kind of mistake which left me a few…

Work in progress

Once again, I have been away from my blog for quite some time. There have been quite a number of reasons- the easiest was probably that I was extremely busy at work from about the beginning of October until well into November. However, I have also been thinking about the future of this blog. Not…

Climb every mountain

I guess I’m old enough to have belonged to a generation that grew up listening to songs from movies like ‘The Sound of Music’. Songs in these musicals must have shaped the lives and dreams of millions of people in the same way that music continues to mould and shape lives and aspirations these days-…

More Sweetly Play The Dance

A fortnight ago I visited the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on the outskirts of Copenhagen. It was a very last minute decision made when I was already on the train to another destination but life’s like that. Over the 12 years or so that I’ve actively been visiting museums and art collections, the way…

Weekend Doodle inspired by the season

I like working on these kinds of doodles- apart from being a great way to absorb your time, it also tells you something important. Looked at from a distance, this design looks fairly pretty, but look at it closely and you will spot all kinds of flaws. I think it’s a bit like life. We…

What are you doing for the environment?

Almost all of us bloggers here on wordpress love those beautiful landscape images. Images of unbroken canopies of forest green or verdant slopes of alpine mountains in spring, of unsullied crystal blue waters of a stream or even the sparkling sands of a desert. We love them all and can’t get enough of them either…

European Union and Brexit

I’m neither European nor British but over a decade ago I chose to do my Masters in Contemporary European Studies. Contemporary in that we didn’t focus on anything before World War II. I then followed that up with a 6 month internship at the European Commission in Brussels so I got a chance to observe…

Random Musings

Theme a la Murakami Working in my hotel room in the middle of nowhere, I was suddenly overcome by this urge to listen to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. You know, one of those urges that you cannot resist. When that bit of music becomes an earworm that you can get out only by actually listening to…

Been a While

Just when I thought I was being spectacularly regular on my blog I got sidetracked. Awfully. So much so that I think it has nearly been a week since I last posted or even visited my blog. It’s probably not a bad thing to take a break once in a while- it gives you a…