When you make a spectacularly awful joke…

The person on the extreme left of this panel looks like he made a spectacularly awful joke but nobody is having it.  There is not even a trace of a smile on anybody’s face. Joke maker’s reaction: “I’ll just get my coat then!” Everybody else’s reaction: “K” Hope that made you laugh! Have a good…

Work week and rostering

For a lot of us worker bees here in the Middle East, the work week begins tomorrow. Even if your job is not a drudgery, the very fact that you need to get back into a routine puts you off. However, for as long as humans have had a settled, non-nomadic lifestyle there have probably…

The 2014 Book Mosaic

The one resolution that I remember having made last year for myself was to read 52 books over the year. Imagine my dismay then when around the 2nd week of December I realised I was still in the paltry mid-20s. Over the next few days I began reading books like I was possessed. There is…

What I Hate…

I wrote this a while ago but hadn’t posted it before..so here goes It always begins as almost every other begins. After a few frantic minutes of “has anyone seen my keys” or “my phone is missing”, I get into my car puffing and panting like a steam engine pulling an overly burdensome load. I…

Buy Two Books Get Kitty Free

The bookstore at the Hemingway house at Key West, Florida is a treat not just for fans of the author but also for cat lovers. Frisky, dignified, curious, uninterested- you name it but cats of all attitudes inhabit the house and the shop. A must see destination!  

How Many Typos Can You Spot?

Guess who used Google Translate? A long time ago, I wrote a crazy post about an upmarket hotel that had a brochure with an atrocious number of typos in it. On my visit to Italy last year, I chanced upon an equally hilarious document (this time at the Ramada Naples) that was stuck on the…

The Perfect Place for a Wedding Photograph?

I am not particularly confident about candid photographs especially those of newly-wed couples- so the photograph above is for obvious reasons not zoomed in on the couple who were posing for their official photographer. The scenario set me thinking- agreed the colosseum is an impressive monument to have as a background to a photo- but…

What kind of a reader are you?

After my very successful (ok the blog got a few hits alright?) post about discovering the kind of traveller you are, I have now decided to delve into another area of interest- reading. No two people are ever alike and as there are different styles of travelling there are also different styles of reading. This…

Lego Ergo Sum- Book Review

Short stories that are hypothetical conjectures of one’s afterlife are not normally the stuff that great books are made of- or so one thinks. Yet reading ‘Sum’, a relatively small book composed of 40 even smaller short stories about what human after-lives could be, has made me realise that with a bit of imagination and…