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  • guest soap, good soap, guests

    Be Your Guest

    Who exactly are these people that we save all our nicest things for? Are they ever going to actually show up? Or should we just keep polishing the silver, just in case? I was…

    July 9, 2018
  • humour

    The Practice Diary

    I’ve never kept a proper diary before–but who says your first try at it can’t be public? I’m currently reading David Sedaris’ Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). From the title, you can guess it…

    April 1, 2018
  • Coffee cup, mornings, early, ugh

    An Early Bird in the Hand (or: How to Wake Up)

    Today’s attempt to wake up early like successful people do. Maybe I have to face the fact that I’m never going to be a morning person and just go back to bed. There’s that saying…

    October 4, 2017
  • humour travel

    Goodbye to Buy

    Nobody wants to drag a 25kg bag around Scotland. Unless it’s full of really good whisky. A few reasons to buy less. On my most recent trip to the UK, I bought a leather…

    August 14, 2017
  • humour

    Management Skills for the Time Rich

    It may not seem like it, but is having too much time on your hands a bit of a problem? I agree it’s wholly unlikely, but let’s pretend it is and explore it anyway.…

    March 21, 2017
  • travel

    A Nerd Abroad

    Pack early, pack often. You’d think getting obsessive about travel planning would suck the fun out of a holiday, but for some of us, it only enhances it. Last week, I started writing a…

    January 23, 2017
  • humour

    Holiday Traditions – A Remix

    Bored of the same old holiday traditions year after year? Create some new and exciting ones involving dogs, baths and hard liquor (not at the same time). At this time of year, there’s a…

    December 15, 2016
  • humour

    Aural Interference

    I’ve written before about how I’m a sometime fan of talking to strangers, despite having mixed results. Over the years, I’ve pared back my willingness to chat, saving it for times I’m travelling (and crossing paths with a…

    October 10, 2016