Last week, reports emerged about Big Bird being seen at an over-18s festival. This sprang to mind when Labour leader Ed Miliband began to get involved in the Scottish referendum. It was as if Eddie laddie had gatecrashed the wrong party.
And the leaders of the Yes and No campaigns, Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, seemed to land you straight in an episode of the Muppet Show. Now you may well ask: ‘Aren’t you being a bit too harsh about the Scots?’ That’s because they spoke about…
Posted on September 22, 2014 at 10:55am
Last weekend, Amsterdam seemed rather dingy. Amsterdam is an open-air museum populated by completely inebriated, cannabis-smoking tourists and a local population who congratulate themselves on being so tolerant. But all these different facets of society live in completely parallel worlds. Everyone seemed to be pigeonholed: by attitude, clothes and behaviour.
Do you know what I missed most? A sense of adventure. The impression that people are really living here, these are…Continue
Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:58am
Each country has its own guidelines for passport photos. The Dutch guidelines included: don’t smile and uncover your ears. ‘Well, look at me,’ said another woman. She retrieved a scarf from her bag and folded it around her head. Neither ears nor hair were on display. ‘My embassy demands it!’ she yelled. Might there be countries that insisted on a burka?
It makes me angry: law-abiding citizens are being treated as potential terrorists, only to be shot down because the airline flies…
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:57pm
I’ve been to watch the Tour de France with my sister, in London, because I’ve been living there for the past six weeks. The Tour’s finish line was within walking distance.
Londoners ride their bikes kitted out with knee, elbow and head protection, plus a flashing light. And they cycle at high speed, as if they’re out to win the Tour de France. There is a general lack of cycling lanes, which makes it dangerous, but the cyclists themselves don’t improve matters. I’ve made up my…Continue
Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:27am