Tag Archives: Rome

20 December 2019

I’m finding the slide towards Christmas harder with every year that passes. I like the family coming together. I like the decorative part of the season: the tree-dressing and… well that’s it really. The thing that gets me is presents. … Continue reading

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12 November 2018

  We’ve had so many people staying recently that I had to resort to the industrial-scale washing and drying machines in the very purple-hued local launderette to deal with my mountain of sheets and towels. Unfortunately, because days and days … Continue reading

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23 February 2018

Rome taxi drivers. They’re generally fairly unlikeable, like the one who took us to Termini station today. Laminated sheets of A5 stuck to the dashboard and the back of the front passenger seat welcomed fares who sat meekly and let … Continue reading

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12 January 2016

It’s incredible how light is so determining. One morning last week I opened the shutters to find a dull, numbing grey rather than the kind of knock-you-sideways dazzle that had been half-blinding me and filling me with joy through more … Continue reading

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16 November 2015

The other day I found my so-called gardener beneath the crooked little manna ash in the car park, shaking it vigorously and bringing down a thick shower of purply leaves around him. I expressed surprise, and quite a lot of … Continue reading

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