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#USRoadTrip1 – A Savannah Dinner

I’ve been tweeting about our road trip, but Savannah needs more than tweets. It’s a city so weird that it defies pith. First, it looks like nowhere else – all that Spanish moss hanging off ancient oak trees with branches that sprawl like crooked fingers give the town a primordial atmosphere. You can imagine that […]

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NYC – The Six-Month Slump

Dear reader. It’s been a while since my last post. The reason being that, for the last month I’ve been HATING New York City. And who wants to own up to their big adventure going sour? And who the Hell ever says they HATE New York. But, as the thrill of the new began to […]

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My Lower East Side Bath House Experience

The other day I visited a bath house on the Lower East Side. Just the words ‘Bath House‘ immediately conjure thoughts of the pre-AIDS 80s as memorialised by Armistead Maupin but, while I expect the Bath House I visited probably had a role back then, there’s nothing seedy about it now. Well, not on mixed […]

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The pros and cons of apartment living

Pros 1. You get a doorman. He says ‘Hello’ to you every time you come in the building and will go out in the street and whistle down a cab if you need one. And you can strike up a conversation with them and they can’t get away. When you’re new to a city and […]

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Sandy strikes!

Monday lunchtime: So, the supermarkets are stripped almost bare and the less-organised Upper West Siders are considering whether things will ever get desperate enough to see them eat cold new potatoes from a tin. We’re stocked up on prosciutto, pesto, rare cheese and quince paste, cornflakes, milk and muffins. We’ll be fine. We’ve got battery-operated […]

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Waiting For Hurricane Sandy

In a couple of days the Eastern Seaboard will be hit by the most devastating storm in US history or, it won’t. Meteorologists are predicting a ‘Frankenstorm’ as Hurricane Sandy – currently barrelling up the Atlantic from the Caribbean – converges with two winter weather systems to bring winds gusting at around 75 mph, torrential rain […]

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The Nanny Tragedy

Woke up this morning to news of The Nanny Tragedy. Last night, around 5.30, a mother came home to her apartment building with her three-year-old daughter to find her two other children aged two and six dead in the bath from stab wounds, the children’s 50 year-old nanny unconscious beside them with her throat cut. […]

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Brooklyn? What’s all the fuss about…

So, since we arrived on the Upper West Side all we hear about is Brooklyn this and Brooklyn that… ‘You’re staying on UWS…. WHAT were you thinking?’ has been one comment. ‘We-ell, UWS is a safe place to land’, is another. ‘Yep, you won’t find a cab around here on a Saturday night,’ says our […]

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Dog-Walking In Central Park

Central Park has the most draconian set of by-laws in the world. There are huge swathes of fenced-off precious green space accessible only to park workers, there are fields given over solely to certain types of sporting activity and there are a great many ‘Passive Lawns’ where everything except sitting down and keeping quiet is […]

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Cockroach!

Our furniture arrived on Friday. Hurrah!  And yes, just as I’m beginning to feel comfortable in our new home I have my first kitchen encounter with one of those other notorious NYC residents. Two inches of gleaming, reddish, winged, scuttling monster. I hit it so hard with a brush I broke the handle. Frantic internet […]

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