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It’s Christmas Eve, 2015. It’s late afternoon, it’s dark outside and raining. I’m sitting in my parent’s living room sipping mulled wine and listening to carols (from Kings College Cambridge no less) in front of the wood-burning stove. Mum is doing a 1000 piece jigsaw of 1950’s toys; Dad is reading The Name of the …

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New York season finale

For no apparent reason, I am sitting in the front row of Virgin Atlantic premium class, sipping bubbly, reading The Independant, and casually resting my feet on a leather pouffe within the gulf of space in front of me. The stars have surely aligned because most of you well know my Mulligan sensibilities would prevent …

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New York 5: Guest blogger

Our last day in New York today and my (Malkie/husband) first time as a guest blogger…here goes. I like having a book to read on holiday, I find it much easier to absorb myself in a good story when I have the time to read large sections at once. It’s also a much better option …

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New York 4

It’s inevitable. When in New York, you are duty bound to follow the tourist hoards and tick off the big ones. Being our 10th wedding anniversary yesterday, we felt it therefore excusable to make our way to an over-priced cocktail bar on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller centre downtown. For the view though, it …

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New York 3 

I continue to find this city an odd and delightful place. Take, for example, the following occurrences on our recent travels.  Sitting at Columbus Circle, a girl takes off her overcoat to reveal and fairy-lit ballerina tutu. She starts a graceful dance along with her boyfriend in front of the fountain, and the gathered tourists. …

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New York 2

Finding that balance between ‘doing stuff’ and ‘relaxing’ on holiday is a tricky one. Here were are in The Big Apple and I’m lying in bed drinking tea and writing a blog pos, which feels very wrong. Today we move from our funky apartment in Brooklyn to a hotel on Central Park, from where we …

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New York 1

It’s our 10th wedding anniversary and, being young free and single, we felt it appropriate to take flight. Thus we have ended up in this fascinating city, so good they named it twice.  I haven’t blogged for a while which is usually a direct correlate with levels of inspiration and creativity. So it is interesting …

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Skill swap

Productivity has diminished of late in direct correlation with dog-owner general happiness. We embarked upon getting a dog after many years of deliberation and research. Morse (an inquisitive little chap named after the Inspector series that has meaning for us both) came to us via a Belfast family who should have known that a dog …

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Local treasure

Over the course of 2014 I managed a blog post a month, which seemed about right for a hobbyist like myself. Early 2015 and that seems to have slipped a bit (but not as bad as my fellow contributor who hasn’t posted since Margaret Thatcher was PM.) Suffice it to say that diminishing blog posts equates to …

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Homespun Christmas

Ah, December. Such ripe opportunity for creative indulgence, which, by December 24th, will increasingly feel like creative purgatory. Or as I’ve heard it said, ‘death by Pinterest’. For me, it started in November with a secret source of winter berries. Secret not only to deter potential resource competitors from my more local readership, but also due to …