The capacity to trigger unsettling emotions is part of the dangerous beauty of books and grief can resurface as smoothly and silently as a seal.
"It is hard to know what's a revelation of hindsight and what's a projection that helps you to bolster you own story."
We've finally made it to Spain, albeit only on a day-trip from Biarritz to the interior of the Basque country. We'll learn tomorrow if our limping Volvo's woes are terminal or only financially ruinous. Meanwhile, it's raining when we get to the town of Tolosa, and I'm reminded that the nice big National Trust umbrella … Continue reading A Winter Trip to Spain Day 5 Part II: Food and Mood in the Basque Country
This is a father’s journal of travelling from the Isle of Islay in Scotland to Spain in February 2019 with my partner and our two little boys: Hugh, who will turn 6 during our trip, and James, who will be four just after we get back to Britain. Idea is to track the experience of a family road trip, what we see along the way and reflect on some other … Continue reading A Winter Trip to Spain: Day 5 Part I: Missing Lucy
Twitter is a useful tool for journalists, indispensable even. But as we all now know, because the New York Times has told us so, it's not the best place to get your news. Nor is anywhere else on social media, the paper's tech columnist Farhad Manjoo concluded after an experimental switch-off of his new media … Continue reading Blether then bother, Twittter, news and whisky