Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…not cruising

Poland and Cyprus nearly didn’t happen. While in Inverness we booked a cruise that would’ve cut both of those out — leaving from Italy, heading through the Med, over the Atlantic, round the tip of South America, across to New Zealand and then stopping in Australia.
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…done with New York

As the famous song goes: New York, New York (so good they named it twice in the hope that the repeated marketing message would stick in your head and despite not really knowing much about it you’d think of the name next time you were booking a holiday).

newyork-skyline

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…done with border guards for a while

Border crossings aren’t always fun, but there’s certainly not always painful or stressful. The old thingy ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression’ is something America might want to take into account.

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…never going to be silenced

As part of my expedition into Asia, I was hoping to go to Suan Mokkh monastery for a 10-day silence retreat. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a while and the main reason I suggested to Dave that we meet in Thailand rather than any other country round this way.

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…looking to bring back the mystery

Last night I went to see comedy-magicians Barry and Stuart. Despite my huffing last year about my hacked review that appeared on their poster, I was quite excited to see that they had included my star rating on their promotional material this time round. It doesn’t have my name – just the site’s – but it feels quite special to know that it was me who awarded those stars to them even if no one else knows. (I’ve just re-read the review and, my word, it’s been destroyed but still displays my name next to it.)
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…anti-climatic

Movember’s over and it’s pretty much just withered away. No award*, no party**, no sense of fulfilment. Just an odd feeling standing at a bus stop realising that it was December and I still had a moustache.

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…going to write some letters

I’m a little bit in love with Derren Brown. I was watching his show  the other night (and the other, other night) and although I’m a bit disappointed by this one  (unless he did, in fact, rig the Lottery, then that’s pretty cool) I’m still not going to hear anything bad against him.

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