The Bitter Truth About Brie

May 28, 2015

2

Swallow!

No-one ever knocks on the door at night. In fact, no-one ever visits at night, but if they do, they’re announced by the doorman, portero in Colombia, whose job it is to formally announce all visitors, from the plumber to the priest. It’s a bit like the way young girls were announced at London debutante balls in […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

Thoughts on Freedom

April 28, 2015

6

Rest in Peace

About a month ago, a man died. He was 91-years-old, cheerily wrinkled. He had very nice teeth. And ever since he died, I’ve thought an awful lot about him. Which is weird because until the day he died, I hadn’t thought about him at all. The man was Lee Kuan Yew, the former Singapore leader. […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

Books, books, all around… that none of us will read?

April 17, 2015

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How many does it take to become a bestseller?

Writers get alarmed by business meetings, especially when their books get crushed into numbers, pesos and spreadsheets to such an extent, they’re in danger of disappearing altogether. I stared out of the window, wondering how long my Banana Skin Flip Flops writers’ block would last. No-one has ever reduced BSFF to numbers, pesos and spreadsheets, by […]

Posted in: Bogota, Colombia

The Unbearable Art of Sameness

March 27, 2015

2

Camera killed the canvas star?

Years ago I went to MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, you know, the one with what’s-his-face’s shark in formaldehyde and the only piece of art that has stuck with me forever was a painting called Arabs Crossing The Desert. I paused in front of that painting and I haven’t moved […]

Posted in: Bogota, Colombia

BSFF: Clichés, Banality and Inferiority Complexes

March 21, 2015

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Me. No, wait. I think that's Rudyard Kipling.

The older you get, the more the line blurs between good and evil. But, if you’re lucky, you also learn that you can take something you always considered an evil and turn it into a force for good. In my case, that’s doubt and criticism, both of which I loathe and both of which, apparently, […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia

Exploring The Elements

March 8, 2015

2

THE THINKER: A monkey pauses for thought on top of Mount Popa, Myanmar

I’ve just read an article called “How to travel” (I know, I don’t know why I bothered either) by an author who is against the idea of travelling with cameras. Take a notebook instead, she said. Scribble your thoughts and your dreams. Don’t live your life through a lens. Well, I’m a notebook person. I write everywhere, all the […]

Posted in: Colombia

Bogotá: Literary City?

January 6, 2015

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Your average day in Juan Valdez

New Year is a weird time, isn’t it? A forcible measure of happiness – whether you’re anxious about the next 12 months or saying a thankful goodbye to the old ones; whether you’re celebrating what you have achieved or are excited about what you will; whether you move lightly from one year to the next […]

Posted in: Bogotá, Colombia
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