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A weekend in beautiful Bath

NEW BLOG POST: A weekend in beautiful Bath

Bath - Avon Riverrside

Roaming around Bath on a Friday night felt like going back in time. I wasn’t expecting it, and it took a while before I could realise what had caught my eye. Most of the people around looked much younger than me, with my baby face and all; most likely students, celebrating the beginning of their weekend. Watching them play pranks on each other and laugh out loud, I suddenly remembered what it…

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You may tire of me as our December sun is setting
‘Cause I’m not who I used to be
No longer easy on the eyes
These wrinkles masterfully disguise
The youthful boy below
Who turned your way and saw
Something he was not looking for
Both a beginning and an end
But now he lives inside someone he does not recognize
When he catches his reflection on accident

On the back of a motor bike
With your arms outstretched trying to take flight
Leaving everything behind
But even at our swiftest speed
We couldn’t break from the concrete
In the city where we still reside
And I have learned
That even landlocked lovers yearn
For the sea like navy men
‘Cause now we say goodnight
From our own separate sides
Like brothers on a hotel bed

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The problem with relying on norms for comfort, however, is not only that you may fail to meet them but that you may meet them all too well. (…) This is the conundrum of the individual confronting masses about which he can’t help knowing more than he would like to know: I want to be alone, but not too alone. I want to be the same but different.

Just as every lover at some level believes that he or she makes love as it’s made nowhere else in the planet, so every artist clings for dear life to the illusion that the art he or she produces is vital, necessary and unique. Aesthetic elitism, sexual snobbery: these are not the reprehensible attitudes that our culture makes them out to be. They’re the efforts of the individual to secure a small space of privacy within the prevailing din. All people should be elitists - and keep it to themselves.

~ Jonathan Franzen, “Books in Bed” (1997, from “How To Be Alone”)

2 weeks ago
Italy vs. Britain - A game of culinary and cultural differences

NEW BLOG POST: Italy vs. Britain - A game of culinary and cultural differences

London Coffee Festival - Caffè Cagliari

When I moved to London, my family bade me a fond, fearful farewell, certain that the rosy face they were used to would come back a starved skull. Like thousands of Italian relatives before them, and just as many after, they associated Britain with greasy pub food and unappetising boiled vegetable sides – and thought I’d signed myself up for a life of malnutrition. Four years, several visits and…

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Dairy-free Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownies

NEW RECIPE ON THE BLOG: Dairy-free Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownies

Dairy-free chocolate and hazelnut brownies

Every now and again, I get the urge to reflect on my eating habits. The hard work I put into unlearning unhealthy habits and developing healthier routines is something I look back to with pride – but guilt and self-reproach immediately follow, uninvited: after all these years, the balance and discipline I achieved still feel like not enough. It’s all pointless crap, negative self-talk, but it…

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A sweet tooth’s guide to Prague

NEW BLOG POST: A sweet tooth’s guide to Prague

Prague - Mansson Bakery

Today’s word is wanderlust: “a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world“, as the definition goes. I’ve been feeling a bit gloomy in the past few weeks, and I’ve come to think wanderlust may be the reason. Maybe it’s because my friends are all on holiday, or just about to leave, while my next trip’s not until December. Or maybe I’m more conscious than ever that moving…

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