TLV by night

Friends may come, friends may go, but increasingly I’m finding that people, no matter where they are from, are people.

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In 2013, I ended a long term relationship. I wrote a body of work longer than 2 standard paperback novels. I started a new job. I moved countries. I moved deliberately to a place where I knew no one, I didn’t speak the language and had no idea of the culture, history or ethos.

With hindsight, I don’t know if this makes me incredibly stupid or incredibly brave.

For me the decision was ultimately simple. When else am I going to do this?

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As a long year draws to a close I thought that it might be an opportune time to spend some a few moments reflecting on the last year. It has been a while since my last musing, over 3 weeks in fact. Which is both rather usual and completely unplanned. I’ve intended to sit down […]

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Given last time around’s security effort to detain me in a large open space with no passport. This time I gave it an hour to get to the airport and two and a half for security. Of course this time I breezed through traffic, all of security, walked onto the shuttle bus and am at […]

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Come to Israel They said. The weather is great They said. Far better than England They said

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The problem with being a person with a tendency toward the obsessive is two-fold. Firstly, should one not be immediately good at something then it is quickly dismissed as stupid never be attempted again; which anyone, that has had the extremely rare experience of having seen me ice skate will attest. This also results, in […]

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This is the first year I think a November 25th has passed quite so quietly. For the last decade I’ve had a person in my life – typically a partner or female co-worker, that is usually giddy with joy of the notion that it is only a month to Christmas. Certainly, in a country that […]