Day 13 of the Blogtober Challenge – My dream destination

The disadvantage of the Blogtober Challenge is that I have to write to order. I don't enjoy taking orders. I don't enjoy it at all. At. All. Today I have to write about my dream destination. I haven't really wriggled with the rules yet this month but I'm going to have to today - and … Continue reading Day 13 of the Blogtober Challenge – My dream destination

Day 5 of the Blogtober Challenge – share an old photo of yourself

In comparison with some of the other assignments that I've tackled for Blogtober, this one seemed pretty simple. This photo was taken more than 20 years ago for my passport. It was taken just before I went to live in France. I can't tell you how much my life changed during that time. I learned … Continue reading Day 5 of the Blogtober Challenge – share an old photo of yourself

Day 4 of the Blogtober Challenge: What’s left on my bucket list?

I don't have a bucket list. There I said it...I don't fear death and I like living life as it comes. To me there is magic in the strangest places and, if I make a list and focus too hard on it, I tend to develop tunnel vision and miss the beauty of life's scenery. … Continue reading Day 4 of the Blogtober Challenge: What’s left on my bucket list?

Just click your heels together three times…

After recent posts, I’m inspired by Dorothy Gale. Basically, wherever you go (however glamorous and fabulous), ‘there’s no place like home’. Ironically, having described Italy in a less than flattering light, I live in Liverpool – a city which ups the glamour ante and means that I am (normally) absolutely unshockable when it comes to … Continue reading Just click your heels together three times…

Conclusions (sort of) from a part-time foreign correspondant

Well, I promised a conclusion to my thorough exploration - and here I am (finally) delivering. However, it isn’t a cut & dried affair. That’ll probably come as a shock (after all, I’m never one to use too many words) but I have felt conflicted ever since I started concentrating on this subject matter. Possibly … Continue reading Conclusions (sort of) from a part-time foreign correspondant

Observations from a part-time foreign correspondant (Part 2)

Well, welcome to the second instalment of my Italian themed sermon. In which I discuss the less enticing aspects of Italian style. Really, they amount to the opposite sides of the same coin. Perhaps one that should be thrown into the Trevi fountain – I’ll get to my wish later on. Regarding the consumer – … Continue reading Observations from a part-time foreign correspondant (Part 2)

Observations from a part-time foreign correspondant (Part 1)

Well, WAIWers, I’m back from a miniature tour of la bella Italia and I have a confession to make – I’m not that fussed about Italian style. Not designers, you understand. Or even the major fashion houses (in the main) but with the style of actual Italian people. Now, I know this is almost a … Continue reading Observations from a part-time foreign correspondant (Part 1)