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Michael Harling
Expat author, sort of like Bill Bryson but without the best selling books and gobs of money.
Expat author, sort of like Bill Bryson but without the best selling books and gobs of money.

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Merry Christmas
I thought I’d take this opportunity to break my blog-silence by
reporting a Santa Sighting: Santa spotted in Horsham Park Spotted in Horsham Park Christmas Eve morning, apparently taking time
out from his busy schedule to enjoy a stroll in the unseasonably ...

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Trump Means Trump
This is the second time in six
months that I have had to break tradition and talk about politics on my blog. I
apologize for this, and fervently hope it does not happen again. So here’s my take on the Trump
Triumph. I stayed up all night watching the

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November Already?
The trees, this year, are giving a decent color show. Nothing like New
England, but it’s as close as we can get. It’s also getting cold, but it’s a
nice, sharp, sunny cold, just like a New York autumn. That means it must be November, and I haven’t done a po...

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Lovin' Summer
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so what the hell have I been up to? Has civilisation crumbled in Blighty since the Brexit vote? Am I too busy scrabbling around for scraps of Fish n’ Chips and sleeping in abandoned BHS dressing rooms to bother posting t...

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Life on the Lam
It’s difficult for people who live in the US to understand, and even
incomprehensible to expats from countries other than American, how one’s nation
of birth can treat a citizen like a criminal for the simple fact that they
chose to live in a different coun...

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To My American Friends
This is a humour blog. I know my sense of humour isn’t what
t used to be, but I still try to keep it entertaining and amusing. I never do
serious. I never do politics. But today I am making an exception, for these are
exceptional times. “What Happened?” Thi...

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The End of The Universe
No, this isn’t about the EU Referendum. If you want to read people’s thoughts on our decision to drop out of the world’s largest economic and financial community to set up a mom-and-pop store on a side-street, you can go almost anywhere else on the web. Bes...

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Distress Signals
This is not a book blog, so I don't often review books here, but I am making an exception for this one. Distress Signals is the debut novel of Catherine Ryan Howard. It is a solid thriller with an unlikely protagonist and a unique setting. The writing is ti...

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Some of you may recall a post I wrote back in the autumn of 2014 detailing my decision to store my journals in my in-law’s loft. The rest of you, take your Omega 3 tablets and have a look at this . Or not; really, there’s no need to remember everything. Whi...

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Retirement Review
I've been retired, this time, for six months now, so I feel it's time to reflect on how it is shaping up. All my life I have been looking forward to retirement because I have so many other things I want to do. Writing, of course, is the big one—the wet drea...
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