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Michael Harling
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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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WTF Primer
For the sake of my friends and family in the US who might be wondering
WTF is going on over here (I mean, what are we voting on, and why, and what’s
at stake?), I thought I’d post a primer on WTF is happening, and how we got
here. In case you haven’t been p...
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Lurching Forward
Well, at least we don’t have to wait to see if 2019 turns out to be the
shit-storm that 2018 was because the shit-storm has followed us into the new
year. Yeah, I'm looking at you, shit-storm makers! Enjoy the ride! For me, personally, it's not so bad. I do...
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Making Space
One of the best outcomes of the recent kitchen renovation was that it
enabled us to get a clothes dryer, even though there was no room for a clothes
dryer in our kitchen. None at all. Still, we managed to create some. That is the enduring challenge of livin...
Making Space
Making Space
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Yes Virginia
Ah, the Christmas season! It must be time to trot out my “Brush With
Greatness” story. But first, a little historical context. If you were to buttonhole a random Brit and ask, “Do you know who Alice
Liddell is?” They would most likely look stealthily around...
Yes Virginia
Yes Virginia
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Customer Service UK Style
If you’ve been paying attention , you’ll know that, this past week,
we had some renovations done to the kitchen that resulted in the power going
out. It eventually came back on. Here’s how that happened: Our flat was apparently wired during the Victorian Er...
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Tales of Renovation
We all have a renovation horror story. Here’s mine: The Dream It started because I got tired of putting my hand down on grit every
time I touched the kitchen counters. This wasn’t because we’re slobs; it was the fault of the counter itself,
which came in th...
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The Incredible Shrinking Thanksgiving
I don’t generally do a big Thanksgiving dinner here. It’s sorta
self-defeating to cook a turkey with all the trimmings, then sit and eat
it by myself while my wife has a bean loaf with salad. This year, however, I
had big plans. We invited some friends over...
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Being Flexible
For the past few weeks, I’ve been flirting with the notion of
vegetarianism. The reasons for this are varied, strangely arbitrary and have
nothing to do with animal rights (when did they write a Constitution?), the
environment, health, religion or any other...
Being Flexible
Being Flexible
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Of Socks Logos and Self-assurance
I bought socks today. Not an earth-shattering opening, I know. However,
as usual, my quest did not go according to plan. The thing is, I don’t buy socks in Britain very often. I tend to buy
them in America, where I can buy a bale of them at a reasonable pri...
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Practice Retirement Half-Year Review
Come September my wife will have been on her practice retirement for six
months, so I think it’s about time for a review. All in all, it’s going well. There are no more morning rushes, followed
by panicked returns and frenzied searches for whatever it was s...
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