Crime in London: a bonus post

Notes from the U.K.

In an effort to find material for an article, the New York Times asked  for people’s experiences of petty crime in London. Then the Times tweeted the article and nothing’s been the same since. To read the responses for yourself, you can follow the link or search Twitter using the hashtag #PettyCrime, which for no reason I understand calls up a whole different set of answers. I’ll quote entirely too many. I lost the better part of a rainy afternoon to the thread and I don’t see why you should be spared.

“An American talked loudly on his mobile in a restaurant then drank red wine with a fish course. Gave him an extra loud tut.”

“Increasingly people respond to the question ‘How are you?’ With ‘I’m good’ instead of the grammatically correct (and far more polite) ‘I’m very well, thank you.’ It’s only going to escalate.”

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Santa Should Be On The Naughty List


I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There’s just one thing I need. Don’t care about the presents, shopping, or a Christmas tree – could we unblur the lines between good and bad? Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is less celebration of Black Hats (or Red Hats with Fur Trim), more celebration of White Hats (and cookies, definitely cookies). cheer for serial killers, drug lords, mobsters; glamorize celebrities and corporate fat cats – I hear they can even become President.’re allegedly repulsed by the violence, greed, self-absorption yet…we’re mesmerized.

  • Look at Santa. Or should I say: Santa Claus, Pere Noel, Father Christmas, SinterKlaas, St. Nicholas, Dun Che Lao Ren, Kris Kringle?Secret Santa indeed…he needs many aliases, with all the break and enters; sure, he leaves gifts but also a lingering sense of unease.

  • Some poor child still sings…

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lucinda E Clarke


One of the main things to see near the Old Town Square in Prague is the special clock.

It is currently being repaired and was covered with a sheet that only showed the picture of the clock.


This is a pic off the internet to show the real thing – when it is not covered by a sheet.

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It is an astronomical clock first installed in 1410, so I guess it is due for an overhaul. The 12 apostles pop out on the hour.

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I’m ashamed to admit I have no idea what this building is, but I like the architecture. I popped the signage into Google translate and it told me it’s the  Law School.


Now there were quite a few important and powerful people who didn’t want Isabella to marry Ferdinand but despite that, the two young people sign their…

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Travel 101: Romania Is Country #34 for Me

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

The Muppet Brothers arrived in Oradea, Romania Thursday evening. Romania is country #34 for me (a few less for brother Joel). I’ve visited more countries than some but less than others—but it’s not about the number.

For us it’s not about checking boxes it’s about harvesting experiences. We travel like nomadic Gypsies (Roma) always on the move. We are location-independent (technically homeless) and slō-travellers (seeing less but experiencing more).

Slō-travel means visiting fewer places but staying longer, seeing less but experiencing more. It’s budget travel on steroids—no five-star hotels or fancy all-inclusive resorts for us. We shoulder our rucksacks (and my photo gear) and travel cheap. This morning’s breakfast in Oradea cost us 11.50 RON or $2.87 USD pp: one large freshly ground & brewed coffee and two fresh-baked croissants for each of us. Dinner last night (excluding beer) cost us 19.90 RON or $4.96 USD pp

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Italy: Florence


Travel Journal of 2018

I cannot express how much I’ve been looking forward to creating this post, as well as more to come over the next week or two here on my blog. This summer I got to visit many new and thrilling places on a cruise, something that I have never gotten to experience on such a scale. I had never visited Italy before, and every day leading up to my visit to Florence I was dreaming of its culture and scenery. It is fair to say the city did not disappoint – beautiful, serene and powerful, the birthplace of the Renaissance was everything I had dreamt of and more, and I will definitely be visiting it again. Throughout my cruise, I kept a journal for all the places I visited with the purpose of then sharing my thoughts on all of the wonderful scenes here. So, here is…

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