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Mauritius 2022: Swimming in the Ocean

Since moving to South Africa from the UK when I was four years old I have lived by the sea, first in Durban and now in Cape Town. Despite this, and notwithstanding the fact that spending time on the beach has always been a favourite activity of people around me, I have never really been …

Do the French Hate the English?

There’s a commonly held opinion that the French people actively dislike the English, and that this often affects English-language speakers from other countries. This general dislike is said to be especially so of the Parisiennes. At least, that’s what I’d been told. Yet, in the three weeks I was in France, that simply wasn’t my …

My Greek Odyssey

Okay, so perhaps I didn’t go island hopping for 10 years like Odysseus did on his way home from the trojan War as described in Homer’s The Odyssey, but I felt my recent trip to Greece was no less of an an epic adventure than that great work! Over the next few weeks I’m going …