Category Archives: Culture

Things to Do in Wales When You’re Dead

There is a well established practice of charity fundraising here in the UK. Not only is the country one of the few in the world that lives up to the foreign aid target of 0.7% of GDP (much to the … Continue reading

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Pancakes Again

Back in South Africa, the trimmings around Easter, such as Lent, Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday are only really observed in the Catholic community. I was vaguely aware of Lent, but all the others were only found in the pages of … Continue reading

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Crime Spree!

One of the supposed benefits of living in the UK (as opposed to back home in SA) is that the crime rate is a lot lower. In general, this is true. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no crime at … Continue reading

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Dark Days

If there’s one American holiday I can really appreciate, it’s Thanksgiving. The concept, the tie-in with history, the tradition of families getting together to share a meal – it’s all good stuff. (I should break here to wish my faithful American … Continue reading

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Fundraising Powered by Lego

Due to the difficulty of keeping 1,000-year old stones together, it turns out that there are three things in life that are certain: Death, Taxes, and being asked for money when entering a cathedral. There are, however, different ways of … Continue reading

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Alas, their time has come to an end. My faithful walking companions of many miles, many mountains, and many countries have finally shuffled off this mortal coil. To be fair, they gave me a warning of their impending demise a … Continue reading

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Charity begins when you step out the door

I recently started a new job, working in the centre of Birmingham. This makes quite a change from my previous place of employment, which was out in the sticks. I commute by train, instead of by bicycle. There’s something to … Continue reading

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