Sources of Joy – Day 1

Music, song, free time, and ironing Today, a friend of long standing completed a 100 Happy Days challenge begun at the beginning of the year. I think I may well have hit the like button on every one of her posts. Call me obsessive if you like, but I suppose I was motivated by the... Continue Reading →

Oh, fadista!

Imagine you have one tape cassette which you play over and over on a portable tape deck. The tape was recorded on this same tape deck while sitting as close to the gramophone as possible as a borrowed long-playing record of Amália Rodrigues singing the fado filled the air. At the end of Side 1,... Continue Reading →

Numerically fitting, more or less

51 is the number of years of marriage my parents celebrated today. I skyped the happy couple in Australia from Portugal. Full of the joys of spring, they are. 5,000 is the number that ticked over on the counter today, which tells me how many visits there have been to this blog since I migrated... Continue Reading →

The girl out of Africa

Forget the convent; the real saying is You can take the girl out of Africa, but you cannot take Africa out of the girl. Another quotation which only half-sprung to mind and strangely attributed in my internal workings to Heinrich Böll, but which it seems really belongs to Søren Kierkegaard, the Danish theologian and philosopher (1813-1855),... Continue Reading →

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