Category Archives for "TRAVEL"

The Gift of the Americans

A week or so ago… I had a bit of a revelation recently. I decided that I no longer had the desire to make money. This was a hell of a revelation actually. Almost blinding. I decided that it wasn’t really important to me; that it was a validation I no longer required. It was […]

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Zollino

Sunday or Monday, I don’t know … time is unravelling in the sun…. Someone asked me about accommodation. At this particular farm, which I am loath to name for reasons I shall describe elsewhere, I am accommodated in a concrete block. That doesn’t really do it justice, perhaps, but I’m not much good at physical […]

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Into the Grove

Friday 14th June, 14:42 So far, here on the outskirts of Zollino, I have mainly been working in the olive groves, the work consisting mostly of replacing the glass wool on each olive tree. The glass wool is not toxic. I have quite a sensitive epidermis, but after three days, I have noticed no unpleasant […]

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Extraneous Moments :: France to Italy

Christ, I would kill for a bottle of moisturiser. In the meantime, here are some pictures. There will be a lot of these. I’m not sure extraneous is the right word, but you know what? i can’t bring myself to care too much. My mosquito bites have blistered in the sun and I’m itching like […]

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These Boots Were Made For Working

Tuesday 11th June, 11:51 My boots were another birthday present from my sister, just before I moved to France two years ago last week. Here they are. Look at them… We’ve been through a lot together, my boots and I. We’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. We’ve rescued imperilled marsupials from scenes of woodland […]

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Perfect Longing

Farm #1 :: North-west Italy :: nearest city – Fidenza My introduction to the wonderful world of WWOOFing lacked only one thing: WWOOFing. I knew before I arrived, however, that there wouldn’t be much to do. It was really much more of a social call. A kind of welcome to Italy. I sent out my […]

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Ducks in a Row

I am in France. My fingernails are black. My finances are in tatters but the music is loud and the future is dancing ahead of me, seductively. My future has tremendously agile and perfectly fluid hips. They are hypnotic. There will be cake by the way. In my future’s infinite picnic basket, there will be […]

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Vouloir, C’est Pouvoir

I am available and looking for work. I mention this in case you’ve come snooping from the Department for Work and Pensions. Which is unlikely. Assuming I don’t find any work, which is likely (in today’s economic climate), I am off to France four weeks from today, approximately. A generator has been purchased. And a […]

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Chance Dans Découvertes

There is no electricity. There is no running water. This is how it looked five or six years ago: Since then, as far as anyone is aware, no one has been near it. It will therefore be wildly overgrown, barely accessible even. It may also have become home to wild animals – foxes, bears, gentlemen […]

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