Tweet I have been upgraded to Economy Plus. This has never happened to me before - probably something to do with the cheap airlines I frequent on which customers scramble to the boarding gate early to seat themselves as opposed to the composed seat assignment carried out by Virgin and Continental. Nothing is different in … Continue reading Aisle seat 29G, somewhere between LA and London time..
Tweet So here I am again: I find myself back in frisky Frisco, $35 and 5.5 hours later. My driver is Stephanie, a petite, charmingly crude final year student with devilish blue eyes and a wicked sense of humour. We are taking another passenger, a guy who is silent half the time and has his … Continue reading Spring breakaway
Today I got a helix (top of my ear) piercing. Nothing special about that - but there is a unique attractiveness in knowingly mutilating your own body. Whenever I get a piercing done, I have to make the decision spontaneously. Obviously I will consider what I might like as I daydream in the preceding months, … Continue reading Feeling the Pop
Tweet “make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of … Continue reading Time is going by … in Yosemite National Park
Tweet It's gloriously sunny, but freezing. A young homeless guy sits on a corner of Columbus Avenue, gently smoking weed from a glass pipe the way they do here, with two of his friends. He offers it to our group as we walk by. He has a beautiful face and a shock of curly black … Continue reading If you’re going to San Francisco… wear a coat
Tweet Since my arrival in this land of plenty, I made the conscious decision not to make use of a mobile phone. Initially, this was down to sheer laziness - everything was so hectic the first week, I couldn't be bothered with the hassle of locating a phone shop and setting up an American number, … Continue reading The curse of smartphones and social media
Tweet “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.” ― Jorge Luis Borges So far, my experience at the University of California, Santa Barbara campus has been … Continue reading That which makes us pitiful creatures makes us excellent human beings: the art of exploiting emotion