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Eyes on Eire – Dublin deconstructed

Space Lingus

Over the May bank holiday weekend, my Mum and I visited Dublin for the first time. It was my second, more informed, trip to Ireland, and we saw into not only Dublin’s past and present but also future. Other first-timers on a similarly short break, you may find this a good introduction to Dublin. It is not a sightseer’s guide to the city, but more of a recollection of personal impressions of the people and their attitudes, the city’s culture and heritage, the weather, and a few tourist tips we learned by trial during our brief stay.

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Edendum – Designed For Eating

edendum pizza and salad

On a surprisingly quiet Friday evening in Brighton last week, while desperately avoiding restaurants we’d already been to, my Mum and I came across this unassuming Italian café-restaurant-cum-food shop. It wasn’t our first choice on the street, but rather our realistic choice since our first choice was the vegetarian restaurant Terre À Terre, which from one past experience we already knew would tell us they were fully booked even as we looked at a restaurant with the majority of its tables empty.

But for its visible popularity with early-evening diners like ourselves and its Latin name, we would have easily passed Edendum by.

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Getting into the Spirit of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics may be over but the Paralympics are about to start (7–18 September), and my exploration of Brazil continues. It struck me towards the end of the Olympics that the only Brazilian food I ever had tried was bolitas, which is actually called pão de queijo, so having begun my further tasting of Brazil with some awful-tasting spicy chilli samba and Brazilian salsa style Pringles – the former was boring and the latter was too salty, though I was too hyped up to admit to their faults before – here are some better ways to get into the Rio spirit.

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In Search of England – York

If you’re looking to holiday “at home” in England this summer, as many are doing because of Brexit and terrorism, think about York! Not only is it one of the most English-feeling cities I’ve stayed in, but this city has many layers of history and a laidback attitude that Londoners lack, and is now my 2nd favourite city in England after London. Whereas previous places I’ve stayed in have been good for transport connections but were themselves unexciting, York ticks both boxes and more. Continue reading

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David Bourdon

Art critic David Bourdon’s description of the wrapping and unwrapping concept behind the art of the married couple Christo & Jeanne-Claude.

“Revelation through concealment.”

More about Christo & Jeanne-Claude: They re-evaluated landscapes all around the world and were a truly international duo: Christo was born in Bulgaria, Jeanne-Claude in Morocco; they met in Paris; and they made New York City their home. Jeanne-Claude died in 2008 and is survived by Christo, whose latest work is Floating Piers on Lake Iseo in Italy. Here’s a “true story” about the French sculptor Auguste Rodin that Christo told The Daily Telegraph last Saturday to offer a parallel to his art:

“The French sculptor Rodin had a commission to do the figure of Balzac, In the first version, Balzac was totally naked – big belly, skinny legs and many details. And what he did, Rodin, he took the cape of Balzac, put it in liquid plaster, and shrouded the figure – basically, highlighted the principle proportions of Balzac.”

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Li Jinyuan

Chairman of Tiens Group who recently paid for 3,000 employees to holiday in Spain and will be paying 10,000 to go to Bali in September, when talking on CNN about US-China relations and cultural exchange, quoted this Chinese proverb.

一加一大于二

one plus one is greater than two

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Book break #1: The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Yesterday I read Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, after watching the new live-action Disney film version earlier on this month. It had been on my bookshelf for years, yet I had avoided reading it out of my prejudice against ugly book covers. Yes, the image beneath the cover is the same. Compared to the live-action film, in the book Mowgli is more wild, the animals are less adorable, and we hear and see more of humans.

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