Tag: travel

Small Windows Pt VI: Priesthood in a guitar case

No wild post-show outings, nothing racier than a cool Pils or two, and never before singing . No tour bus bouncing to country-rock screamers - only the decorum of the Inter-City Express and flat skies, flat lands, a novel and a notebook.

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Small Windows Pt. V: Strange encounters of the German kind

Seven o'clock start, six hours on the Bummelzug or "Slouch-train", and five episodes of a pleasant railway comedy drama that is German through-and-through.

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Small Windows Pt. IV: Drifting in the silence

Silence is like solitude. The absence of noise and the absence of company are not an accident. They must be allowed to settle.

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Small Windows Pt. III: Good omens, small comforts

A thousand-mile journey begins with a single step, so you might as bloody well get that first step right. Fingers crossed the weather's fair, too. But even if you do and it is, there's no guarantee of safety or success.

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Small Windows Pt. I: Suitcases, and cases for suits

It was the kind of dilemma that I never like to face at 4:30am on a Sunday morning: suit or no suit? It now seems trivial but to my bleary morning mind I felt like my founding principles were on the line. What it boiled down to was: which version of me will they get in Basel?

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Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Picture postcard from Berlin: Wanderer in the wasteland

In one afternoon, the dimensions of my life lurched around so quickly that I didn't have time to get seasick.

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Osaka Canal

Picture postcard from Osaka: A million feet and a shattered peace

The forest left me so calm I thought I'd be forever immune to the pinpricks of city living. But no sooner had that impression settled than it was joined by a kind of dread as I realised I would probably never return here.

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Picture postcard from New York City: Stuck in a Manhattan mousetrap

"It was Christmas Eve and everyone was eager for carolling somewhere Brit-friendly. But my relationship with the Church was in a raw phase and I wanted nothing of it."

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Rooftops of Marseille

Picture postcard from Marseille: No mood for adventure

29th September 2015 I was dropped at the main station, the day hot and darkening. The grand white steps of St Charles rose behind me and a warren of streets…

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