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602, 2015

The ongoing trials of my terrible Dutch

February 6 2015|

I recently took a very official Dutch exam. We’re talking a thirty minute two-tram journey to the other end of town, with passport and visa, into a room full of auditors and worried students. They were a grueling two days.

The Nederlands Tweede Taal 2 (NT2) tests on speaking, listening, writing and reading. I haven’t really been doing a whole lot of Dutch for the past few months, but in the days leading up to that exam that changed. Turns out you can’t cram months of learning into a couple of afternoons. But at least I tried.


2201, 2015

Milly Can Rap rides again

January 22 2015|

PHOTO: Olli HeinanenAs you may or may not know I’ve got a relatively new pan-European improv project that I’m really excited about.Part improv duo, part freestyle goofabout, this supergroup is me and Trent Pancy (and […]

1501, 2015

A proper start to the new year

January 15 2015|

This post originally appeared on Alexander and James. When you’re done here, head there and have a read, and buy some spirits while you’re there.January comes in like a lion. As do many people; marching at […]

501, 2015

Zen and the art of nederlands maintenance

January 5 2015|

I went to a proefles (trial lesson) for a Dutch-language Zen Buddhist meditation class yesterday, thinking that I could kill two birds with one stone. Admittedly, this was a terrible start.

Killing two birds with one stone […]

3112, 2014

A few favourite posts from 2014

December 31 2014|

As is both customary and appropriate at this time of year, I’ve done some number crunching and general blog review, and compiled some of the  most popular posts from the past year, added in a […]

212, 2014

A journey through South Africa

December 2 2014|

The flight to Johannesburg is eleven hours. As far as flights go, that’s pretty long. As far as anything goes that’s pretty long. The good news is that, on top of that flight taking me […]

1011, 2014

Airport times

November 10 2014|

I was in Barcelona last week for The BIG IF # 2 (which was a hell of a fine improv festival, with great shows, people, workshops and general times, from beginning until end).When I was […]

710, 2014

Getting Lucky

October 7 2014|

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of ‘getting lucky’ (in the superstitious – not biblical – way). I think it has a lot to do with how much of the reading about business I’ve been doing, boils down to […]

1809, 2014

Beautiful justifications: wabi-sabi

September 18 2014|

Design from Lost in Translation by Ella Frances SandersMy favourite jeans have a pronounced wallet fade, and a hole in the pocket that’s been resewn almost a dozen times. They look great. They look, and feel, […]

909, 2014

All in one week

September 9 2014|

I feel like I’ve been relatively on hiatus from my ‘normal’ life, as I get settled into some writing work and the rhythms of the more-or-less regularly employed.And so far it’s been pretty decent. I […]