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City of Stone (Bilingual)

Bitter winds batter brittle barren basalt. Clearing clinging clouds, blanket mists, Hungry haars embracing, shrouding, homes, hearts, hopes, and minds. A city set in stone, styled in stone. Outlying, peppered between the braes, a cacophony of tons, beacons like bike … Continue reading

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Morocco 6: Mastering the Marrakesh Medina, maybe.

Plans I awoke on my final day to bright, blue, and beautiful sky. My hammam (steam bath) was booked for 5pm. My plan – to visit the medina, locate the spa and return to relax in the Majorelle gardens. I … Continue reading

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Morocco 3; Shopping, Cooking, Eating.

I discovered Moroccan food via one of my fav cookbooks – Claudia Roden’s “Mediterranean Cookery”, while in Spain. My cooks fingers and senses demanded to use the abundance of fresh quality produce in other dishes. The spices in the Moroccan … Continue reading

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Spain – The meaning of Mañana

First Mañanas After agreeing to pick me up at ten o’clock, the last words Ricardo said to me was ‘hasta mañana.’ He grinned. In my innocence, I thought I understood, being one of the words Spanish has given to the … Continue reading

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A Leither on Leith

I was born in Leith, on the Eastern boundary at the Eastern General Hospital, now a care home for the elderly. I was educated in Leith; primary in South Leith and secondary in North Leith. I have always worn my … Continue reading

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Freedom (bilingual)

The tyranny of love, The yolk of hate, Laced together Through time and fate. Yet greater tyrannies lie In the dictatorship of freedom Chance of choice Decisions to do, But still unable to see The wood among the trees. Feeling … Continue reading

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Spain – Conflict, Culture and Consideration.

Shell-shocked and in state of bus lag, I was driven back to Madrid and Ricardo dumped me at Rosa and Manuel’s then invited me to lunch at the weekend. ‘When am I to move into the flat?’ ‘The landlady ees … Continue reading

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