Catching Up

After last week’s radio silence, I’ve been busy catching up on (more) work as well as relaxing and doing some fun stuff around Brussels. There was some beer, fries (with mayonnaise) and jazz. All very Belgian, except the latter which was part of the 19th annual Brussels Jazz Marathon. Sipping tea at The Tea Garage…

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When I grow up, I want to be…

“A detective so that I can solve crimes and catch the bad guys.” This was my first childhood ambition. I was probably influenced by the television shows that I watched, such as Pink Panther, Matlock and countless Hong Kong detective dramas which often involved plenty of chasing and fighting. I imagined ambushing the criminals from behind a corner…

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Hanif Kureishi: The Body

What if you could be someone else yet retain your memory and thoughts? I recently bought a secondhand copy of Hanif Kureishi’s The Body at Nijinski. The eponymous novella, which kicks off this collection of short stories, revolves around Adam, a successful playwright in his 60s who has seen better days. Like most people of his age, he sees and feels the…

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