A farewell to London. Brexit

Last Sunday, Theresa May(be) signed the Brexit agreement with the European Union. Regardless of what Parliament decides, it is time to bid farewell to London and our English friends. Above: the bridges will be closed to continental ships. At long last. “I see a red door and I want to paint it black…” Jagger and…

An unexpected trip. The end

Previously on “An unexpected trip”: my mother Renée has joined the French Air Force at the end of WWII. A captain orders her on a mysterious mission. They are to board a military plane, taking off from Paris, destination unknown. “And you took off?” I asked. “Just like that?” “Just like that.” My mother said.…

An unexpected trip

The photograph came in the post. In a manila envelope, with a note from my brother: “Here’s a picture of the family star. You’ve probably seen it before. I had it enlarged. Ask her the story behind it. I hope it lifts her spirits. Hugs. Richard.” My brother’s handwriting was as bad as usual. But…

Day of los Muertos

Welcome! Welcome! Try our 65 Pesos menu! The Day of the Dead on November 2nd is possibly one of the oldest and strongest traditions in Mexico. I believe (no evidence) that it comes from the Chinese Ghost month, when ghosts and spirits, long-gone ancestors come back from the netherworld. In the Chinese tradition, shrines are…

Pot-pourri 58

“Uhura, Spock, Scotty, good morning. Orders for today? Yes, Lieutenant Uhura?” “San Francisco, Sir. At a cross-point between 19th and 21st century AD.” “Good. Ready to warp, Scotty? Hop then.” (Author’s note: the above was taken on Fisherman’s Wharf, early 21st century AD). Teotihuacán, Mexico. Pyramid of the Sun. Approximately 200 BC to 550 AD.…