Two plump gulls

Originally posted on Poet's Corner:


Two gulls flew into Manchester
on a rainy winter’s day
Forty miles from coastal waters
for what reason? Who can say?
Perhaps the Irish Sea was too
cold and rough out there
So they fancied flying inland
to a calmer place somewhere

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Cross Street, early morning

Originally posted on Being 42:

Thursday 26th November 2015, 7.55am (day 1,554)

Cross Street, 26/11/15

A sign of how my commuting habits have changed, basically since I had my sabbatical in Australia — this is the earliest Manchester shot in nearly three years (since 17/12/12 to be precise). God, I’m such a statto.

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Originally posted on Life of Ryrie:
I love Carnival.  I suspect that the word ‘Carnival’ has conjured up images of feather clad women shaking their booties to a heavy samba beat and that’s why you’re nodding in agreement.  Actually, Somerset…

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Book of the month: Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares


Thanks for the recommendation and great TED talk by the way.

Originally posted on A year of reading the world:


Brazil is certainly not short of stories. When I was collecting recommendations for my year of reading the world back in 2012, many people suggested tempting-sounding titles from South America’s most populous country. Since then, booklovers have continued to get in touch with ideas, leaving comments on the post I wrote about João Ubaldo Ribeiro’s House of the Fortunate Buddhas (the novel I chose for my project), and whizzing over emails and tweets.

Indeed, only this morning, Carlos left a comment to tell me about ‘The Devil to Pay in the Backlands’ (Grande Sertão: Veredas in the original), which he regards as ‘the greatest Brazilian novel’. He went on to say, however, that he believes it’s untranslatable because author João Guimarães Rosa invented many of the words in it, creating ‘a unique reading experience’, which Carlos fears would be lost if the book were converted into another language. (It would…

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MAGNITUDE 6.8 PERU-BRAZIL BORDER REGION Subject To Change Depth: 608 km Distances: 703 km NE of Lima, Peru / pop: 7,737,002 / local time: 00:45:18.4 2015-11-26 339 km NW of Cobija, Bolivia / pop: 26,585 / local time: 01:45:18.4 2015-11-26 131 km SW of Tarauacá, Brazil / pop: 16,526 / local time: 00:45:18.4 2015-11-26

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Northeast Brazil: Drought threatens water-truck lifeline in parched northeast Brazil

#Voices2Paris – UNDP Storytelling Contest Story 11 For the rural community of Pacheco in northeastern Brazil, the local school has never been so important. It is now the only place in the drought-stricken area that has water on tap. But to fill the school’s tank, water must be trucked from a reservoir some 40 km […]

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UN Experts at War with Miners Over Brazil Dam Disaster

BHP shares hit new 10-year low after hits back at claim that toxic sludge is poisoning large areas of Brazil after a lethal dam burst three weeks ago.

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On the way to Liverpool One

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Urban round-up

What I’m checking out on the interwebs of late: Stockholm metro art The wonderfully varied art and design brightening up Stockholm’s metro stations, from murals and sculpture, to architecture.   Read more: A tour of the Stockholm metro – the world’s longest art gallery by David Cox, and The art of the Stockholm metro – […]

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Top 15 facts about Tea

If you don’t want to mosquito bites on your skin, dampen tea leaves to harness their scent and voila! You have a natural mosquito repellent at your home. There is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea. The United Kingdom drinks about 165 million cups of tea a day, or 62 billion cups per year […]

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