366 unusual things: days 364 – 366

29th Dec – Ten boxes of chocolates and biscuits, Christmas gifts, are stacked in a tower in my kitchen. 30th Dec – Heard in a sermon that 560 French and German churches have closed in the last decade and, now they are empty, many are being converted into mosques. 31st Dec – Today is a… Continue reading



366 unusual things: days 354 – 358

19th Dec – My son cooked dinner for the six of us in his apartment.  It’s his 24th birthday but he spoilt us. 20th Dec – In my household, 4 things have an imperfection in their 4th working part: One leg has rusted off my fashionably pre-rusted outdoor table; One of four glass feet on… Continue reading


366 unusual things: days 349 – 353

14th Dec – One of my students said today after our last lesson, ‘I’ll miss you’.  This is unusual for me. 15th Dec – Watched a six-year old write in cursive, something most older children and young adults can’t do these days. 16th Dec – Saw the word ‘themself’ in the latest translation of Les… Continue reading



366 unusual things: days 339 – 343

4th Dec – My 40-year-old Chinese student doesn’t know where Israel is, and has never heard of it. 5th Dec – My 12-year-old Cambodian student prefers to write left-handed but in Cambodia it wasn’t allowed. 6th Dec – I tutor a primary school student who asked me if tutor is spelt like shooter.  She formed… Continue reading


366 unusual things: days 334 – 338

29th Nov – In a post office I was waiting for quite some time in front of this poster. It left me wondering about the water source. 30th Nov – Started learning Spanish online.  Now I understand why a printed j sounds like h.  Like San Jose. 1st Dec – Out of 30 people at… Continue reading


366 unusual things: days 329 – 333

24th Nov – A beautiful dark-haired girl in a brief flowery skirt and briefer white t-shirt was scooping raspberry ice cream while I waited for her to serve me;  my eyes were fixed on her scooping arm and its six inch high tattoo of a skull and crossbones. 25th Nov – A very unusual day. … Continue reading


366 unusual things: days 324 – 328

19th Nov – Spoke to a new migrant to Canberra, Australia’s capital, who ardently believes the capital should be on the coast.  His opinion shows the movement of priorities for Westerners:  in 1908 the inland capital site was chosen for its fertility and adequate water supply, but in 2012 the pleasure of seaside living is… Continue reading


366 unusual things: days 319 – 323

14th Nov – Someone from the Ancestry site sent me an obituary of my great-grandfather.  The phrase ‘engaged in suppressing the slave trade’ leapt off the page.  It’s given me hope. 15th Nov – In a car park, a young African immigrant was trying a car door and peering in the window.  Then he walked… Continue reading