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This is a Repeat

As I spend my days locked down in Tokyo, I am only allowed two outdoor activities. The first is shopping, which means I eat and drink too much. The second is recreational walks, which means I spend a couple of … Continue reading

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Potatoes and Beer

I have been in bed all day not feeling well at all. I have a stomach upset brought about by too many clams maybe. I have to stay very close to a toilet. At about 4:30 I decide to pop … Continue reading

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Exercise

Tokyo is a big place. The population of greater Tokyo is about 40 million. The population of Scotland is 5 million. San Francisco is less than a million. I am here spending 14 days of self isolation in a tiny … Continue reading

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Life is Full of Surprises

I leave California, Tokyo bound. I think I have all the necessary attestations asked for by Japan but the situation is fluid with rumors of Tokyo introducing a state of emergency. Will they let me in when I get there? … Continue reading

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Downtown

I have not been to downtown San Francisco before today. It was a shock. Out here by the Panhandle, life has certainly changed because of COVID-19 but you know not super extravagantly. Out there, where the Snow Goose roams, life … Continue reading

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Slough

Slough is a city in the South of England that no-one seems to like much. “Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!It isn’t fit for humans now,” John Betjeman It is pronounced like the sound you make when you cut … Continue reading

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In Dulci Jubilo

I came over to San Francisco because the landlord is selling the building that our apartment finds itself in. This is an opportunity for the new owner to kick us out. I really do not want to be kicked out. … Continue reading

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Clutching at Straws

Swooping down the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada on I 80, I have not a care in the world. The scenery is dramatic, the novel playing from the car sound system is excellent, I am cosy, 3 maybe 4 … Continue reading

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Cowboy Onsen

Lock down in San Francisco. I find nothing in the rules about not traveling and so I decide to head off into the high hills of Northern California and the lost deserts of Nevada. The goal is to soak in … Continue reading

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Anser

I head North to the open country, away from the heaving miasma of San Francisco Covid. At this time of year, tens, probably thousands of er thousands of Snow Geese and Ross’ Geese come to feed and gently spend the … Continue reading

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