Posts Categorized: Fairy Tales

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    Amour à la French – February 2013

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    L’amour… This je-ne-sais-quoi that brings joie de vivre and raison d’être ; an oeuvre of lèse majesté against reason, a collage of cliché, a nuance palette, par excellence, of avant-garde romanticism. When a bel esprit starts to gaffe, to volte-face, cherchez la femme! On meeting la jolie au courant in her bouffant beige blouson and béret,… Read more »

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    Truth – January 2013

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    It is so easy to fill in the page, to cover all that white with little black letters, one following the next, a full stop, a space, just emptiness between shapes… and the words dance and sway, they prolong each other and the sentences resonate. But where is the truth… There are stories that touch… Read more »

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    The End is Here 2:2 – December 2012

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    I don’t know if it was her screaming or her breast beating against my chest that woke me up but I woke up. It took me a while to understand where I was. Ultimately it was my flatmates, laughing their asses off, standing over me that did the trick. I was naked, a woman on… Read more »

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    The End is Nigh 1:2 – November 2012

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    Blacking out is, to some, a rite of passage that turns a boy into a man. I’ve never been a heavy drinker, never finding binging that appealing to start with but rites of passage are what they are and you cannot escape them. I remember an American blockbuster, The Hangover, where a bachelor party wakes… Read more »

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    You’re a man, my son… – October 2012

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    For most of us, singletons living abroad, when summer break approaches, it often means going back to the Mothership and paying a visit to our loved ones (loved ones we might have ran away from to start with – let’s face it, there is a reason if we don’t live back home) and spend a… Read more »

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    Summer trilogy …The Morning After 3/3 – September 2012

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    My eyes are closed. I can feel every inch of my skin with an awareness unknown to me until then. My body feels warm and alive as though a bright light is emanating from it – They must have put something in my drink! Nonetheless, I keep my eyes firmly closed. I know I’m lying… Read more »

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    Summer trilogy – The Night Before… 2:3 – August 2012

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    It’s been three days since the intervention during which my friends took over my life and decided to get me laid against my will. Pride is in full swing. There isn’t a single corner of the city left to the breeders; I wonder where they’ve gone. My living room has become the HQ of operations…. Read more »

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    Summer Trilogy – Pride & Prejudice 1:3 – July 2012

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    Pride! A time to get together, let our flame shine bright and be our fabulous over-the-top selves. A time when Madrid turns into a flamboyant ray of diversity: where colours, sizes and shapes don’t matter anymore (as long as you’re drunk enough). A time most of us have been preparing for months by carefully shopping… Read more »

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    Sinking the cinema experience – June 2012

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    I’m a bit of a cinema buff – granted my taste in movies is somewhat appalling (Titanic, The Sound of Music, Etc…) and that I cry like a little girl when Jack Dawson dies – I still expect that when I pay my cinema ticket with the hard earned cash I so rightly deserve after… Read more »

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    No tienes abuela! – May 2012

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    One of my neighbour is a dear old lady of 86; born in Seville, she moved to Madrid at the sweet and tender age of 17 (filled with dreams of the big city, imagining she would wear fancy dresses and go to balls) to be with her husband (a man ten years her elder) and… Read more »

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    KONY 2012 – April 2012

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    I wasn’t born when Franco died. And my parents before me didn’t have to witness the Nazi horrors. I’m white, I’m agnostic and I’m middle class. I have no problems to speak of. There is a roof over my head, a comfy bed to sleep in and a fridge nicely filled with organic produces. And… Read more »

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    Tapas Etiquette – March 2012

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    British subtleties, for the non-initiated (that is: anyone who is not British), are not that easy to grasp. A simple “I’ll bear it in mind”, from which most would assume we’ll make an effort to remember, actually signifies that we’ve already forgotten about it! Such things like “If it’s ok with everyone else” does not… Read more »