Multilingual brain overheating

Swiss German uses a lot of French words, so a delivery driver is called a “Chauffeur”. This word used to mean “heater” too. There’s a sign on the door to the delivery bay of the local supermarket saying “Chauffeur – bitte Ware in den Kühlraum mitnehmen”. Which actually means “Driver – please take your goods into the cool room”.

Multilingual brain overheating

The non-holiday holiday

After some rushing around, I find myself on my own in Zurich for a couple of days. After dealing with the day job, I have the evening to myself, with no pressure and no responsibilities. Leaving work behind, I head for the old town and the anonymity of a familiar, traditional and noisy restaurant. The bill paid, my next stop…

The non-holiday holiday

The anxiety rollercoaster

I've been suffering from anxiety issues for the last year or so. A couple of people have said to me that the topic isn't discussed as much as it could be, so I thought I'd write about my experiences in the hope that they might help others in a similar situation.

The anxiety rollercoaster

The end of Flickr

It’s been a long time. A very long time. I joined Flickr back in 2005 and posted my first photos via email from my camera phone. (Three years before anyone had any kind of inkling of the smartphone.) Getting to know other people through the photo sharing service gave me a group of friends, which essentially kept me in…

The end of Flickr

When Your Body Says No

“It’s not age that makes you an adult, I see now, or even most of the experiences that age brings. What finally does it is the things you lose along the way. A parent dies; you don’t get the girl. And you are wrecked. And you are less for these losses. What makes you an adult, finally, is that…

When Your Body Says No
Video screenshot - me at Lobhörner in August 2018

Review of 2018

It’s been a very difficult year, but the sadness has been diluted a little with some lovely memories along the way. Here’s to a better 2019.

Review of 2018