The Best Christmas Gift

In Austria there are a lots of castles and forts upon the prominences, hills and cliffs. History tells us that this was to protect them from attack, provide good overviews of the countryside and assert the higher status of the occupants to the commoners living and working below. Yet castles often struggled to dig wells deep…

Rituals & Recipes

Ritual for Visiting a Dying Father Wake early – around 5am, and I’ll go out and do a few things before I spend the day with you, Dad. Your apartment is close to where I’m staying, but you’ll sleep long, thanks to the pain killers you now take daily. I eat breakfast – redcurrants and yoghurt,…

Hospital Visits

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. Rose Kennedy The linoleum tiles are egg-yolk yellow. The walls are wood panel and pebble-crete. The corridors are hushed except that one time when a side effect from anaesthesia draws a continual, rhythmic wail from an elderly man recovering from surgery. There is a cafe in…