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An Inconvenient Truth – the Arctic is Melting

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Today begins a series of Arctic Circle cartoons about how climate change is threatening the Arctic. You can read more about this in the New York Times. The series was written because the movie, An Inconvenient Sequel opens at the weekend. It has been about a decade since An Inconvenient Truth came out and Arctic […]

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Reasons to Move to New Zealand

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pots of parsley, aloe vera and mint. Plants that grow on my north-facing balcony

People will (usually) understand what I’m saying I can have a veggie garden and it is unlikely that someone will steal my rosemary There is a lot less bureaucracy and the tax system doesn’t scare the bejeesus out of me I don’t enjoy listening to my neighbours pee, tunelessly whistle, or play really bad Europop […]

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The Best T-shirts in Hondarribia: Billie & Co

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When I started posting my Basque Diary illustrations to Instagram, my friend, Edu, said they would make great t-shirts. I agreed, but didn’t have the time to make t-shirts (I’d done so before for my “Frome With a View” exhibition and there is a lot of running around to be done). So I suggested HE […]

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How Do You Create an Author Platform?

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It used to be more straightforward getting noticed. If you had a great book and you could get it in front of an editor at a publisher, they would be likely to publish it. They would send it to be reviewed in a few key magazines and newspapers and people would see those reviews and […]

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Pinchos – The Basque Version of Spanish Tapas

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Pinchos (or pintxos) are like Spanish tapas, but better. The Basque Country is the best place in the Iberian penninsula to eat and pinchos take tapas to another level. There is healthy rivalry between places to put out the best pinchos on the bar and no more so than when there is a competition, as […]