Sandra Carpenter

I’m a little bit sad tonight, having received the news earlier today of the death of my friend, Sandra. Her husband, Robert, sent me a message to say she had been ill for only a little while, but that she had died suddenly and unexpectedly. I’m writing about her here, because our friendship began almost […]

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Yearly Review – 2017

“I’m not sure I can make it all the way to the midnight fireworks”, I said to my friend Kate, as we spoke earlier today about plans for New Year’s Eve in Sydney, where we have tickets to the celebration at Barrangaroo. “Don’t worry”, she said, “I’ll bring a blanket, and if we need to, […]

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Måndag’s Views

Until I began to research this trip, I hadn’t known of the “Backfika” phenomenon in Stockholm, where Michelin-rated restaurants often operate lower priced bistros. Last week, I visited “Oaxen” and today, I had lunch at a place called “Eriks Backfika”, which in this case, is a close relative of Gondolen, the iconic Stockholm restaurant with […]

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