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The trees are just starting to change colour, the ducks are swimming while they can, and the squirrels are racing to hide those nuts. What a beautiful time of the year to be in New York!

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Forget nice!

At Ungarra Primary School back in the day, ‘nice’ was not considered a word. Think of something more descriptive R G Martin would urge us! At home it was the same situation, where ‘chuck’ and ‘stuff’ met with comedic correction. … Continue reading

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Trick or treat!

Halloween and the Presidential election seem to have become one and the same thing this year. Scary! Costumes and contenders are interchangeable, with local costume stores featuring multiple versions of The Donald and former First Lady. With only a few … Continue reading

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We shall overcomb

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Spliced Surprise

Bell ringers have had bad press for too long. Quasimodo started it all, Marty Feldman didn’t help just by hunchback association, and Macbeth filled our youthful imagination with foreboding, the sound of the bells summoning us to heaven – or … Continue reading

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Balmy and Baroque

Heaven and Earth became as one last night when the Trinity Church‘s Baroque Orchestra performed their last concert for the summer. Breathless and sticky from the spontaneous sprint downtown, I was ushered gently into a padded pew, from where phones … Continue reading

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Squeezebox salutations

The Campbell Apartments are no more. After 17 years, the lease of this gloriously restored gem of New York City history has expired, and the space will be converted under a new owner to have trendier appeal. There was a … Continue reading

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Don’t be illamad!

Life in Columbus Circle yesterday looked like a usual New York street scene. Yellow cabs, a few bikes, a ballerina… Who would have suspected that just a short distance away via a Tardis-like transport, a llama party was lurking?! Spiraling off from the underground … Continue reading

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Home at the Frick

There’s no place like home. It may be 85 years since the last time a member of the Frick family slept over at their mansion on East 70th, but the house still feels as much like a home as it … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Bun day

In anticipation of Cinnamon Bun Day on October 4th, exhaustive research is being undertaken to establish the best place in the city to enjoy these spicy sweets. Fortunately the Great Northern Food Hall has just opened at Grand Central – … Continue reading

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