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How I entered Czechoslovakia

Bartolomejska to Konviktska streets in Prague

Ah, those 25-year anniversaries. As soon as the Wall came down, I was all over Eastern Europe. Not only did I catch the Berlin Wall three months before it fell, but I also approached Berlin from the East in Easter 1990, while everything was in limbo. But what I remember most from that trip is […]

New Zealand Funny signs

Totally New Entrance sign

We all love mistranslated menus and hilarious signs on holiday, don’t we? The main source seems to be SE Asia where funny Chinese signs have their own pages on Buzzfeed and get shared as much as cat pictures. But what about baffling signs from a small Antipodean English-speaking country? The oddity of signs and placards […]

Greek taxes: a Minoan labyrinth

Church of Agioi Anargyroi Veroia Greece

My latest foray to Greece and its islands was fab as usual. The September sun was shining, the sea was warm and the public discourse dominated by the tax modernisation  requested by the EU, the ECB and the IMF (the ‘troïka’). The subject was the abolition of 199 taxes towards third parties imposed by the […]