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The Sword Swallower’s Assistant

Occasionally I’m compelled to write about strange encounters, many of which occurred before I started blogging. This is one of those stories.  The unofficial rule of attending comedy shows is that you don’t sit in the front row unless you want to become part of the show. This also applies to other shows where the performer is […]

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Strange Encounters: Christchurch

Whenever I move to a new city, one of the first things I do is scope out the local green space. I’m a big fan of parks because of their versatility. Run in them, read, take photographs, have picnics, whatever – it’s always nice to know there’s one nearby. In Christchurch, New Zealand, my park […]

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Aran Islands

The One That Got Away

I applied for my dream job in December of 2006. The advertisement went something like this: “Are you enthusiastic about the prospect of adventure? Do you love animals? Are you ready to scuba dive in Arctic waters and trek through Amazonian rainforests? Do you have a great sense of humor and are you between the […]

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