Monthly Archives: February 2008

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The Lion King musical

We went to see the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London last night. Confirming what I have been hearing for years, it’s a tremendous show, with imaginative colorful costumes and contraptions depicting various animals, and simple but expressive sets. The acting, I felt, was a bit on the mediocre side, but that cannot

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travel

More on not so cheap air travel

My cousin Alex – who, in our family parlance, would be referred to as my brother – is on a work assignment in Dublin for the next couple of weeks. Obviously, we wanted to come and visit. And the truths exposed in my onetime editorial on the costs of European travel garnered new evidence. Four

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Another parenting milestone

This week heralded another milestone in our parenting life: For the first time ever, we let Becky use public transportation all on her own. The determining factor was scheduling: When Kimmy has her swimming lessons on Wednesdays, Becky needs to stay in school resource center for over an hour after classes, until Natasha can drive

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Either doors or phones

The property management agency for our landlord has decided that doors and windows of the laundry room need to be replaced. Fine by us – it’s not like we are paying. The contractors did not show up when they were expected several weeks ago, but except for a little annoyance – after all, Natasha planned

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travel

In favor of Club Med

I admittedly do not like packaged vacations. There are few things in this world that annoy me more than having to waste my time on account of strangers. Coupled with the penchant I have for being punctual, I would certainly waste disproportionate amount of time if I joined a tour group, which would prevent me

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Road tax

The concept of vehicle registration in Britain is substituted by the notion of the road tax. Same thing, different name, really, except that the proof of you having paid the tax – known as the Tax Disc – has to be prominently displayed on your windshield (while the proof of inspection does not). The real

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Skiing in Alps

Disclaimer #1: Admittedly, I am not much of a skier. Disclaimer #2: The closest that I’ve ever been to a major North American skiing resort is Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, which normally figures somewhere in the Top 20 on the travel magazines’ lists. I have never been to Colorado, Utah or British Columbia, having otherwise satisfied

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Back from Alps

We are back from our excellent Alpine adventure, and since I am sure that everyone is anxious to hear about it, here is a brief recap.     Yes, the skies were azure, the snow was sparkling, the setting was altogether gorgeous, and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. My three ladies skied as much as was

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123 meme

A very random meme, but a good illustration of the genre (which you can learn about here). Here are The Rules of this one: Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages). Open the book to page 123. Find the fifth sentence. Post the next three sentences. Tag five people. Let’s try

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Blackheath at lunchtime

On what was likely the first nice day of the year, I decided to work from home. Actually, I decided that the day before, since there were a couple of important chores to attend to prior to leaving for our Alpine skiing trip. The nice weather was purely coincidental. That was not the last of

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Random stuff about me

Taking a relay baton from Jason, here are a few tidbits about me that you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Bought everyone in the bar a drink?   For a reluctant pub-goer such as myself, that would be way over the top. Swam with wild dolphins?   No, but watched my daughter do

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London’s Low Emission Zone

The indefatigable London mayor, Ken Livingstone, has just inaugurated a low emission zone (LEZ) scheme. It establishes stinging fees – £200 per trip – for high-polluting vehicles’ privilege of driving within Greater London. The heaviest lorries are subject to restrictions effective today, while other lorries, buses, coaches, minibuses and large vans will be phased in

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Freezing but happy in the end

We have arranged with our friends Mila, Andrey and their kids to spend the Saturday afternoon on our territory, and the weather was seemingly cooperating, sunny and bright. The meeting point was Greenwich Park, and we got there a bit ahead of the time in order to spend some time outside in the fresh air…

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Day 489

It would be too spooky if on the very day that I suddenly decided to count how many days we’ve lived in England, the number would come out round. Alas, I was off by just 11 days from a really round one, even though “500 days” carry absolutely no significance timeline-wise… I managed to post

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