Paris, two years on

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

E. Hemingway

View from Sacre Coeur

Atop Sacré Coeur

My first weeks in Paris were pretty miserable. After post-graduation bliss in Durham and a sun-drenched London summer, Paris was a disappointment.

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On Thessaloniki

This year’s World Universities’ Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece was really, really good.


This post is part reporting, congratulations, commiserations, reflections, thanks and straight-forward record-keeping. There’s lots about this week I don’t want to forget. A warning: I have a weakness for being melodramatic, and that weakness is thoroughly indulged here.

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