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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

After the fire

Charlie was initiated to bonfires by his grandfather this summer, on a cold July afternoon in France. You can tell how much someone has enjoyed a bonfire using the grub scale: if they come away clean (grub factor 1), they haven’t properly participated in the experience; if they come away smelling of smoke and covered in soot (grub factor 5), they have achieved full conversion. Charlie did well. Can you tell?20150730-GY7C2440

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