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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?

Music Love

Blog every day in May, day 25: What are your top 5 favourite albums and why?

Do you remember what I said here, about not being musical? Yeah, well, that makes this kind of hard to do. Can we compromise and say I’ll list 5 tunes I like instead of 5 whole albums? OK, thank you. So, in no particular order:

1. Michael Jackson: Thriller (the song – although I did just look up the album and it’s all good. Ditto Bad);

2. Bonnie Tyler, Holding out for a Hero (I know she’s now famous for doing terribly on the Eurovision song contest, but Footloose was my favorite film growing up – still is if I’m honest – and this is the song that epitomizes that film to me);

3. Florence and the Machine & Dizzee Rascal performing You Got the Dirtee Love (I have a weird crush on Dizzee – Hanno went to the same school as him, don’t you know?);

4. Pavarotti performing Nessun Dorma (you don’t get voices like that on the X-factor. No you don’t. No really. Not even close. Please don’t compare Susan Boyle to Pavarotti: I’ll cry);

5. Jeff Buckey’s version of Hallelujah (I will forever associate this song with the year I moved back to England).

Let it not be said that I do not have completely random taste in music. And for those of you who were considering disowning me due to my lack of musicality, please be reassured that in making this list, I thought of hundreds of other songs I loved. So I’m not completely immune to the power of music. Can you like me again now?

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