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Да нарисуваш пеперуда (To draw a butterfly)

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От Александра Грашкина Разказвала ли съм ви как имах наказателно домашно по рисуване? В пети клас трябваше да нарисувам пеперуда и крилата все не ставаха идеално симетрични. Затова госпожата идваше, късаше ми листа и ме караше да почна отново. Аз симетрична пеперуда не можех да нарисувам тогава, сега също не мога, но тогава още не беше ясно, че положението е непоправимо. Иначе аз пепе...

The inflation of Christmas presents and the joys of giving

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Just in case you misheard “the joys of giving” as “the choice of giving”, please make no mistake! There is no choice.  My son was a strong believer in Santa Claus until his teens. I am not entirely sure why he was so religiously attached to an old bearded man visiting once a year. It must have been something around his incentives to believ...

6,100 metres up in the Bolivian Andes

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In the summer of 2009, two university classmates and I went climbing Huayna Potosi, a 19,974-foot peak (6,100 m) in Bolivia. I was doing an internship in La Paz at a high altitude and was better acclimatized than M. & A., who came straight from the US. We started climbing from the base camp (located at 5,200 m altitude) at 1 am with two local guides. This was the only way to ...

Alex and the Globe

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In the autumn of 2007 I met Alex. He was three and was living in London. Alex did not know much about the world. His parents were from far away - as far away as New Zealand - but he hardly knew these places. He only knew he was from north London and identified himself as "a lot of Scottish" - he could not explain why. I like testing the limits of children. And I lo...

A birthday to remember

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The 2003 birthday of a good friend of mine was coming up soon and I wanted to give him a memorable present. I bought him Steven Hawking’s “Brief History of Time” but I wanted the present to be more than just a book. I came up with a plan: an office-wide quest in which he had to find his own present. I scattered 7-8 clues around the entire office floor, one leading to the other...

Ireland weekend 1-4 May 2015. My nieces and nephews growing up.

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It was Dad’s 72nd birthday on the 2nd and since he was very excited to have come through his recent surgery so well, he wanted to have a big family get together. It was a lower key trip than normal. I wasn’t a “tourist” in my home country like I normally am. I was there to see my Dad and help out at home where needed. As usual I got to see a lot of my niec...