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The Partridges Ate My Broccoli

The Partridges Ate My Broccoli


November 6, 2013 by Anthony Martin

It is not often that you discover an uplifting sound, a sound that that makes your heart sing and gives you a warm inner glow? A sound that makes you… Read more…

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Name and address witheld

September 9, 2013 by Anthony Martin

Why, oh why do those people who write complaining letters to publications sign off with a ‘Mr Angry’ or ‘Unhappy’ or even ‘Tim Portugal’ (which presumably stands for timid). If… Read more…

Categories: Rant of the Day

Lost in Translation

August 19, 2013 by Anthony Martin

There I was, in the middle of breakfast (toast and marmalade for those interested) when Filomena arrived. Nothing unusual in that for she arrives every weekday morning at the precise… Read more…

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They’ve gone

February 14, 2013 by Anthony Martin

They’ve gone. They’ve gone; they were only here a short time but now they’ve gone and life can continue as normal. Goodbye toast rack. Cheerio cut crystal Au revoir glass… Read more…

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December 2, 2012 by Anthony Martin

I know I’ve myself this question before but until now I never had an answer. However I now know why I am sitting here writing this, this blog which started… Read more…

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The Algarve Rock Choir

October 24, 2012 by Anthony Martin

 The blog-meister has metaphorically wrapped my knuckles and castigated me for not having written anything in yonks. It’s all very well for him, he is probably sitting in his minimalist office facing… Read more…

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The Fifth Season

March 1, 2012 by Anthony Martin

The months have yet again passed quickly, the croci are coming up, starting their annual battle against the weeds and as they appear I know that our peaceful autumn/winter has… Read more…

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Anyone you like

February 23, 2012 by Anthony Martin

I’ve been here a while now and the more people I meet the more I realise that ex-pat’s can, and often do,  re-invent themselves to create personas that are far… Read more…

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The Partridges Ate my Brocolli

December 12, 2011 by Anthony Martin

The partridges ate my broccoli. No seriously – they did. I should have known they would because Barry told me. He said “put up some netting or you won’t be… Read more…

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Change of Pace

December 12, 2011 by Anthony Martin

  With winter on its way I needed a waterproof cover for large umbrella on the terrace and went to my local supplier with the measurements to ask if he… Read more…

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