Ten tips to help with a house move

This was written in 2012 – more moving followed, which is when the photographs were taken. Hope there’s something in here that’s useful for someone.

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Packed up for the move The packers are in the building

House moves are stressful. We’ve done a few…twelve in two decades, which means a fairly constant state of pack and unpack.

Five of the moves have been with three children and a dog, and of those five family moves, two have been international.

Here’s a little of what we’ve learned, written with huge respect for all on the move.

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Sunshine and storm in Stockholm in spring

This is one of the first travel blogs on The Phraser. It took a while to re-arrange into a readable piece, which I hope means that my blogging skills have improved over the years. The grainy photographs are the few I took at the time.

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We are in Stockholm for three nights.

There is spring sunshine and a snowstorm…and there is the old, the grand, the brand new, and plenty of food.

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Football: Didier Drogba’s Gift to Chelsea Football Club

This was written in the early months of The Phraser when the football excitement must have caught my eye. I’ve tidied it slightly, to try to make it read better.

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Didier Drogba was a striker for Chelsea Football Club…one of their best.

The piece that follows was written in 2012.

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Book review: The Last Resort – A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers

The tidying up of The Phraser continues. This, rearranged so it reads better, was the first book I reviewed.

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The Last Resort - A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers The Last Resort – A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers

This memoir covers eight years in a country that is finger-nailed to a crumbling cliff. It should be a tough read…but it isn’t.

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Review: Don McCullin Photography Exhibition at Tate Britain

At the entrance to the exhibition of Don McCullin's photographs at Tate Britain, London

At the entrance to the exhibition of Don McCullin’s photographs at Tate Britain, London

Black and white and not very big, each frame – and there are rooms of them – shows what it felt like to be there. Not easy most of the time, but so compelling.

The exhibition of photographs taken by Don McCullin over the last sixty years is on at the Tate Britain in London until 6 May 2019. I went last week…so did plenty of others.

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Drama on the First Night of the Dover Military Tattoo 2012

Another early post on The Phraser, given a boost by the recent addition of this image of a Turner painting that the Tate has kindly allowed me to use.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) 'Ports of England' Watercolours, Dover, D18154 Turner Bequest CCVIII U, digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported) Dover circa 1825 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/D18154 digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has passed in a wave of celebrations. One took place in a damp mist on the parade ground at Connaught Barracks, high above Dover.

There was a breeze and plenty of drama.

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Film Review: Men In Black³

During my update of The Phraser – and my filing of everything under the new menu system – I came across this review of Men In Black³ from 2012. I remember the film, and that writing the review made me smile – I hope you enjoy it…even if you never get to see the film. (I have made a few minor changes to the piece but nothing much.)

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Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

This is a film with plenty of splash – perfect for an imagination wilted by supermarket aisles or the daily commute.

The first MIB (Men in Black) film was made in 1997, the second in 2002 and the third in 2012.

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