People watching and shoes

Pair of distressed shoes

Standing idly on the train station platform this evening, I decided there was nothing better to look at than the shoes of the people swarming around me. I prefer to think that still says more about the station and my computer-tired eyes than my proclivity for shoes. A train pulling in provided me with an… Continue reading People watching and shoes

Tips for successful repatriations

[This post originally appeared over at Move Guides.] In my earlier Blogger's Q&A for Move Guides, I was asked about the three tips I would give to any repatriates before journeying back to their homeland. I said, ‘Be positive, plan (from before you move abroad if you can) and do not expect it to be… Continue reading Tips for successful repatriations

Repatriation cheat sheet

Photograph of beach hut

  I've finally put together a short 'cheat sheet' for people preparing to repatriate to their home country. Repatriations and return migrations are very common but they are not talked about as much as moves abroad, which is why I chose to do my PhD research on the subject. My research was with British households… Continue reading Repatriation cheat sheet

Proofreading and gendered language

Chinese wedding figures

I have been happily tapping away on Pages for a while now but only used the proofreading function recently. I already had the spell checker turned on so my pages are decorated by red dotted lines where I resist the opportunity to correct/'Americanize' my spelling (note to self: change dictionary language). Running the proofreader on… Continue reading Proofreading and gendered language

There and back again: a hobbit returns home

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I have just finished re-reading Tolkien's The Hobbit, inspired to return to a childhood book by the forthcoming film. This reminded me that Bilbo's journey and subsequent memoir are a perfect depiction of what it means to return home after living abroad or, as in The Hobbit, after an extended trip away. Since this is… Continue reading There and back again: a hobbit returns home