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    2015 Grateful 30

    Are tattoos to bodies what graffiti is to walls and buildings? I’m not sure. There’s been a lot in the press lately about tattoos and

    There’s more to Parma than ham and cheese

    The city of Parma, without the ham and the cheese, is more than just eggs. That said, it takes a little getting used to as

    Twins, wheels, and hammers

    I lived with a chap once who would throw up at the smell of Parmesan cheese. He hated the smell. Absolutely detested it. And this

    Counterfeit ham

    I’ve heard of fake Gucci bags, fake Rolex watches, fake tans, but fake hams? This was a first for me. In Parma last month, I

    The price of popularity

    Driving in Italy was quite the experience, not least because my Italian is worse than my Hungarian. Figuring out the caveats that came attached to

    A world behind walls

    Other people’s opinions and impressions can have a marked effect on me. It depends, of course, the weight I give them and how they’ve done

    Auto correction

    If I’m already in a bad mood, auto-correction on my phone has been known to drive me over the edge, into a world where I

    Exposing style

    ‘I’ll come around and pick you up’, he said, in a to-die-for Italian accent. ‘Ten minutes. Be ready.’ ‘Okay’, says I. ‘I’ll go down and

    Bourbon Tunnels

    ‘Don’t ever say you’re dying of hunger; you have no clue what it means.’ That little gem gave me something to think about: those throwaway

    Back by popular demand

    Modesty aside, I think I have a fairly decent vocabulary. I can’t lay claim to knowing every word in the dictionary but I could make

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