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    Shopping for a new perspective

    It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to people. Smiles are cheap. Manners are the same price. Yes, we all have our bad days when

    To hunt or not to hunt…

    Many years ago, in another life, I won a lottery. My prize? The opportunity to shoot a moose. I borrowed a 30.06 rifle and practised.

    Macedonia

    Ethnicity vs nationality

    I’m Irish. I was born in Ireland. I might, if the occasion called for it, qualify that descriptive by stating that I’m Catholic Irish. I

    7144

    A chandelier made from 7144 individual Swarovski crystal beads strung on strands falling from the ceiling would be at home in a ballroom in just

    Yes in my back yard

    There’s a tradition in Skopje that is dying out. There are probably lots of these, but this particular one speaks to the stomach. For the

    Gained in translation

    Just four days in Skopje taught me the value of suspending disbelief and just going with the flow. After a while, nothing seems too fantastical.

    2014 Grateful 33

    Voltaire reckoned that originality is nothing but judicious imitation. I wondered a little at that when I looked up to see something rather odd in

    Facelifts and tradition

    Although Skopje’s lords and masters continue to give the city a facelift, not everyone is happy with the result. Progress takes many shapes and forms

    Redefining kitsch

    I’m old enough to fess up to a number of obsessions, one of which is statues. They fascinate me on two levels: what they represent

    Another Disneyland?

    What I knew about Macedonia (as in the Republic of Macedonia and not the region in Greece) this time last week could have been written

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