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Through a dog’s eyes

Hello. My name is Hallie and I am an immigrant. Not by choice, you understand. No-one even asked me if I wanted to move halfway across the world. I suppose that’s because I’m a dog, and dogs don’t really answer questions. Just over a year ago, I was living a very comfortable life, though ofRead more

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Back on home turf

One of the less appealing things about being an expat is the guilt that comes along for the ride. My guilt started the day I left my family, friends and cat in England in 2003, and continues to this day. A primary reason for leaving Canada is because my dad is ill. I don’t wellRead more

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The renting experience

I  have learned the hard way about the joys of renting. I’m sure that not every renter’s experience is similar, and I would hope not. My experience is based only upon the UK, and only upon a dodgy agency whose name I won’t mention. OK, I will: Choices. If you ever find yourself renting a  property in theRead more

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First world problems

I miss my vacuum It is a first world problem, I know, but things just don’t work as well here. I knew this already from when I lived here before, and it could be because things are usually older, but I suppose I got spoiled by Canada and its efficiency. Here I am struggling dailyRead more

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Christmas at home

For the first time in 12 years, I will be spending this Christmas with my family. In the time I have lived in Canada, one of the hardest things – as any immigrant will know – is to be away from family at this time of year. When your parents are ageing, this becomes even moreRead more

I’m going home, I’ve done my time

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road I have lived in Canada for 12 years. In that time, Daughter K has moved back to England three times. For 12 years, she has had one foot planted hesitantly on home soil. She is back in England again now, firmly established with a job and a flat and a newRead more

How to survive your son’s rugby tour

The road to Sanix It is the Earl Marriott Senior Boy’s rugby tour to South Korea and Fukuoka, Japan, for the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament. Sanix is a yearly competition where selected youth teams throughout the world are invited to take part. Earl Marriott is the only Canadian boys’ team at the competition. MyRead more

2014 – DO ONE!

Saying goodbye to a terrible year If ever there was a time when an insult could adequately be aimed at a year, it is now, it is aimed at 2014, and it is this: DO ONE! “Do One” is taken from the Northern English expression meaning “to get lost; go away; get out of myRead more

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