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Living Abroad II: The Nordic Saga

10 years ago this week I moved to Germany. After six fantastic months in Köln, I was blessed with a humbling send-off from the friends I had made – singing a traditional Kölsch farewell song to boot. That experience was a formative, transformative one for me. And now I’m living abroad again – this time in Stockholm. …

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How One Tiny Text Tweak Helped Me Meet My Wife

After dating random friends of friends for a year, I decided to get serious. How can I increase the chances of finding someone I really like? Time to try internet dating. Guardian Soulmates. Spent a couple of hours looking all sorts of profiles (girls and boys) to see how people used the site, and what …

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A Year In Design

I’m no designer, and I felt that I didn’t have a strong sense of what kind of thing appealed to me. So I spent a year aim collecting examples of designs I liked, then teased out the threads that connected the ones I liked most. Below is the final post of the project. It summarises what I found and what I …

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The Strange Case of Newbury and Maidenhead

Newbury and Maidenhead nestle quietly west of London. Neither has a professional football team, neither is a hotbed of cutting-edge consumer tech, and neither has >100,000 inhabitants. So when my team launched a Facebook football game, we were shocked to see Newbury and Maidenhead in the list of top 10 places where our players lived. This …

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My German TV debut (3.1m YouTube views and counting)

I was on German TV in a police comedy sketch show, and the clip now has over 3 million views on YouTube! The show was called Alles In Ordnung? (Is Everything In Order?), and it ran on ProSieben from 2005-06. It was pretty cool, a very dry comedy in which useless police officers would bumble through serious and not so serious …

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So I applied to be an astronaut

My life’s ambition is to go into space, so a few years ago I applied to be an astronaut. At the time anyone could apply to ESA (the European Space Agency), so I went to the doc and to the hospital, had a bunch of tests done, filled out the application form and sent it …

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A personal On This Day

My boss’s wife posts photos of their (super-cute) son on Facebook almost every day. When he grows up he’s going to be able to look back at pretty detailed record of his childhood. Google recently released a neat video about a father who emails his daughter every day from the day she was born: I’ve …

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