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Malta ~ Kalkara

Published by Davinia Marie<p>Bunnies | Overwatch | Mindfulness | Travel | Amateur Photography ... I'd be just as happy to lend a listening ear, as well …

Who’s afraid of Little Red Riding Hood?

One upon a time fairy tales were quite literally old wives’ tales. Over hundreds of years, in many European peasant communities, the oral folk tale …

READALIKES: Mindhunter

My Mindhunter readalikes list is featured on bookish website Nudge Book, a place where book lovers and casual readers can browse and discover authors …

To Extinguish & Ignite the Light of Magic (2)

<b>2.</b><p>Timothy bit into the apple.<p>Pink Lady apples were his favourite. They weren’t tart like the Granny Smith variety, or bland and boring like a Red …

Gozo ~ Ta’ Kola Windmill

We recently spent a day in tranquil rural Gozo and decided to visit some of the heritage sites we had never been to before.<p>Here are a few photos of …

READALIKES: Stranger Things

Sophomore season of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things launched last weekend. And what a season it was. Eleven and co. returned in blistering …

To Extinguish & Ignite the Light of Magic (1)

<b>1.</b><p>‘Timmy, Timmy, wake up little munchkin.’<p>Timothy felt a warm hand rubbing him awake. The soft fleshy palm and long bony fingers seemed to span the …

Italy ~ Nemi

<i>This August, we were invited to a friend’s wedding in the small town of Bracciano, situated in the province of Rome, Italy. As we were in the Lazio</i> …

Postcard #6

Dear Rosaline,<p>Before I left on my solo trip to Italy, you asked me, Isn’t travelling alone weird? What are you going to do all on your own? And I …

The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whitely

<b>Title:</b> Arrival of Missives <b><br>Author:</b> Aliya Whitely <b><br>Publisher:</b> Unsung Stories <b><br>Year of Publication:</b> 2016<p><b>Premise:</b><p>In the aftermath of the Great War, …

Rome ~ 5 Handy Tips

We spent a couple of days in Rome, Italy and fell in love with all its chaotic, breathtaking splendour. The glorious historical sites, the most …

Postcard #5

Saoirse,<p>The sea beckoned, it sang its alluring song, and you followed.<p>I blame myself really. I always knew that water had a hold over you. It drew …

The Door by Magda Szabó

<b>Title:</b> The Door <b><br>Author:</b> Magda Szabó <b><br>Translated by:</b> Len Rix <b><br>Publisher:</b> Vintage Publishing <b><br>Year of Publication:</b> 1987 / trans. 2006<p><b>Premise:</b><p>Magda, a busy …

Italy ~ Castel Gandolfo

<i>This August, we were invited to a friend’s wedding in the small town of Bracciano, situated in the province of Rome, Italy. As we were in the Lazio</i> …

Postcard #4

‘Alo Barney,<p>I made it to the country. Took me four hours to properly escape the big smoke. Woke up at the crack of dawn and drove and drove till I …

Goblin by Ever Dundas

<b>Title:</b> Goblin <b><br>Author:</b> Ever Dundas <b><br>Publisher:</b> Freight Books <b><br>Year of Publication:</b> 2017<p><b>Premise:</b><p>Unearthed WWII photos compel an elderly Goblin to confront …

Budapest ~ 3 Miscellaneous Favourites

<i>In June 2017, my wife was invited to attend a conference in Budapest, Hungary. Since I had never visited the famed bohemian city known as the Little</i> …

Postcard #3

Dear Dandelion flower,<p>As promised, a brief dispatch from paradise island.<p>You’ll be thrilled (and not at all jealous) to hear that your fav big sis is …

Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell

Title: Call of the Undertow <b><br>Author:</b> Linda Cracknell <b><br>Publisher:</b> Freight Books <b><br>Year of Publication:</b> 2013<p><b>Premise:</b> After a traumatic event, cartographer …

Budapest ~ Brody Studios

<i>In June 2017, my wife Davinia was invited to attend a conference in Budapest, Hungary. Since I had never visited the famed bohemian city known as the</i> …

Postcard #2

<i>Dear Jack,</i><p><i>It’s the festa this week. Got me thinking about when we were kids.</i><p><i>It seems almost unthinkable now, but our parents would let us run wild on</i> …

Pavone’s Toy Antiquinarium

Dear Vernon,<p>Something most peculiar happened on my recent antique hunt. I dare say the event is inexplicable, mind-boggling, downright fantastical. …

About Recommended Reads

This coming Monday the Strange & Ordinary Library will be opening its digital doors.<p>Here’s a brief introduction to what you can expect from these …

Books

Budapest ~ The Great Synagogue

<i>In June 2017, my wife was invited to attend a conference in Budapest, Hungary. Since I had never visited the famed bohemian city known as the Little</i> …

Postcard #1

<i>Dear Gemma,</i><p><i>Thought of you today while in Budapest. I was sat on a promenade bench by the Danube when with hardly a warning the heavens opened.</i> …

Beginnings

Hello,<p>Welcome to the Strange & Ordinary.<p>Here you’ll find personal travel diaries, art and culture reviews, photographs, and hopefully there’ll even …