As a Florida voter, here’s my two cents on the chorus of doom for the election

by Rashmee

Posted on October 18, 2020


As a Florida voter, I recently cast my vote, sending my overseas ballot on its way, tracked and signed for. It cost me £7.50 to ensure that my ballot gets to its intended destination well before election day, November 3. While marking my ballot, I had to choose between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. I … Continue reading “As a Florida voter, here’s my two cents on the chorus of doom for the election”

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So, now we know. #Facebook friends aren’t real friends

by Rashmee

Posted on November 20, 2018


Enormously impressed by Florida highest court. It’s ruled on something people should know, except that sometimes they don’t. Facebook friends aren’t real friends. Unless they already are, in real life. The common sense ruling, issued on November 15, was in the context of judge-lawyer relationships. Could a judge hear a case if the lawyer arguing … Continue reading “So, now we know. #Facebook friends aren’t real friends”

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The worry over Hurricane #Irma: our house is in Florida

by Rashmee

Posted on September 12, 2017


Here’s an email from the tenants at our house in western Florida: “Hope all is well.  I am sure you are aware of the hurricane headed our way.  We are preparing for this storm.  We are boarding windows at the home and preparing for water surges.  I will let you know if there is (sic) … Continue reading “The worry over Hurricane #Irma: our house is in Florida”

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Jumbo change in prospect as the American circus elephant finally retires

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2016


Yesterday (Sunday, May 1), a146-year-old American tradition of the circus elephant officially died out. Jumbo went into retirement. As The Boston Globe’s Alex Beam wrote ahead of the event: “At Providence’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center…for the last time, elephants will perform in a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.” It’s one of those things that sounds sad … Continue reading “Jumbo change in prospect as the American circus elephant finally retires”

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Tampa Bay ‘menu anomalies’: If you want to eat local, move to Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on April 19, 2016


Are you really surprised that a Tampa Bay Times food critic has been able to provide an exhaustive investigation of the phoniness of restaurants’ claims that their food is organic, locally sourced or non-GMO? Do you really think that good affordable fare can really be all of those things and – this is crucial – available … Continue reading “Tampa Bay ‘menu anomalies’: If you want to eat local, move to Tunisia”

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America’s #1 Burger, says Oprah of this quirky Ft Lauderdale eatery

by Rashmee

Posted on February 4, 2014


Oprah’s show and GQ magazine voted Le Tub as purveyors of the best hamburgers in America. I’m not sure that’s strictly true, (my vote still goes to Joe Biden’s favourite, Ray’s Hellburgers in Arlington, VA) but Le Tub is certainly a slice of Americana. Right on Florida’s Intra-Coastal Waterway. Consider this. It’s festooned with old … Continue reading “America’s #1 Burger, says Oprah of this quirky Ft Lauderdale eatery”

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…& in the middle of January, I know what, not where, I’d rather be

by Rashmee

Posted on January 21, 2014


It was this New York Times haiku that made me realize the problem. and in the middle of January, I know where I’d rather be Except that I don’t. I’m not sure if Port au Prince – good weather, poor roads, indescribable traffic – is  exactly the place I want to be. So where else? … Continue reading “…& in the middle of January, I know what, not where, I’d rather be”

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Travels through hyper-reality with art that looks exactly like life

by Rashmee

Posted on November 13, 2013


To see ‘Vendor with Walkman’, at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s departure terminal is to partake of the kind of art that the pros call mimetic realism and the layperson would simply describe as intensely lifelike. A rather lumpy young American in baseball cap and sneakers, his orange T-shirt straining to cover the expanse of his … Continue reading “Travels through hyper-reality with art that looks exactly like life”

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Miami intersects with Lionel Shriver’s new book about obesity

by Rashmee

Posted on May 8, 2013


Perhaps Miami is the very place to be hearing Lionel Shriver talk about her new book, ‘Big Brother’ (to be published tomorrow, Thursday, May 9). Ms Shriver’s book is about her brother’s death as the result of extreme obesity. Miami, famously, is the land of the beautiful people (I could be wrong, but I think … Continue reading “Miami intersects with Lionel Shriver’s new book about obesity”

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Suncoast Florida: Joke industry a sunshine sector

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2013


Chances are the jokes about Florida will either have you laughing till you’re red in the face, or at least, red with embarrassment. Here’s one for the grinfest: “A man walked into a Florida bar with his alligator and asked the bartender: ‘Do you serve lawyers here?’ ‘Sure.’ ‘Good. One beer for me and a … Continue reading “Suncoast Florida: Joke industry a sunshine sector”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK