Richard de Nooy

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Biography

Richard de Nooy (1965) grew up in South Africa and vowed to travel the world. He didn’t get much further than Amsterdam, where he has lived for the past 25 years. He spends his days writing and translating and staring at the sky, trying to guess where the planes are going. He will be mapping his ignorance of the world’s cities from his desk chair, using his preferred mode of transport; the worldwide web. He hopes readers will excuse his ignorance and help fill the vast gaps in his knowledge with entertaining and enlightening anecdotes about their home towns. Richard de Nooy’s novels have been published in English and Dutch. You’ll find further information on his site www.richarddenooy.com. Photo by Stefanie Grätz

Latest posts

  1. Messtivals & Colourbrations — March 18, 2014
  2. Finding Bilbao — February 21, 2014
  3. Matching Friends and Films for IDFA 2013 — November 26, 2013
  4. A Tuscan Mystery — October 25, 2013
  5. The Frutch — September 27, 2013

Author's posts listings

26
Aug
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Bangkok en Helsinki

I’d like to round off this series on cities that might want to consider changing their names with Bangkok and Helsinki. I’d also like to extend unsolicited advice to Madrid, Los Angeles, Fukuoka, Sioux City and several other towns that have been lumped with questionable airport codes. Let me begin with Bangkok, which has made… read more »

19
Aug
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Kuala Lumpur

Last week I boldly suggested that Warsaw might increase its popularity in the English-speaking world if it began using the less violent and more romantic name Varszawa. This is not only a closer approximation of the city’s real name in Polish, but it also hints at the romantic legend of the mermaid who graces the… read more »

12
Aug
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Warsaw

I had always hoped that my childish sense of humour would somehow dry up after I turned 40, but sadly I was wrong. And so I still giggle whenever I read or hear the names of certain cities: Warsaw (no wooden hut is safe); Kuala Lumpur (No. 37 on the menu at The Golden Temple,… read more »

05
Aug
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Canada

I had only just posted my blog on Calgary, singing the praises of the friendly, modest, apologetic Canadians, when reports started coming in from Vancouver, where unhappy ice hockey fans had taken it upon themselves to prove they were a lot tougher and more violent than I had suggested. While I realise that my blog… read more »

29
Jul
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Buenos Aires

“Nice Air” – that’s what I thought Buenos Aires meant. Which just goes to show how ignorant I am. The truth is always more complicated. Especially if you consult your wife. Allow me to explain. The Argentine capital was founded twice. The first time round it was named Santa María del Buen Aire (“Our Lady… read more »

22
Jul
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Miami Vice

I have always had a rather troubled relationship with Miami. It all began with Crocket and Tubbs. For older readers, those names will immediately conjure up images of two flashy detectives racing around Miami in expensive cars and speedboats, fighting Florida drug lords. Younger readers may have seen the more recent movie remake of the… read more »

15
Jul
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Norway

I have always wanted to see The Fjords. I’m not sure why. Maybe because they featured in my father’s travel slides, which we begged him to screen three or four times a year, before we got a TV. I was also pretty crazy about Vikings and Prince Valiant back in those days, and I loved… read more »