Richard de Nooy

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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

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08
Jul
posted by Richard de Nooy at 14:00 comment View Comments
Family Home

I can’t put it off any longer: I must write about Johannesburg. And I must start by saying that no other city in the world fills me with such dread. Maybe everyone who flees their hometown returns with that heavy stone in their stomachs. In my case, it’s more like a bagful of pebbles that… read more »

01
Jul
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Photo of Hen - Toulouse

I have never been to Toulouse, but my friend Sparrow has. Last week he sent me several scanned pages of the diary he kept during our trip to France. This was back in the mid-1980s, when we were still young and adventurous and blonde. At this point, I think I should warn younger readers to… read more »

24
Jun
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Photo - Jesse Warren

Whenever I feel cocky and think I’m starting to get a grip on the world, I remind myself of China and realise how ignorant I really am. Until about a week ago, I knew the names of three Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. I’d read about other cities in articles, but somehow their… read more »

17
Jun
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Backpacker in Bangkok

I hate camping. There, I’ve said it. I just don’t get it. Why surround yourself with all sorts of creature comforts – a magnificent mattress, a fully-functioning fridge, a dandy dishwasher, a spacious stove, copious cutlery and crockery, and a queue-free toilet and shower – and then leave all that behind to “get back to… read more »

10
Jun
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Red Fort by Helen Moffett

My wife took off to Delhi today. I didn’t. But there’s no need to feel sorry for me, because I get to play one of my favourite games, which is to come up with all the things I won’t be doing in Delhi in the next three days. I usually play this game all on… read more »

03
Jun
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The Suriname River at Berg & Dal by Raj Mohan

One of the things I love most about Amsterdam is the incredible diversity of its inhabitants. The city is home to more than 130 different nationalities and a ten-minute walk will take me to the door of restaurants run by people of Moroccan, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese, Surinamese, Japanese, Turkish, Thai, Greek and Fusion descent. The… read more »

27
May
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Rome

I’ve been to Rome. Just once. About twenty years ago. I saw the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Basilica San Pietro. I witnessed the instatement of a new president (Scalfaro). I shared a pizza with strangers at a long table in Trastevere. I was ‘manhandled’ twice (in an underwear shop and a bar). I washed… read more »