Robert Pimm: all about writing



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Welcome to over 300 entries!  This page is to help you find your way via five pleasure paths.  All links in bold italics are to other posts on this site.  

1. Original fiction and writing tips

2. Reviews

I was prompted to start writing reviews by so enjoying the awesome Anthony Trollope that I felt I had to share him.  I received a strong response, so thought I would try a few others.  You can see them all or sample the list below:


Which Vienna cafes are the best (one of my most popular reviews, regularly updated)

Why sequels suck

DON’T PANIC: a communications masterclass 10/10

The Wave: 5 reasons to miss it & 7 reasons you must see it 9/10

Spectre: 5 reasons to miss it & 5 reasons you’ll see it 4/10

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 6 reasons I was surprised 8/10

Making fun of the English?  The great George Mikes 10/10

Independence Day 2: Oh, my God! 1/10

Football: how to fix FIFA and World Cup corruption

How to find your way (maps and navigation)

“Lion” – the film.  The real India?

Fine Austrian movies: Toni Erdmann vs Wilde Maus

India: 10/10. Shantaram 3/10

Central European melancholy 10/10

Fine Austrian movies: Toni Erdman vs Wilde Maus

How to read P G Wodehouse: a practical guide

The Third Man. Movie magic – 10/10

Get Out – an instant classic? 9/10

Zombeavers?  Yes!  Prometheus?  Yes!  A girl walks home alone at night? Not yet… and Tokyo Tribes 9/10

Museum of Innocence: how men think? 8/10

6 reasons “The Neon Demon” makes “Showgirls” look like Shakespeare 2/10

The Internet. 7 reasons why it will destroy civilisation

Nine questions about the Alan Clark Diaries: 0/10? or 10/10?

Vienna and Istanbul: the best cities on earth?

3. Existential and women

Reflections on happiness, the meaning of life, and women, e.g.:

Wonder Woman and Wartime Moral Confusion (WMC)

How to be happy: 11 simple tools 

The one with the links to happiness

Women in fiction: Atomic Blonde and Blood Summit

Tuchman’s Law (or “Always look on the bright side”?): 9/10

Happiness and small victories 

Things are getting worse, right?  Wrong. Here’s why

Want to smartphone detox?  Here’s how

The Simpsons – existential, circular fantasy

Spectre: another reason to miss it? Women. 4/10

4. Journalism

This is mostly pieces I have actually published in the print media, collected together here.  These are the as-published versions except that I may have published them under another name.

– Financial Times, “Behind every great woman… (challenges facing male partners of successful women)

– Financial Times, “Where the wall came down” (a walk around the Berlin Wall)

– Financial Times, “Island with well-hidden treasures” (Lundy Island)

– Financial Times, “A tale of two all-in resorts” (German holiday resorts are better than French ones)

– Financial Times, “Rag’n’bones to riches” (80th birthday of Mary, from Arsenal)

– Financial Times, “Austrian idyll far from the well-worn pistes” (the joy of Lech)

– Financial Times, “When dinner becomes the last supper” (astonishing German waiters)

– Financial Times, “Enough Buddhas for today” (Bangkok with children)

– Financial Times, “We’ll soon all beg to fly business” (how airlines plan to make us upgrade)

– Die Welt, “Im Dienst Ihrer Majestät” (in German: women’s diplomatic careers)

– Financial Times, “Balmy breezes and beach bars in Berlin

– Financial Times, “Where even experts fear to tread” (why try guided ski-ing?)

– Financial Times, “Sole mates” (Strolz ski boots)

– Boston Globe, “New Zealand at a crossroads” (over-development of NZ tourism)

– Financial Times, “The Penguin’s Distressed. We’d Better Go” (NZ eco-tourism)

– Financial Times, “The Joy of Roaming the English Countryside” (long-distance footpaths)

– Financial Times Magazine, “All the Rage in Berlin” (Little Traffic Light Men)

– Financial Times, “From Tears to Triumph” (why use ski schools?)

– Financial Times Magazine, “All the Rage in Lech, Austria” (heated ski lift seats)

– Financial Times, “Rattle and Roll to the Alps (night ski-trains)

– Financial Times, “Charmed By the No-Frills Alternative” (basic country hotels)

– Boston Globe, “A flaming end to Carnival and winter’s woes (Cologne Carnival)

– Financial Times, “When Tourist Reinvention Spins Out of Control” (the over-development of Barcelona)

– Boston Globe, “A Temple to Faith, Time and Resolve” (Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia)

– Financial Times, “Nice Buildings, Shame About the Events” (Can hosting sporting events give a country good PR?)

– Boston Globe, “When hush, crowds descend” (Vienna’s Central Cemetery)

– Boston Globe, “History in the Tropics” (St Helena before the airport)

5.  The latest thing

If you’re a regular visit, you can browse my latest blogs in the column on the right (“LATEST POSTS”). Recent pieces include: How to be understood: 7 tips A new Hotel Story: The Three Headsabout the publication of my 7th Hotel Story; Happiness and small victories, a rather personal post about what makes me happy; and Transience and Fat Lamaabout the future of ownership, sacred carpentry, and maps.  Look down the right hand column to see what’s new.

The tremendous Fat Lama logo

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