Category Archives: Mark

Tell me sooner rather than later

Illustration by Enrique Cropper “Understanding a colleague’s motivations is key to working effectively together,” I was explaining, as the aroma of our morning coffee wafted over our conversation about career development in the European Regulatory Authority. My colleagues both gave … Continue reading

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On the line

Artwork by Enrique Cropper Close your eyes. The world you see is white. Imagine you are walking along a line. The line is green and heads straight before you, it disappears in the distance. There are other lines but yours … Continue reading

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Out of What Law

Artwork by Enrique Cropper Their office block was nothing special by Brussels standards: recent refurbishment; nylon replacement carpet; LED lights fitted according to the new European norm; and a lick of pastel paint, trying hard to give the impression everything … Continue reading

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Fly Matthias, Fly!

Artwork by Enrique Cropper On Sundays, with fine weather, our family loved to make the half-hour trip out of Bruxelles to Rebecq. The kids were always thrilled to hear the steamy hisses and the clunks of the pistons and see … Continue reading

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I     An Honour’d Brother All artwork by Enrique Cropper Light. Dark. Tone. Warmth. Whence Birth Mother bore Air Life breath’d Breast Milk fed Blood Kin rear’d Strong back labour’d Wood Home built Fair Wife betroth’d Offspring begat Grey Beard … Continue reading

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