Category Archives: holiday

Ordering on the menu

I’m visiting my parents again. My dad is in a long queue for a new knee on the Spanish national health service, so after my conference I trotted a couple of hundred kilometres down the coast to boost his spirits … Continue reading

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Stop fighting the mountain

Most people who know me can’t quite believe I’m into skiing. Sometimes I can’t believe it either. It’s what insurers would consider a high-risk sport—when I’m usually a very low-risk person—and involves a large amount of consumption: it’s probably (depending … Continue reading

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How seen was that valley

We spent the last few days in north-west Wales with both sets of in-laws. Despite being in a mobile-signal blackspot, and despite coping for four days with my parents, and despite the fact that neither Gwynedd nor Conwy are exactly … Continue reading

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Near and Loire

I’ve just come back from a trip to the Loire. A friend is currently trialling working from Lille rather than Oxford (his commute to near Stevenage remains the same time, and roughly the same level of shlep) and he decided … Continue reading

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Incommunicado or incapacitated

I have spent much of the first month and a bit of 2013 in the fug of very low-level, rather mediocre illness. My Christmas cold finally faded away, to be replaced by another one in late January. Meanwhile my sprained … Continue reading

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What would Morrissey say?

Spain, I love you. But when it comes to any kind of vegetarian food, you drive me crazy. Even my one-time Spanish housemate – a vegetarian herself – declared that if she hadn’t been brought up in the heart of … Continue reading

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Behind the clouds is the sun still shining

To me, this has seemed a lovely summer so far. There’ve been occasional downpours, but also lots of clear, bright days, and several remarkably sunny ones. While this weekend itself has been lovely, lots of the past week has been … Continue reading

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The Magical Whisky Tour

We’ve just been on a week’s holiday to the Kintyre peninsula, Islay and Jura; me, K, my parents and her parents. The weather was in turns awful and glorious: awful as we relaxed in our private sitting room in the … Continue reading

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Training owls; but next time we train ourselves

K. and I went to the Hawk Conservancy Trust last weekend, just west of Andover. It was a marvellous experience: the slightly understated nature of the birds in their enclosures is completely offset by the incredibly well choreographed displays: choreographed … Continue reading

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Service outages in the coming months

How much and how often I write here for the next few weeks will be entirely out of my control. This is because a couple of weeks ago my mother was diagnosed with early breast cancer. On Tuesday she will … Continue reading

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