Monthly Archives: April 2008

Snapshots of Life in Reading

  The Sun rose here today at 5:30 and will set today at 8:30 – a pretty long day for April.   The Royal Mail Service delivers the post twice a day, the Post Office still sells stamps you have … Continue reading

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Not So Funny To Some

The movie 3 and Out, directed by and starring Mackenzie Crook of The Office, opened here to protests. The movie’s protaganist is a London Tube (subway) train engineer who tries to take advantage of a work rule that allows him … Continue reading

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More UK Driving Fun

  Continuing the tales from my driving lesson experience mentioned in my last post, I wish to share with you a few passages from the Driving Standards Agency Official Guide to Driving, which I bought today, regarding the use of the … Continue reading

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Cars in the Roundabout Have “Priority”

My company is leasing a car for me in the next few weeks and I had a 2-hour "refresher" driving lesson today; it was incredibly stressful. In addition to having to remember to stay on the correct, if totally foreign, side of the … Continue reading

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Over The Top

You may remember a saying that the British, bearing up under the burden of American G.I. guests during WWII, came up with: the “Yanks” were “Oversexed, Overpaid, and Over Here”. So it was with some amusement that I saw an … Continue reading

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Great Expectations

It’s funny how we humans see what we want to see, how our expectations often completely control us. I’m thinking of a recent experience in a restaurant here where the menu said “Mexican Beef Salad”. I’m a big fan of … Continue reading

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The Grocery Store Experience

  There are two grocery stores I frequent here, both within walking distance. I have not made it to the Emerald City of Tesco yet, as it’s outside downtown. Instead I use the Marks & Spencer and the Sainsbury.   … Continue reading

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My Encounter with a Pickpocket

  Throughout my travels over the years, I have been in many places where pickpockets are said to be operating. Some places even post signs along the sidewalk saying so. I have been known to carry my money in a … Continue reading

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