Monthly Archives: May 2008

A Royal Home and A Sixties Theme

  We went seriously Tourist on Wednesday and went over to nearby Windsor, about 10 miles away, and toured Windsor Castle. It’s the “oldest and largest occupied castle in the world”, according to the guidebook, and figures in “900 years … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Stonehenge

  For those following the Father-Daughters 2008 Tour, we high-tailed it Sunday in the pouring rain for two hours up to Leicester (US English: "Lester") and gave my new SatNav (GPS) navigation unit a test. It insisted on taking us … Continue reading

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Who Was That Rotund Man?

  We continued our Saturday tour of London by walking up to Piccadilly Circus (the “Times Square” of London) in time for the 4 pm matinee of The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre. The 600-seat theater is entirely underground … Continue reading

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Bunkering Down

  The Churchill Cabinet War Rooms is the underground bunker from which Winston Churchill and his generals directed the British fight in WWII. It was built, in anticipation of the bombing that was sure to come when Germany declared war … Continue reading

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Daughters on Holiday

  I picked up my daughters, Lindsay and Sarah, at Heathrow airport last Friday and they were none the worse for the flight from Dulles (even if it was a few hours late departing). It was wonderful to see them … Continue reading

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Very Special Guests

  My apologies for the sporadic nature of my recent posts. I’ve been preparing for the arrival of my two very special guests: Lindsay and Sarah, my 22- and 19-year old daughters. They’re arriving Friday for a week and I’m … Continue reading

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Good Times at the Reading Library

  Libraries are wonderful institutions and the Reading Central Library has provided me with a lot of good books to read. Some cultural observers think that, in the Digital Age, printed books, like newspapers, will die off but I strongly … Continue reading

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Farewell $1 Bill

  From time to time you read about the U.S. Treasury department considering doing away with the $1 bill. They say it would be much better, for many reasons, to replace it with a coin. These stories usually also contain … Continue reading

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UK Petrol Prices Hit New High

  Petrol (gasoline) prices here hit a record high recently, clearing the 5 pound mark for a gallon. That’s over $10 a gallon! Or, to put it another way, filling up your car will cost you $150! Is that where US gas prices … Continue reading

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Rugby: The Sport of Men

  Today I attended my first professional rugby match, featuring the local favorites, The London Irish, versus Leeds. There’s a nice stadium just outside town and convenient bus service from the city center, so off I went. I’d followed this … Continue reading

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