Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Museum of Reading

  The Town Hall in central Reading includes a conference center, tourist information center, concert hall, and a very nice museum. With temperatures pushing 80-degrees, rare high humidity, and the British penchant to eschew air conditioning, including in my flat, … Continue reading

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But Does The Queen Know?

  I mentioned earlier in this blog that plans for the US restaurant chain Hooters to expand in the UK was causing some protest. I also mentioned that there we already four of them here and that they’d been doing … Continue reading

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Billy Elliot, The Musical

  Yesterday I went into London and, with a visiting friend, went to see the musical Billy Elliot. It’s been running for the past three years at the Victoria Palace theatre, a great old place, very ornate, but with comfortable … Continue reading

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You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog

  As I may have mentioned, the nightlife here in Reading can be pretty strange. I encountered this group, assembling for a night on the town, yesterday evening and couldn’t resist taking their picture. If you can’t tell, except for … Continue reading

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Jesters Do Oft Prove Prophets

  I’ve just finished reading a biography of William Shakespeare, written by Bill Bryson. As you may know, Bryson is an American raised in England and the author of several well-received books, including A Walk in the Woods, his absolutely … Continue reading

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Imagine If I’d Chosen “Expedited Delivery”

  Before coming to the UK, I was a frequent Internet shopper and an regular L.L. Bean customer. This last is partially due to the fact that I have an 18-inch neck and LLB is one of the few places … Continue reading

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And Hot Dogs, Too

  A very happy 4th of July, Independence Day, greeting to all the "former colonials" in my audience. My British acquaintances here (and even strangers, such as bartenders who pick up on my American accent) are well-aware that the 4th of … Continue reading

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