Monthly Archives: August 2008

A Trip to the Wallace Collection

  I discovered the Wallace Collection yesterday, a hidden gem of a museum. It’s in a former palatial private residence set across from a stunning private park, quite near Oxford Circus in London and just down the street from the … Continue reading

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The Reading Festival Begins

  Tomorrow marks the start of the Reading Festival. This is a genuine, Woodstock-style music festival that runs for three days during this national holiday weekend. This year is the 20th anniversary of the festival and they expect 80,000 to … Continue reading

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Life in the Small City

  One of the most remarkable things about living in Reading is how small my world is. In the U.S. I live in a totally suburban setting, where driving is required to do just about everything. In Reading, I live … Continue reading

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My 1st Visit to the NHS Doctor

  I‘ve been having some ear aches and impaired hearing, so I went to the National Health Service doctor near my house. I have company-provided private health insurance but it only covers ER and hospital treatment and "your NHS professional" … Continue reading

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Repeat Offenders

  Here’s an interesting story that’s indicative of the legal process here in England. It seems a heroin addict snuck into a local church and made off with the handbag of a 73-year old woman, while she was praying. He … Continue reading

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The Great British Beer Festival

  Switching to the complete other end of the cultural spectrum, I traded the crowds at the British Museum for the happier crowds at the Great British Beer Festival, one of the largest beer festivals in the world. This four-day event, … Continue reading

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The Emperor Hadrian

  Yesterday our “Chance of Rain” forecast really meant “All Rain”. It was a good day, then, to go the British Museum for the “Hadrian, Empire and Conflict” special exhibition. Of course, many others had the same idea and it … Continue reading

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The Sunday Roast

  The Sunday Roast is a traditional English main meal served on Sundays (usually in the early afternoon, at lunchtime), consisting of roasted meat, roasted potatoes, vegetables, and gravy. It’s popular throughout the UK, though I’ve read that it’s in … Continue reading

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