Monthly Archives: November 2008

Rugby More Civilized Than Football?

  January-like weather has arrived in Reading and it’s bitterly cold. Last Sunday I attended a rugby match and watched very fine performances from both our local London Irish team and the terrific Saracens team from nearby Watford. Our team won … Continue reading

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Weekend in Dublin

  I’m just back from a lovely weekend in Dublin. I flew over on Aer Lingus on Saturday morning and came back Sunday afternoon. I was lucky: the weather was almost as welcoming as the wonderful Irish people.   Unbeknownst … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

  Ceremonies were held throughout Europe today to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.   In the US, we call it Veterans Day and honor participants of all wars. Here in the UK, it’s … Continue reading

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Obama Win Big News Here

  The U.S. Presidential Election has been followed here with keen interest. Due to the time difference (ahead of the East Coast by 5 hours), I had to wait until I woke up this morning to see the results on … Continue reading

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Bonfire Night

  I‘m sitting here listening to the fireworks. Tonight, November 5th, is Bonfire Night here, is also known as Fireworks Night or Guy Fawkes Night. It’s a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which aimed to … Continue reading

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A Night at the Opera

  I decided to have a weekend in town and went into London last Saturday. I spent the night at the Hilton (on my frequent-flyer miles) and went to see the English National Opera company perform Verdi’s Aida, at the London … Continue reading

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