Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gary presents

What an ordeal. I wasn’t nervous so much as daunted by everything I had to remember. As I said to my three readers at the end of the recording “It’s so different on this side of the desk!” Today marked … Continue reading

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Snap dragons

I was going to pop into Woking today and buy some much needed jeans and runners but yesterday left me drained and tomorrow is my first time as a presenter at the Talking Newspaper so I just worked in the … Continue reading

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Mastering science

In front of a worldwide audience of two (that I know of) I shook the vice chancellor’s hand today and received my Master’s degree. The ceremony took place in the wonderful Guildhall where, previously, Mirinda and I had dinner when … Continue reading

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Weeds begone!

I did lots of weeding today. The hot border which had become completely inundated with weeds during our absence, is now weed free. Though, I should add that a lot of the ‘weeds’ were actually self sown seedlings from the … Continue reading

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Plantings

While we were away the garden flourished. Apparently there was a bit of rain, if the water butt is anything to go by, something we’re glad about, so the grass needed a good mow. It also means the weeds have … Continue reading

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Unexpected return to Venice

Tonight we watched The Tourist. We watched it for a number of reasons. Firstly because Johnny Depp is in it – more or less a guarantee of a bit of fun if nothing else – secondly because it looked like … Continue reading

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Milan – Farnham

Milan station is an amazing place. The building is huge; a massive open space with a shopping mall beneath and massive columns in the main concourse. Outside it resembles a triumphal arch. The odd thing is that the platforms at … Continue reading

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Italians and trains are not a good mix

So you try and do the right thing. Save the planet, they say. Stop taking planes everywhere. Relax on a train and arrive refreshed. Some of that is true as long as you don’t end up in Italy. Once the … Continue reading

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Glassy lady

Well, we finally found a bit of Venice we really liked. It’s where the glass comes from, Murano. It’s more of a real place, with real people and a lot less made up than Venice proper! We wandered around most … Continue reading

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Loving it up in the chapel

Anyone who has been to Italy will know how noisy the traffic is. Italians are a loud lot – not that there’s anything wrong with that and it clearly shows great passion. This translates easily to the road where their … Continue reading

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