Monthly Archives: October 2019

“I must buy a hat!”

A couple is having a ‘conversation’ about possibly, maybe having a baby. He seems sure but she is hesitant. There’s problems with bringing a child into this world and the impact even a single human being will have on the … Continue reading

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On the blower

Contrary to anything anyone else says, I hate talking on the phone (except to Mirinda). I have always hated it. When email then texting was invented they were, I feel, for people like me. I rather like the ‘paper trail’ … Continue reading

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Tricksy puppies

This morning I left for the gym at 07:30. Mirinda then left for work a little while later. When Mirinda leaves the house after me she leaves the girls inside. It’s never for very long given I return at about … Continue reading

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Swapping a late summer for autumn

This morning, walking into Farnham to do some emergency shopping, was like stepping out into another world. I was even forced to wear jeans, packing my shorts away until late winter. Even so, it may have been chilly but it … Continue reading

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“They could have built more walls!”

Sunday is for cyclists in and around Castel del Monte. Thousands of cyclists. It appears to be the cycling capital of the world. I’ve never seen so much lycra. And they crowd every available and unavailable, space. Nowhere is safe … Continue reading

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The accidents of birth

In 1956 the final inhabitants of the caves in Sassi were evicted into bright, modern apartment buildings into a new part of town. For millennia the population had lived in hollowed out bits of the tufa cliffs, spaces carved into … Continue reading

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Strike? What strike?

There was a 24 hour Italian transport strike on today. Trains stopped at 9pm last night, planes were cancelled from all over the world, buses refused to leave the depots, the whole place was going to come to a grinding … Continue reading

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The one city…literally

In Monopoli, along the side of the Adriatic Sea, there’s an old Roman road ordered by Trajan and used to great effect by the legions of Roman soldiers headed from Rome and Brindisi towards Albania which is just across the … Continue reading

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Hope and Gratitude 2019 (an excellent itinerary)

Today, in the local Alberobello museum we learned about some priest who, along with other brigands of the region, raped and pillaged his way through the Land of the Trulli. It was a short piece on a long video so … Continue reading

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My post bucket list

Today we spent a lot of time wandering around and through the extraordinary trulli of Alberobello. It is an extraordinary place – we only saw the big one rather than the smaller one which we’ll visit tomorrow – and a … Continue reading

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