Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dahlias!

Back in England once more and showing a couple of Italian friends around Northumberland. We were returning from a visit to the pretty village of Blanchland, a riverside walk and lunch in the pub with a ghost upstairs. On impulse … Continue reading

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Tripe Competition!

We were kept awake last Saturday night by a live band playing Beatles music (and singing in bad English) at the bar next door, here in Italy. It was music to attract customers for the Tripe Competition (Vota la Trippa) … Continue reading

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Mosaics and Mausoleums in Ravenna

It’s surprising that Ravenna, with its rich history and monuments, doesn’t have more tourists. I’ve just returned from a couple of magical days there at the height of the tourist season when there were only a few people in each … Continue reading

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Has Feminism Lost its Way?

A couple of days ago I read about the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey’s decree that in future women were not allowed to laugh in public. What next? We have grown used to the Muslim treatment of women as second … Continue reading

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