Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Hypocrisy of Luxembourg and the Schengen agreement

On Good Friday, we had planned to drive though Belgium and Luxembourg to reach Baden Baden, our overnight destination. As we approached Luxembourg, we saw electronic signs saying that the border was closed. It was hard to believe, given all … Continue reading

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The Comfort of Strangers

When I was in London recently, I was on my way to Tate Britain by Underground and found myself sitting next to a man who had rummaged around in his briefcase and pulled out a text which he proceeded to … Continue reading

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Should I kill a pig?

At the last English conversation group, Arturo, who spends his summers in the Dolomites with a herd of cattle, announced that he had something interesting for me to do. He knows I like to experience Italian life, warts and all. … Continue reading

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Cosi fan Tutte

Following my splendid evening at the opera in Venice, it seemed a good idea to go to Opera North’s Cosi fan TutteĀ this week. Of course it contains what is generally regarded as the most beautiful music ever written, the trio … Continue reading

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