Category Archives: Great Thoughts

Scotland and the Floods

It has recently been announced by Ms Sturgeon (who I always think reminds me of ¬†the wife of Rab C. Nesbitt) that all householders in Scotland who have been affected by the recent floods will be entitled to a payment … Continue reading

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Schengen: to be or not to be?

It was very interesting on our long drive back across Europe to see how things have changed since the acts of terrorism in Paris. Suddenly, the sacred open borders in the EU are no longer with us. Driving from Italy … Continue reading

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Spending my Prize

A few months ago a short piece I wrote in the Daily Telegraph about cycling in ” my” hills in Italy won me a prize, 6 nights¬† in Athens. Staying in a hotel with a pool on the roof and … Continue reading

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England through Italian Eyes

It’s always interesting to see the place you live through the eyes of someone else. My friend Paola from my English conversation group has been staying with me and each day we’ve set off in a different direction to explore … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Magistrate

I had a full day sitting in court yesterday. It was the usual mixture of shop lifters, domestic violence cases and drunk and disorderly familiar faces, but the contrast between the offenders was more marked than usual. On the one … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Man in the Supermarket

Back from Italy, and with no food in the house, I trotted off to Tesco for a few essential items. I was minding my own business by the eggs when a very tall man wearing a green Accenture tee shirt … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour Again

The long drive to Italy began well with a pleasant journey to Eguisheim in Alsace, a picturesque village and centre for excellent wines. The next plan was to visit the Beyeler Gallery in Basle, which we did after missing a … Continue reading

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Learning English by Osmosis

We’re entertaining an Italian guest here in Newcastle at the moment, a friend I know from my English conversation class in Italy.It’s amazing how quickly the language can be absorbed: after only two months he’s quite fluent, although he gets … Continue reading

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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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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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