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North Wales Coast Path, day 4

May 3, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 4

Today is industry day.  We’re back in Talacre, after a pair of slow bus rides, and plan to reach Flint.  It’s even colder this morning – it sleets for a time later – and we’re dressed as if for the Norwegian Arctic.  This time we do call in at Lola and Suggs for a coffee.  […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 3

May 3, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 3

Rhyl in the rain is no fun.  We’ve arrived from Abergele on the no.12 bus to find the connecting service has just pulled out of the bus station, five minutes before it should have.  We take to the depressed streets in the hope of finding refreshement, and just as hope fades and we’re beginning to […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 2

May 2, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 2

I’ve always had a soft spot for Llandudno, despite its pretensions and its appeal to royalty, domestic and foreign.  It has many attractions: the languid curve of its bay bookended by the two Ormes, its numerous coffee shops, its graceful shopping arcades, its pride in whitewashed tidiness, the splendour of the Mostyn Art Gallery, the […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 1

May 1, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 1

Caravans and coasts go together like Morecambe and Wise.  It’s seldom that we walk a day on the Wales Coast Path without seeing at least a few caravans.  But the coastal strip between Pensarn and Rhyl, our gentle afternoon introduction to the north Wales coast, is so caravan-saturated that, on the top of a double-decker […]

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Roger Cecil

April 21, 2017 3 Comments
Roger Cecil

I met Roger Cecil just once, in 2011.  There was only one way of making initial contact with him, according to my instructions, that had any chance of success.  You rang his number, twice, then put the phone down and rang again.  If you were lucky he would then answer.  I was lucky, and arranged […]

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Micromuseums

April 15, 2017 0 Comments
Micromuseums

Micromuseum is a new word for me.  But that was the topic of a presentation to the Friends of the Glynn Vivian last week by Fiona Candlin of Birbeck College.  It was the ideal talk – funny and self-deprecating but full of ideas that rattled your lazy assumptions about what museums are about.  And it […]

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Domenico Scarlatti and Basil Bunting

April 9, 2017 2 Comments
Domenico Scarlatti and Basil Bunting

Under his full wig he looks like a successful but no-nonsense, even grumpy eighteenth century aristocrat or businessman.  It would be hard to guess, if you didn’t know, that this is Domenico Scarlatti, the composer of the most inventive, quirky and joyful Baroque music ever written. Born in Naples in the same year as Bach […]

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Two Scilly visitors

April 2, 2017 0 Comments
Two Scilly visitors

On 22 October 1707 Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell was guiding his fleet of fifteen Royal Navy ships back towards the England coast after a failed attempt to defeat the French fleet near the Mediterranean port of Toulon during the War of the Spanish Succession. It was a difficult voyage.  The weather was stormy, and Shovell, […]

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Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

March 25, 2017 0 Comments
Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Dyma destun anerchiad i Gynulliad Blynyddol y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol a gynhaliwyd yn y Neuadd Fawr, Prifysgol Abertawe ar 8 Mawrth 2017. Bum mlynedd ar hugain yn ôl des i i Brifysgol Abertawe, neu Goleg y Brifysgol Abertawe fel yr oedd hi ar y pryd, i fod yn gyfrifol am ei Llyfrgell – syndod mawr, […]

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The socialist submariner

March 19, 2017 0 Comments
The socialist submariner

My friend J. asked me the other day whether as a child I’d read stories set in schools.  I said I couldn’t recall reading any, despite being a greedy reader – unless you counted Tom Brown’s schooldays, a present from some well-intentioned aunt, which I found unreadable and never finished.  The only explanation I could […]

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