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By Dave Snowden  ·  September 1, 2014  ·  Great places

I'd like to be able to explain the lack of posts in August by a story of my taking an extended break in the European manner.   However its more a lack of time.  The month included a full week in Wilton Park looking at foresight issues which will generate a series of posts this month, but mostly it's involved catching up on a backlog of work at home and sections of my Round Wales at 60 where I am way behind on my schedule.  

Last week saw travel resume with a vengeance.  I got up at 0300 on Tuesday to make a day trip to Belfast to...

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Passing through Wellington

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 28, 2014  ·  Great places, Musings

I made it into Wellington yesterday afternoon and spent the evening on necessary domestics and eating in, given an apartment hotel albeit only for one night.   I had resolved to get out for a walk and see the sunrise over the harbour and had brought gloves along for that specific purpose but events conspired against me and I ended up with a early morning walk instead.   I really wished I had gone out earlier as there were orcas close to the shore half an hours walk ahead of me when I had to turn around.  I got some good photos...

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JIT travel

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 13, 2014  ·  Great places, Trivia

After gaining my 50k steps yesterday I had nothing more strenuous planned for today than a leisurely drive up to the University of Warwick, an overnight stay and then my son's graduation tomorrow.  Given that I fly out to Singapore early Tuesday morning today was also the only time to sort out various domestic duties, printing and signing contracts etc. etc. so the final departure was late and somewhat stressed as a result.  The world is divided into two types of traveller.  The first are those eminently reasonable people who leave...

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Mind your P’s and W’s

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 21, 2014  ·  Great places, Reflections

I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who

Kipling, from The Elephant's Child

Of all the Just So Stories the Kolokolo Bird's injunction to "Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out"  as a means of discovering what the crocodile has for lunch has been one of my all time favourites; both as a child, and then as an adult reading to children.  For those unfamiliar with the story of How...

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The Inn at Whitewell

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 23, 2014  ·  Great places

I first came to the Inn at Whitewell back in 1973.  I was taken there by Blyth and Arthur as part of a trip over the Trough of Bowland in the spring of my first year at University.  Blyth had worked with me in both the Debating Club and the School Press but was a year older and had gone up to Lancaster the previous years.  She and Arthur were one of the most physically mismatched couples I have ever known, but they had come together as opposites often do and Arthur had a car!  Back in the 70s that was a big thing on campus, most of...

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