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June 2008

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The Wimbledon Report

One of the nice (of many) things about last week’s (all too soon over) holiday was that it coincided with Wimbledon, and so that, for the first time in years I had the opportunity of watching live tennis from the…

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The June Meme

“The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.” 1) Look at the list and bold those you have read. 2) Italicize those you intend to read. 3) Underline the…

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The Tale of the One-Legged Sparrow

After the excitement of yesterday we had a bit of lay-in today before getting up to clean the house and do some shopping at Waitrose. Getting back from Waitrose we were alarmed to find a little sparrow hanging upside down…

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Day Tripping: The Jurassic Coast

Firstly, the day began with disappointment; over breakfast we got a call from the boat tours people to say that they had sadly had to cancel tonight’s birdwatching trip due to high winds. We then made the mistake of trying…

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Day Tripping: Freshford

Our first of the two Big Day’s OutTM of the holiday. Today we drove to Freshford, the village of my Mum’s birth (just a fraction south of Bath), and had a wander round the very picturesque village, and we successfully…

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Rest Day

We had a little bit of a rest today. I took some time in the morning to phone and engage the services of solicitors – deciding in the end to go with the bods at Wantage who came recommended by…

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The Mottisfont Connection

Today started off with a trip to the dentist, which, true to form consisted of about 30 seconds in the chair and a bill for 20 quid (or so) to be told that they are all fine and to come…

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Offers, Shopping and Stately Homes

First things first, I phoned Alexander’s and gave my response to yesterday’s offer, asking for something a bit higher, maybe in the region of 142k. Then we headed out to Salisbury, Emma to return a couple of wedding dresses to…

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Sun, Wind, and an Offer

I get up and set about packing for my holiday; the cats are very much unimpressed (one could say purr-turbed) that they are forbidden access to the outdoor world. As I begin my drive, with my bike strapped firmly to…

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Watching the Weather

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. Yesterday it looked promising for an outdoor firework spectacular of a concert in Bicester’s Garth Park. That was yesterday. Today it has been decidedly more damp. Wet even. Today, it…

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Twice Coincidence

1. On Tuesday I went to the Bicester Concert Band rehearsal, and ended up sitting next to a flute player named Lucy. Later on, in answer to her question, Philip made some reference to her being on call. It turned…

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The Wednesday Playlist (Afternoon Mix)

The day’s eclectic mix of classical, pop, rock and (umm…) miscellaneous extras continues… ABBA – Dancing Queen A Classic Christmas – Deck The Halls ABBA – Tiger Kylie Minogue – Koocachoo Mike Oldfield – Dark Star Tchaikovsky – Divertisement: Mother…

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words words words

1. Another lunchtime, and I’m down to the last 100 pages of revision. I can reach The End… 2. Leaving the canteen, I passed the OUP Bookshop, children’s book sale. Damn, childrens’ book sales, I’ve only gone and bought a…

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The Wednesday Playlist (Eclectic Mix)

I couldn’t really decide what to play today, so I thought I’d shuffle my way through my entire music collection on random and see what I end up with. I might skip the spoken word tracks, and I’ll aim not…

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The Time Was When

Whilst cycling: Foolishness is attempting to tuck one’s trousers into one’s socks only to realise you’re not wearing any! Current Location: Oxford

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(So many) things to do

The naturally unflusterable Thomas is getting flustered. Em and I are on holiday next week, and whilst this might well be in a rather nice country cottage with very reasonable rates in the New Forest, I still have to be…

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Sunday Respite

After the activity of yesterday, we had an altogether quieter start to the day today – easing ourselves into it with a leisurely breakfast. That’s not to say we’ve not been productive; in locating the local ‘tip’ and taking Em’s…

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