Tag Archives: europe

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

I was hesitant about booking a holiday in Portugal in mid-June, but was persuaded to go ahead. We had a good time – eventually – although, really, much of it was too hot for me; generally into the 30s and … Continue reading

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Bresistance

Some time ago we decided we should go on the Unite for Europe March, and though there was some momentary doubt and confusion about whether it was going ahead after Wednesday’s terrorist incident, we felt it was the right thing … Continue reading

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Merkiavelli

Book Review: Angela Merkel – Europe’s most influential leader, by Matthew Qvortrup Unsurprisingly, a fair few political books show up in the work book sale, and I thought this would be interesting. Politicians are often viewed differently at home and … Continue reading

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Big Beasts

Book Review: Kind of Blue – A Political Memoir, by Ken Clarke I finished the previous book just at the right time for a Christmas present, and here it was. Clarke’s autobiography follows a fairly standard pattern for a high-profile … Continue reading

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Germany in the 1730s. And then in the 1930s.

I was given a flyer during the last week or two at the Proms for a concert featuring The Bach Players in Hampstead. We decided it looked interesting enough to be worth the effort, and booked tickets. Unfortunately we’ve both … Continue reading

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Wiener Blut

Book Review: The Vienna Melody, by Ernst Lothar This was another work book sale purchase that went in a different direction than I’d expected. The blurb highlights that Christopher Alt and his descendants run a piano factory in Vienna, favoured … Continue reading

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A Song of Patriotic Prejudice

I got up early yesterday to vote before catching the train to work. The polling station was busy enough for 7.20am. When I arrived in London, the tube was unusually busy – queues outside Lancaster Gate and an absolutely full … Continue reading

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