Monthly Archives: November 2011

the bostonians

I arrive in the city on Thanksgiving.  I think it is the only day in the US which affords no retail opportunities; it is as if the bomb has dropped.  However, the hotel desk has helpfully provided a list of … Continue reading

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in the midst of waters*

And thus, have these naked Nantucketers,  these sea hermits, issuing from their ant-hill in the sea, overrun and conquered the watery world, like so many Alexanders …let America add Mexico to Texas, and pile Cuba upon Canada: let the English … Continue reading

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if you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air ……

Long long delays at Heathrow because of fog.  My delight at having the window seat in the exit row soon evaporates as my neighbour arrives: the man who ate Pittsburgh.  He settles himself into his seat and immediately falls into … Continue reading

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through the drizzling rain

To Stourhead, on the most miserable winter day to date.  Utterly colourless skies drip with little enthusiasm on everything.  The garden, which has adorned a thousand Beautiful Britain calendars, lies clean and tidy and alone, like a dear little old … Continue reading

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