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Private Lives

I’ve not been to the theatre for a while – they didn’t have anything particularly interesting on over the summer. But now that the schools have gone back, and the autumn season at the theatre has started, there’s a few things coming up that look interesting. Last week’s offering was Private Lives by Noël Coward. […]

Exeter’s Underground Passages

One of the more unusual attractions I came across was Exeter’s Underground Passages. They were built from about 1450 onward to bring clean drinking water from natural springs outside the walled city, through lead pipes into the heart of the city. The pipes sometimes leaked and repairs to buried pipes could only be carried out […]

Pottering around Exeter

Exeter’s not a particularly photogenic city. What the Luftwaffe didn’t flatten during the War, the town planners demolished in the 50s and 60s and replaced with some truly horrible modern monstrosities. But there was enough to look at to keep me interested for a weekend. The river-side docks have clearly had a lot of investment […]

A return visit to Exeter

When I went to Penzance in May, I stopped overnight in Exeter on the way home, simply to break the journey since Penzance is such an awkward long trip especially by public transport. I picked the hotel in Exeter on the basis of convenience and price (or as work would put it, “value for money”), […]

Annual lunch with Peter

Every year Peter, Christopher’s step-father, has a holiday with friends in Wales, which pretty much involves him driving right past my door. So every year we try to meet up for a pub lunch on either his way there or home again. The last couple of years he’s been coming past Malvern on a weekday, […]

Border Castles

I decided to make a long weekend out of the trip to Caerleon, staying overnight in a small hotel in a village a few miles away. It’s not a long journey from Malvern – well under two hours, but even so that’s longer than I like to drive in one go. So I broke the […]

Roman Army Study Day at Caerleon

It’s been a while since I’ve been on an archaeological study day with Andante, so it was clearly time to expand my archaeological horizons further. This weekend, I opted to learn more about the Roman army, on a Study Day at the Legionary Headquarters at Caerleon, a few miles outside Newport in South Wales. Twenty […]

An afternoon at Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle is the local stately home on the Herefordshire side of the hills (Madresfield Court is the equivalent on the Malvern side), and I live not far from the back gate of the Eastnor Estate – close enough to get annoyed by the loud music from the regular festivals they hold in the Deer […]

Strictly Murder

My sister very kindly renewed my Malvern Theatres membership for my birthday last month, so yesterday I took myself off to the matinee of this week’s production, Strictly Murder. It’s a thriller, set in rural France in the immediate run- up to the outbreak of WWII. Peter and Suzy are a British couple, living in […]

Watching the BA Meltdown

After another overnight ferry from Orkney to Aberdeen, a small group of us were transferred from the dock to Aberdeen airport to catch our flights home – I was booked onto an early afternoon Flybe flight to Birmingham. This was the Saturday that BA had its IT meltdown, and it was really interesting to watch […]