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Apr 30, 2010 - Not Kansas, part 2

On Saturday, 17 April, we drove to Oxford and on Sunday had a good day. Founded in the 1300s, its 39 colleges make it the ultimate college town; students are identified by their wearing of suits and ties, women as well as men. Street performers were dancing Morris/Moorish dances, some in black face and feathers, others in white pants and dresses, all with bells on their ankles and feet. These were ancient dances telling stories of battles and celebrations, begun when the Moors were here; the dances have evolved into country dances and what...

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Apr 18, 2010 - Academia of Oxford

The working week as been a varied week with horse riding, rebound therapy and casting. I still have not come across one day without glorious sunshine this week, long may it continue. Once again I transformed into a tourist in the weekend and took a train trip to Oxford. Such a delightful town. The city centre was bustling with dancers and musicians all elaborately costumed. Have a look at the photos and you will note the calf decorations are bells. I believe it has something to do with May Day festivals. There was an affluent air about the...

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Jess in Europe

Apr 10, 2010 - Beligum

Today we stared early again. Made our way to the Trafaglar Tours head office to be picked up for trip to Europe. We were driven by bus to Dover to meet the Ferry. It was a great day and the cliffs of Dover were white. I hope my pictures turn out. We crossed the English Chaneel by the Ferry which only took about an 1 1/2. The fog did roll in for some the trip and the it was so cold. We reach Calais on the other side and got the bus again. We drove through the country side of France until we reached Belgium. We drove for a little while and...

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Apr 8, 2010 - Arrive in England

We left on time from Sydney. The trip was very long and very boring. I think we watched every movie available and played all the games. Although people say Emirates is great I just want to say there is not mcuh leg room. The food was so so. I got a little confused on what time it was as we went through alot of time zones. We arrived in Dubai at around 3pm and you would not believe it. I went through the metal detector and it went off when I walked through. They escorted me to a very small room where I was frisked searched ( by a women). It...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Day 1

My fights to Philadelphia and Heathrow were without incident, except for the chatterers on planes, especially Cal, the shaved-headed Brit, full of opinions, middle-aged, trying to hit on naïve Joy, Asian American young woman, drawing out her (loud) opinions at great length—half his age. Really must get earplugs. My sister got booted from her Delta flight from Minnesota to London, they said because of weather the day before, which overbooked this day’s plane. She’ll come tomorrow, but is very upset, and I’m very disappointed. London express...

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Sep 13, 2009 - Oxford

Sunday, September 13 We left London on the Heathrow Express train - not to catch a plane, but to rent a car for the rest of the journey. We rented a VW (after the first car, a Mercedes, was not working properly). at Heathrow Airport and after only getting lost twice and beeped at once (crazy American drivers who don't know how to drive on the left), arrived at Oxford and the Burlington House B&B around 3PM. We drove into town (and around and around to find a parking spot). We first climbed Carfax Tower (99 or so steps) to get a commanding...

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Aug 28, 2009 - Higher Learning

Peggy-Ann was still unsure of her ankle. I contacted Thomson, another old mate from the Paris days. He and Julia would be delighted to catch up but having just returned from France, could not do so until Friday. He suggested that we fill in the time at Oxford. I duly found possibly the last bed in Oxford for that night, not realising that it was a long weekend, and we decided, after a suggestion from Thomson that we would tackle the Cotswold Way walk rather than return further north for the Coast to Coast. This had several advantages not...

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Jul 23, 2009 - moving on

Tomorrow we're heading off to Liverpool, to meet with a British woman who may collaborate with Andy (or vice versa) on a movie script. It's about a three-hour drive. I've never seen Liverpool, only have the obvious Beatles and hooligans associations. "Ferry cross the Mersey..." So it will be interesting to see.

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Jane's Adventure

Jul 22, 2009 - messing about in boats

Oxford has a canal and lots of people living on it or visiting in narrow boats. You can travel all over the UK in this kind of boat – kind of a skinny houseboat, or floating RV. : ) http://www.canalholidays.com/ I don’t think I’d like it, actually; seems both slow and fussy. Andy’s enjoying TED, hearing all kind of ideas. Here’s a comparison he heard yesterday – for national debt fans. As a billion equals thirty years, a trillion equals 30,000 years. Uh oh. The English Prime Minister came to speak and called for a global environmental...

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Jul 19, 2009 - rainy days

So today – surprise – rain! I know my skin evolved for this forever facial weather, but… Still, people were out running, fishing, punting, walking (me too). I guess if rain makes you crazy, you leave England. Or maybe it accounts for the long tradition of English eccentricity. The pictured clump of goldenrod had a place of honor in a university park flowerbed. It is goldenrod, right? Which I thought was a weed? Maybe this is some special, exotic relative, but you could have fooled me. We took a long walking tour around Oxford yesterday, but...

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Jul 18, 2009 - Oxford

Friday a day of English weather – i.e. rainy. But the cows and I were out anyway. The TV forecaster Thursday night informed us that the temperature would be “disappointing,” but didn’t tell us what it would actually be. Not that we would have understood, because it’s all in Celsius (currently 14 with the sun back). At least we knew how to feel about it. : ) There’s a British TV series called Airline. It consists of scenes at an airport of people having trouble traveling – missed planes, no visa, cancellations. Weird. Big upcoming events to...

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Jul 17, 2009 - settled

Oxford is a town of secret gardens, just glimpsed through a gate and not accessible, hidden behind mossy ten-foot-high walls. You get a real sense of us and them – who can enter and not. Not bothersome, just noticeable. I went out and sat by the Cherwell River and discovered it was duck rest period. One of them was standing on one leg, seemingly quite comfortably, the whole time I was there. (She wasn’t just a one-legged duck; I saw the other one.) We have a neighborhood cat! She lives outside and is fed by many people along on this quiet...

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