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Jul 15, 2009 - in and around Oxford

I’m happy that I’m still managing to work on my new novel while traveling. There’s a little office in the house here that I’ve claimed as my own. (Picture above. I unplugged the TV. Honest!) We went punting this afternoon, which is harder than it looks in all those English movies. Our trip involved a lot of fending off the shore. Tomorrow we're going to see the new Harry Potter movie. The Hogwarts dining hall is one of the college ones here, enlarged with cgi, so it seems appropriate. I saw a street today called Logic Lane, which seemed...

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Jul 14, 2009 - Ah, England!

I was walking by some railings and saw a sign asking that people not lock bikes onto them. At first glance, I thought it said “police notice,” but it actually said “polite notice.” Also Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset is advertising a salaried position for a live-in witch. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090707/tuk-magic-salary-for-live-in-witch-role-6323e80.html I thought of applying, but I don’t have an English work permit. : ) I finally got over to the really old part of town this evening, in that golden sunset light that makes stone so...

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Jul 13, 2009 - about town

One thing I love about England is all the really OLD trees, like the oak above. The palm in the university park was a surprise. I've just walked into one college so far. They aren't always open; they have "visiting hours." Nice lawn in the college quadrangle, huh? Have you heard the story of the American who complimented a British lord on his lawn and asked how he could get the same lovely grass? The lord said, "Simple really. Plant good seed and roll it regularly for 500 years."

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Jul 13, 2009 - Oxford

Yesterday was pretty hectic. We landed in Southampton in the early morning and had to get all our stuff in a car (quite a project) and drive up to Oxford where Andy is going to the TED conference http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2009/. Various misadventures and missed contacts made us realize how much we depend on cell phones these days. Ours didn't work until Andy got a new dingus for his iphone. So really we just managed to get here, even though not far in miles, and settle in this nice little house.

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May 26, 2009 - Oxford and Leamington Spa

We caught the “Oxford Tube” (actually a double decker touring coach) from Hillingdon to Oxford this morning. The trip was about 1 hour long, and the coach is fitted with power points and wifi internet access s that people can work as they commute. We met friend Marilyn for coffee and then walked to New College ( a residential facility for university students) where her son Thomas took us for a personal guided tour. By this time Marilyn's partner David, who had missed the train, joined us. Thomas has just finished a PhD in engineering, and...

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Nov 6, 2008 - studying oxford

Now its a little known fact that one day I would like to go to university and become qualified in something. I'm thinking something like inflatable physics or puncture chemistry. Anyways, I thought where better to go then one of the most famous universities in the world Oxford. I mean Im sure they would take a inflatable kangaroo with travel experience....wouldn't they One of the things I noticed when we got there was, well, it sort of raised a question more then anything. And that is "is there a university town anywhere in the world where...

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Sep 19, 2008 - Oxford (19th - 21th September 2008)

Oxford is Oxford University, and after dropping our bags we headed back into town to do a guided tour of the university and colleges that make up the heart of the city. Our guide (a charming Palestinian who had lived in and loved Oxford since the 1950s) was extremely knowledgeable with constant additional stops and detours to show us just one more small thing – the 2 hour tour ended up running about 45mins over time and we managed to actually visit the Jesus, Lincoln, Keble colleges as well as all the usual sights on the tour. After the...

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Sep 18, 2008 - Day07 Cotswalds #2

In an English Country Garden... The neighbours at Snowshill Manor were unperturbed by the tourists. Keren: Ah, there’s nothing like an English garden on a sunny day and Snowsill Manor’s garden had all that you could hope for. Rambling flower beds, orchards of heritage apples, late summer veggie patches, ancient stone walls with climbing roses, small and secret garden rooms, water features in ancient stone and copper vessels, garden seats and reflective thoughts, picturesque cottages with cooing pigeons, rolling billiard ball lawns of...

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Sep 5, 2008 - Oxford

Today we woke up at the hostel and had our first real English breakfast which consist of overdone egg, beans, mushrooms, ham, and burnt coffee. Then we had to hurry to catch the train to Oxford. There is no direct train so we had to go into Kings Cross and then catch a subway to another train station and then find our train. We are now professionals at asking directions and when people tell us quickly we try and remember. We made it and have not missed a train yet. We got in and checked into our hostel (much nicer) and met another American....

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Jul 24, 2008 - Cotswolds

We arrived here in Cheltenham after a rather long drive from York. Our house here belongs to Lyn and Peter, who are currently renting our own house in Vancouver. It's a little half-duplex in a quiet residential area called Leckhampton on the outskirts of the city. But although it's small, this little house has been recently redone and it has all the modern comforts such as a dishwasher, internet and a large flatscreen TV. A nice surprise, especially since Elliot has just joined as and now we're a party of 4 instead of 3. This stop is...

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Jul 1, 2008 - Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace was a gift to John Churchill in 1703 for beating Louis XIV at Blenheim in France. It was an order of parliament to give Churchill the 2000 acres of land and 250,000 pounds to build the palace,and give him the title the 1st Duke of Marlborough. It is truly a palace, with all the gold and glitter that go with it. Blenheim Palace, is home to 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The east wing is home to the Duke and his family. We actually saw the Duchess near the front gate, although we didn't...

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Nov 23, 2007 - Oxford

Oxford was a day trip for me so there are only a couple of photos. I started my day in Oxford visiting Christ Church College, which is one of the most famous colleges in Oxford. It was the college where the Harry Potter movies have been filmed. It is also where the author of Alice in Wonderland worked and wrote his books. After lunch I went on a guided walking tour organised through the tourist information office. This tour walked around the town and visited some of the other colleges (there are a lot). The guide also organised for us to go...

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