An Uncommon Setting

An Uncommon Setting

If you find yourself a bit stuck creatively, feeling stale, or worse, suffering from "writer's block," my advice is shake yourself up with a fresh experience or two. (Uh, but having an affair is going decidedly too far!) I've already written about my "inspiration" recently on the road to Geneva. The other day, I'd had [...]

U.S. Citizen Unnatural Deaths Around The World

U.S. Citizen Unnatural Deaths Around The World

My fellow Americans, as we know the summer travel season is now well underway: Turns out Americans die abroad much the same ways as at home. Most non-natural deaths are not a consequence of terrorism or war. Other than in certain places, they are due mostly to accidents and suicides. At that State Department page, [...]

Roman All Over The Place

Roman All Over The Place

Took the nephew sightseeing to Bath yesterday as planned. From our front door, it's 11 miles (says the sat-nav) to the city center. We made sure we got there early. We got in ahead of the crowds. Arriving shortly after its 9am opening, there was no waiting: of course we did the remains of the [...]

Jane Austen Forever

Jane Austen Forever

The other day I happened to see an Inside the Actors Studio interview with Brad Pitt. Unsurprisingly George Clooney's name came up. Hearing it led me into thinking about Clooney's rise to stardom. You've probably seen the post title already. Stay with me, please. This will all make much better, uh, "sense" (and sensibility?) as [...]

Strolling By The Royal Crescent

Strolling By The Royal Crescent

I know, I know. [Hangs head contritely.] Sorry. I went all "academic" yesterday. You may know I used to teach "Politics of Western Europe." That guy on Fox just reminded me of a few students I'd known. Aside from the "French and perfect" finish, 😉 I realize now it was rather too heavy a post. [...]

Bath, A Birthday…. And Crazy People

After yesterday's heavy post, let's have some photos for New Year's Eve. With my in-laws, we took my now newly 20 year old nephew to lunch at Cote Brasserie in Bath on Tuesday. A couple of Bath snapshots: Back on Monday evening, we'd already - three of us - had a birthday brandy at home, [...]

Merry Christmas

It's almost upon us. If you celebrate, I hope you have a Merry Christmas. If you don't observe it, I'd like to offer you best wishes for the coming year. I almost forgot. You have to see it. Hey, you like our tree? The tree stand is doing its job well: We spent yesterday in [...]

Our English Pre-Christmas Miracle

One of CNN's "Top 12" places to spend Christmas, is just up the road from us: CNN opens its explanation about Bath this way: There are few cities in the world where you can celebrate the birth of Jesus and the birth of Jane Austen with the same amount of fanfare, but Bath happens to [...]