Category Archives: Travelling

An apple a day

This year (I tend to think in academic years rather than calendar ones) has not been easy, for many reasons. I have felt exhausted a lot, and have lacked confidence on many occasions. As the teaching session ended, I was … Continue reading

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An ode to spring

The gods have treated us to this rare phenomenon: a sunny bank holiday. We decided to make the most of it and went To The Beach, to beautiful Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula. We actually live five minutes from … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses: changes are shifting outside the words

I have just come back from the Classical Association Conference, the biggest classics conference in the UK, which this year was held in Edinburgh. This was a very good ‘vintage’, with among other things, a wonderful panel on crime writing … Continue reading

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Hitting the wall (Hadrian’s Wall)

For the last few weeks, I have been proofreading and indexing my forthcoming book, Ancient Botany¬†(co-authored with Gavin Hardy). These tasks are far from my favourite. In fact, I really dislike them. Some authors would say that proofs are the … Continue reading

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The saint’s orchids

At the end of July every year we head to Anglesey (north Wales) for a week’s holiday with P’s family. This year I was on a mission: I wanted to spot some wild orchids. I knew there were there. P’s … Continue reading

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The poor man’s bees

Apparently this is Pollinator Week. As it happens, I have been surrounded by lovely bees for the last couple of weeks.¬†The Fondation Hardt has several beehives; they are located near the tomb of the Baron Kurd von Hardt. I have … Continue reading

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Switzerland: a cheese-island in a sea of milk

Switzerland must be the worst country for vegans or people afflicted with any milk-related intolerance/allergy. I have been eating dairy literally at every single meal for a week now, which is far from my usual diet. Add to this the … Continue reading

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