Monthly Archives: November 2012

Vie de Chateau

So, Sandy and Zandra live in the most amazing place. It is a dead-old château in a mountain valley that is essentially the same as it was let’s say 300 years ago. You gaze from the courtyard out over a … Continue reading

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ITER Scrubs

To ITER, where I used to spend my time. Much has changed. There is a brand new HQ building that is very long and thin. Once inside you look down long, long corridors and expect nurses to burst out of … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

I fly from Okinawa to Tokyo to Frankfurt to Geneva. I get to Geneva at 7:50 on Tuesday morning having left Okinawa at 7:00 on Monday evening. Perfect trip – every flight on time. Geneva is cold and very grey. … Continue reading

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From the Top of a Bus

“I saw England’s King from the top of a bus I don’t know him still he seems to know us.” I was reminded of these lines from “The Mountains of Morne” when I met the Emperor and Empress of Japan … Continue reading

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The Festive Board

I have a housewarming party. I plan a roof top, beach dance party  but forget it is getting on for the end of November and for once Okinawa lets me down by producing a truly miserable day. It rains, gusts … Continue reading

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The MacNeils Were Skilled Seafarers

Noah offered the MacNeil clan chief a place on the Ark, but the MacNeil turned down the offer, saying that he had a boat of his own. The MacNeils clan stronghold is Kishmul Castle in  Barra. The castle is in … Continue reading

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Du Nouveau 2012

I remember taking the boys to school many years ago only to find that the road was blocked by an overturned tanker of Beaujolais Nouveau. At the  time I lived in France close to le Beaujolais. It was 7:30 on … Continue reading

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