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“From Hell, Hull, and Halifax, Good Lord, deliver us”

Monday March 21st, 2016, Nondescript Hotel Room, Leeds French and Belgian leaders speak of Saleh Abdessalem arrest. Obama visits Cuba. Cameron under attack for British budget. Connolly typing in hotel room in Leeds. Saturday March 18th, 2016 Manchester Mac dropped me off in Manchester before making his way onward to Bishop Auckland. The house concert […]

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Philomena, St. Patrick and Pele

St. Philomena, St. Patrick and Pele March 17th, 2016, Bishop Auckland My grandmother Philomena had ten children. She was a kind and gentle and beautiful woman. Today is her anniversary. It is also St. Patrick’s Day. To the green-face painted, green-beer drinking parades around the world, did you know St. Patrick wasn’t Irish? He was […]

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Thank You to The Bluebird Cafe Edinburgh

March 16th, 2016 President Obama has nominated the next supreme court Judge. Trump and Clinton bolster their position. There has been a sudden increase in number of migrants trying to cross from Libya to Italy.  FIFA says it’s a victim of corruption. March 15th, Edinburgh, The Bluebird Cafe – Go There! A persistent foggy drizzle hung […]

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Gourock and Glasgow, Scotland

March 13th, Crossmyloof, Glasgow and Gourock And the radio says… United Kingdom prepares to vote on leaving the Euro. A recent poll says France would also welcome a vote to leave the Eurozone. Trump is demanding protesters be arrested. Michael John is skyping his mother in West Cork. Little Finn is googling and ahhing along. […]

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Four Countries in a Day

Friday, March 11th 6pm ish, Doyle’s, Dublin   Rows of Guinness are settling on the bar. The place is full of French, German, Irish, English accents, ready for the weekend. Van Morrison is on the stereo. The staff are fantastically patient. Mike Scott sang, “Dublin is a city full of ghosts”. Never truer than now, […]

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Old Friends in the Old Town – Vienna – Budapest

After a bleak enough delay at the Eastern Czech town of Přerov’s train station, we arrived into rainy Vienna’s Hauptbahnhof about forty minutes later than expected. One friendly taxi ride later, we checked in at Hotel Am Brillantengrund. This was Neil’s recommendation. I would pass on that tip. It was reasonably priced, clean, artsy and in […]

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Thank You Olomouc – Hello Vienna

February 17th, 2016 – Train from Olomouc to Vienna Go to Olomouc A two hours and twenty minute train ride from Prague, Olomouc is well worth the trip. An historic town and also a college town, it has the energy and edge that comes with that. I also has a tiny fraction of Prague’s tourists. […]

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Prague

The train from Berlin to Prague is one of the more scenic routes I’ve taken in Europe. Clare slept off a bit of jetlag for a few hours. Later, our compartmental comrades, a Danish family with a Ukrainian matriarch, got chatting to us. I learned a lot about Russia,the Soviet Union, and Ukraine. I was […]

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