Bangonomics and free firewood After the recent torrential rains work continues to clear up the mess. The roads are in a poor state, with pot-holes everywhere, and some vehicles are better at dealing this than others. Not for me low-profile tyres on expensive alloy wheels; these are far too vulnerable to damage, and low front spoilers […]

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Then it rained some more When is it going to stop? I watch the news from the UK and see continual reports of flooding; it seems there’s no time to clear up before the next onslaught arrives.The suffering is spread widely from West to East and North to South. Some flooding can be blamed on poor […]

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Des res Between Christmas and the New Year it hardly stopped raining over most of Europe, it seems. As I write, the UK news is still full of stories about flooding. Here the geography would require a flood of a truly Biblical nature to have any great impact, but the rains do accelerate the process […]

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Keeping warm in winter It’s now a week since I returned to Italy from Coventry. 29 months of sitting at a desk all day has suddenly been replaced by heavy manual labour – maintenance of half an acre of mountainside covered in olive trees, where practically nothing has been touched for over a decade. The […]

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Goodbye to Coventry The weekend just passed was my last one in Coventry, after two and a half years writing software for a living at the Lloydspharmacy head office. My rented apartment, which I vacate next weekend, is about a mile down the road, from where I walk to work every day. All this time I’ve kept in touch with Anna […]

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Hurrah for central heating! When our house was built in the 1970s it was provided with central heating, comprising radiators in most rooms and an open fire in the living room surrounded by steel pipes to heat the water. As is the way with these things, most of the heat escaped up the chimney and […]

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Late October 2013 Here at Serendipity things are starting to get under way. Our land is on both sides of the track that leads through it and onward to other houses. Most of it, including the house, is below the track, but there are a number of terraces above that until recently have been completely inaccessible owing […]

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This is a short resumé of events between mid 2010, when I stopped writing blogs, and the end of 2013. In 2010 we were planning a relaunch of The Riviera Woman to make the magazine easier to maintain. Several of the features from the earlier version were dropped, among them the User Blogs. At the […]

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