French Revolutions

Edging ever closer to the 700 day point, I have just started to re-read Tim Moore’s book called French Revolutions. A month before the Tour de France in 2000 he decided to spend 6 weeks cycling the route of the tour. That year it was 3,630 kilometres – […]

Another Inspiration: Mark Beaumont

A few developments since I last wrote:1. I have been discovered – by the people I know who spend their summers in Puglia and whose idylic holiday destination / yoga retreat you can link to over there on the right under “The destination in Puglia”. Check out their […]

La nouvelle carte est arrivee!

It is a strange thing, but being on holiday for six weeks every summer means that you forget the passage of time and struggle to say what day it is. With my blog vote (still four votes), however, I can say that it is 714 days until I […]

Back to work

I have another vote – and my plan is still “inspired” after (only) 4 votes!I couldn’t sleep last night so when I eventually did nod off it wasn’t until 10.30am that I woke. Expecting to feel very stiff after yesterday’s efforts, I was glad to discover that my […]

Cycle from Reading to London

Was it the fact that Britain won its first Olympic Gold in Beijing in cycling or was it my good mood (see earlier post). I decided to cycle to London via Windsor and then catch the train back from Paddington. I did all that – it took about […]

Feling good!

It is so nice to have had a good night’s sleep and to wake up without a hangover from excessive alcohol and late night stodgy food. It is one of those feelings that you really wish you could bottle and open up on the days that you don’t… […]

Votes etc…

I have a third vote over there. I’m still inspired. 🙂After the British Library, I went to the British Museum to meet two friends and to see an exhibition about Hadrian – the Roman Emperor. He was refreshingly liberated in his personal life :).In the shop afterwards, I […]

Visit to the British Library

This morning I went down to London, applied for and obtained a card to become an official “reader” of the British Library (sounds grand but the entrance criteria were not tough!) and found my document. As I sat in the manuscripts reading room I made the following notes:“I […]

Possible dates for the trip

I bought (at great expense) some updates for my Filofax (which must use more this year), including year planners for both 2009 and 2010. It looks like the summer holidays in 2010 will be from Friday 23rd July to Monday 6th September. I could aim to do the […]

Italian

I mention below my need to get my Italian up to scratch for the trip and this afternoon I enrolled on a course at the University of Reading School of Continuing Education (posh words for “night school!). It all kicks off on Thursday 9th October.

British Library Update

Well they got back to me with the correct reference: I wasn’t too far away – it is “Cotton Tiberius B V Part 1, folio 23 verso to folio 24 [TEXT ONLY]”. They call it the “correct foliation”. I can see a facsimile on CD which they have […]