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Barnaby Capel-Dunn
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Dis or Dat Utopian
If I come across the word "dystopian" one more time I shall be left with no choice but to look it up and find out what it means.

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Geography
I have spent many a happy hour poring over maps and atlases of all descriptions and have always prided myself on having a reasonably precise idea of where places, rivers and countries lie in relation to one another. Imagine my astonishment, therefore, to di...

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Dateline London
Marville Road, SW6 I am struck once again by the opulence of the modern Dijon railway station, so much better in almost every way than the one I can remember from thirty years ago. The only thing missing is an escalator to lift the ageing population up to p...

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Dateline London
Marville Road, SW6 I am struck once again by the opulence of the modern Dijon railway station, so much better in almost every way than the one I can remember from thirty years ago. The only thing missing is an escalator to lift the ageing population up to p...

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In The Duke Wore Jeans (England, 1958), John Wayne plays the part of an English noblemen anxious to wed his daughter to a Texas oilman (Tommy Steele). The film raises a number of interesting questions, some of which have not been satisfactorily answered to ...

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Looking for Trouble
Here I was, happy enough to make do with the same Blogger layout or "theme" I have used for years, when my good friend, fellow blogger and Beaumont survivor Jerry, asked if I could suggest any tweaks to the appearance of his blog. Mindful of the havoc I hav...

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Morse and Co.
I never realised what dangerous places Oxford and Cambridge were until I started binge-watching Endeavour, Lewis and Grantchester on Netflix. On the strength of my encounters so far, Oxford comes across as marginally more gruesome. You see, once a murder is...

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Breaking Vows
You won't believe what the Duchess of Windsor looks like now The Brexit sign means happy motoring Unemployment drops to lowest rate since 1575 Brexit won't mean shift in policy towards migrating birds, says Boris Donald Trump shows off his new state-of-the-...

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The Matterhorn
It seems barely credible that this mountain should be visible from our home in France. Plus, if you look very carefully, you can just make out the imposing peak of Mount Everest towering above the lush pastures of Happy Valley.

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Am I the same person as I was at the age of twenty? To make my meaning a little clearer, am I the same person as when I started this blog some 12 years ago? Has my character changed? Has my way of looking at the world changed? These are questions to which I...
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