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lost

After being looked after at my sister’s house I was dropped off by the river to walk a stretch into Newcastle city centre.  There were loads of brightly coloured huts on a ledge above the river, used for housing pigeons.  I found John there.  John has been made redundant after working for 41 years.  He [...]
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hartlepool

A lady in the next village from mine when I was younger had a stocky grey pony called Hartlepool who pulled a cart around the countryside, and ever since I’ve liked the name.   So Hartlepool became the next destination.  The excellent and cheap Grand Central train line runs through it direct from London, and [...]
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queen and country

I got a bus early from Carlisle to visit Hadrian’s Wall.  A man called David gave me an extensive commentary the whole way on the Romans and the forts and the wall.  He comes from Milton Keynes every month and walks a stretch so he knows what he’s talking about.   Apparently Birdoswald, where I [...]
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blackpool to morecambe

The love affair with Blackpool has ended, although on reasonably good terms.  A guy I met called Mike suggested I come to Morecambe, where apparently there are lots of old people.  I love old people so this sounds good.  Everywhere seems pretty quiet in Morecambe.  I hardly saw a soul on the streets when I [...]
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pretty nice

Pretty pretty Buxton.  It was nice.  I’ve been reading a book called Watching the English by Kate Fox where she talks about our love of the word ‘nice’ – it suits our moderate approach to most things, she says.  Possibly true.  The chapter I’m reading at the moment is about pets  It’s worth reproducing this [...]
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ravensthorpe, northampton

You don’t need much time to explore Ravensthorpe village.  It’s basically small and pretty.  It has a reservoir where people fish, a post office where people get their pensions, a church for whatever, a pub where people drink (‘Still £2 a pint!’ it says outside The Chequers), a playing field with a massive concrete tube [...]
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