The tooth and the NHS

The tooth got worse and worse. Clearly it was beyond paracetamol and ibuprofen, and I didn’t think I should drive at all, much less all the way to Somerset. I tried to find a dentist, but I couldn’t find anywhere that would treat a non-patient. Apparently there is an emergency dentist in Telford, but they weren’t answering the phone, and when I took a taxi there I found I was…

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Leave!

On Thursday morning we went to Iron Bridge, the first arch bridge in the world to be built of cast iron, in 1779. In the evening, my toothache got much worse. I spent the night waking up with the pain, whimpering until I could safely take another painkiller, then checking the referendum results-so-far while I waited for the painkiller to kick in. It did not make me happier. This result…

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The servants dining area. Who sat where. at Attingham Park. Shropshire

Attingham Park

I don’t get a huge amount of use out of my National Trust membership, what with living in the Canary Islands, but I do like to visit a National Trust property when I can. So went to Attingham Park, a stately home near Telford. It’s gorgeous. And huge. We didn’t have time to go around much of the grounds (400 acres, if memory serves!) but we did go around the…

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On holiday

I’ve escaped for 10 days before the summer guiding rush. On Sunday morning I flew to Tenerife and spent a pleasant afternoon and evening, mostly in the hotel room. I took a nap and caught up with email. For lunch, we found a nearby Irish bar called Grandee O’Donnell that was serving Sunday roasts. It was damn good! So we went back for dinner (also good) and a little karaoke….

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My story on the web!

My story “These Eyes” is up on Collidor at http://www.realityskimming.com/update/2016/6/14/these-eyes-story-6-of-collidor-series I love the art work! They’ll be publishing an interview with me later. UPDATE: Commentry on the story at http://www.realityskimming.com/update/2016/6/15/connections-these-eyes

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Two silky sifakas

Squee Sunday: Sifakas

There are somewhere between 100 and 1,000 Silky Sifakas (Propithecus candidus) living in the wild. Sifakas are a family of lemurs, and all lemurs come from Madagascar. They’re so well adapted to life in the trees that they can only move on the ground by hopping.

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