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Thoughts of an urban couple (and pets) living "Red in tooth and claw" with nature and red tape on the Tyrrenhian Coast. More Info

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Sunsets and Storms over the Tyrrenhian Sea

Sunsets and Storms over the Tyrrenhian Sea

The joys of continental motoring

September 19, 2011 by Donald

I have just driven back from England, having borrowed my daughter’s car for the journey, and I must say the journey whilst can never be described as pleasant, at least… Read more…

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July 14, 2011 by Donald

Passports in their modern form were probably invented by King Henry the Fifth, and have become standardised over the last couple of centuries, to demonstrate both a person’s right to… Read more…

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What am I doing here?

June 6, 2011 by Donald

This weekend my wife and I invited to Sunday lunch two couples we have known in Italy respectively seventeen and eight years; both husbands are Italian but the wives are… Read more…

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Our family and other animals (Part Three)

May 22, 2011 by Donald

We’ve had bereavement in our family, poor Bruce is no more, we found him dead, stretched out as if asleep on the side of our drive. No signs of injury… Read more…

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Has Summer Arrived

May 6, 2011 by Donald

It’s always difficult to decide whether summer has really arrived, especially after last year when we had such a wet June, and with the Italian aversion to shedding overcoats until… Read more…

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Our Family and Other Animals (Part 2 (Mainly Martha))

April 21, 2011 by Donald

It became apparent that Martha our new German Shepherd was already a very sociable animal at eight weeks when we brought her home, as she insisted on sleeping under our… Read more…

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The joys of house owning (in Italy)

April 10, 2011 by Donald

When we were searching for our current house our Italian estate agent having exhausted properties that he thought would suit us informed us in his best English that there was… Read more…

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Accident and Emergency Departments I have known…

February 24, 2011 by Donald

Why is it that all Accident and Emergency departments around Europe seem to be the same, not physically of course, but staffed by similar people, with similar patients and worst… Read more…

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Our family and other animals Part One (with apologies to Gerald Durrell)

February 11, 2011 by Donald

I’ve always lived in a family where there was an animal of some sort, the usual pets for small children, gold fish, hamsters, budgerigars etc featured in my earliest memories,… Read more…

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Funziona, venduta a farmacia

January 27, 2011 by Donald

To any English person who over the last few years has become used to buying an ever widening range of more potent licensed medicines over the counter in the UK,… Read more…

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