Are you going to San Francisco?

So that was how we came to be coming into land at San Francisco Airport (SFO) to a city that we had been told demanded at least but no less than a quarter of our entire holiday, and as always it was the grand scale of America stretched out below that strikes you first. Five years previously it had been Las Vegas; toy- like and oddly out of place in a vast sandy expanse like a travelling fair long past its heyday pulled up in the corner of an isolated field in the openness of the countryside. With San Francisco it was the multiplies necessitated by the scale; the cars, lanes on freeways, expanses of water, tiers of housing and the mountains, all bedecked with a cloud filled sky dulled and scented by the forest fires that burnt out of control to the north of the city.

Bath 2240-3

In “Following Your Dream” a threshing barn dating back to the seventeenth century became a family home containing a longed-for pig killing bench used as a coffee table. The story of that bench intertwined with an account of the “Pig Clubs” set up to help war time Britain feed itself and the role it played... Continue Reading →

Town Mouse & Country Mouse

The "Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" Aesop Fable has become an English idiom that recognises the effect on our character of where we are from, and to use another idiom how as a result we may sometimes feel like a fish out of water.

Drinking Together-What’s the History?

With the festive party season upon us, pubs and bars across the country will play host to groups of friends or work colleagues of both sexes who will drink together and look forward to their Christmas break. But what is the historical context of such drinking across the sexes both at Christmas and throughout the... Continue Reading →

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