Author Jude Collins

Walls and Flowers

15 JULY 2009 • Up early in Lucca to get an along-the –walls run in before we headed for Firenze (why do outsiders call places like Florence by a different name than the people who live there?). The circuit of the walls is 2.3 miles, which I completed yesterday and the day before and today. […]

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Walls and Flowers

15 JULY 2009 • Up early in Lucca to get an along-the –walls run in before we headed for Firenze (why do outsiders call places like Florence by a different name than the people who live there?). The circuit of the walls is 2.3 miles, which I completed yesterday and the day before and today. […]

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Piece of Pizza in Pisa

I’ve been out of touch with the internet since coming to Italy, or at least with that part of it which allows me to post blogs. Happily all that is now resolved, so I’m going to put up stuff I wrote and stored, starting with a week ago. Don’t worry, we’ll soon be up-to-date. 12 […]

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Piece of Pizza in Pisa

I’ve been out of touch with the internet since coming to Italy, or at least with that part of it which allows me to post blogs. Happily all that is now resolved, so I’m going to put up stuff I wrote and stored, starting with a week ago. Don’t worry, we’ll soon be up-to-date. 12 […]

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Viva Italia!

We’re about to start heading for Italy. This’ll involve taking the train to Belfast, the bus from Belfast to Dublin airport, and a Ryanair flight from there to Pisa. We are due to arrive after midnight so it’ll be after 1 a.m., I imagine, before we lay our weary heads down. I know there’s a […]

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Viva Italia!

We’re about to start heading for Italy. This’ll involve taking the train to Belfast, the bus from Belfast to Dublin airport, and a Ryanair flight from there to Pisa. We are due to arrive after midnight so it’ll be after 1 a.m., I imagine, before we lay our weary heads down. I know there’s a […]

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A hotel room with a pay-per-view (or two)

Strewth! What next – the Pope gets caught coming out of a Roman night-club looking tired and emotional? Jeffrey Donaldson says those bills for hundreds of pounds in movies viewed – alone, presumably – in his London hotel room were for ‘blockbuster movies’. Like? Oooh, like the Star Wars trilogy and, what was it – […]

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A hotel room with a pay-per-view (or two)

Strewth! What next – the Pope gets caught coming out of a Roman night-club looking tired and emotional? Jeffrey Donaldson says those bills for hundreds of pounds in movies viewed – alone, presumably – in his London hotel room were for ‘blockbuster movies’. Like? Oooh, like the Star Wars trilogy and, what was it – […]

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Icarus the Scot

I’ve just come from watching Andy Roddick, the Yank, beat Andy Murray, the, um, Brit. Actually Murray is a Scot and he even had the chutzpah to tell a BBC interviewer that he’d be hoping England got beaten in some football tournament at the time. Despite that, the British have drowned his Scottishness in their […]

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Icarus the Scot

I’ve just come from watching Andy Roddick, the Yank, beat Andy Murray, the, um, Brit. Actually Murray is a Scot and he even had the chutzpah to tell a BBC interviewer that he’d be hoping England got beaten in some football tournament at the time. Despite that, the British have drowned his Scottishness in their […]

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