Category Archives: Travel

Ex-library books. How bad do they have to be before we decide they are unsaleable?

This one is pretty bad. I’ll show you the worst bits first. Library stamps, felt-tip pricing, folded corners, foxing, staining, ink-written Dewey and accession numbers, manilla library card pockets and a hole where library documentation has been removed. Oh dear! … Continue reading

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The sad life of a would-be tourist guide in Wilmslow

People do come and visit Wilmslow. Generally speaking they are either visiting family and friends or else they have come for the charity shops – which are many, varied and full of lovely stuff. And when they have done what … Continue reading

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What on earth is ‘Dry Northern Wit’?

Today’s book is supposed to have it, according to The Independent, whose complimentary review is quoted on the cover of this Manchester Compendium. I live in the North; I have lived in the South, so I should be able to … Continue reading

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Are you a trig-point logger?

I’m not a trig-point logger, but when I’ve climbed to the highest point of the Preseli mountains at Rosebush or walked to the tip of Dinas Head it is immensely satisfying to find a triangulation station to confirm that you’ve … Continue reading

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A surprising thing that I learned during a summer in Pakistan

I never read any Enid Blyton as a child. She was despised by my school teachers and as I had an great collection of hand-me-down William books from my older cousins and a fantastic children’s library 10 minutes’ walk away … Continue reading

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See Glasgow and the Clyde before cars came to Glasgow and before ships left the Clyde

My only visit to Glasgow was many years ago. I visited, as a tourist, with an Italian friend who was much bolder and much less inhibited than I was. He persuaded me that it would be OK  to climb to … Continue reading

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The International Brigade – written anonymously by Don Stayt in 1939 (I think)

This polemical little pamphlet is the anonymous work of a South African journalist. He is driven by the fear that the organisation of the International Brigades for the Spanish civil war would lead to a communist takeover of France, and … Continue reading

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Paris : Vintage postcards published by E Papeghin

Imagine delighting your friends and family by sending these unused vintage postcards on your next visit to Paris. There are 18 cards in all. They date from c1920 and are in pretty good condition, having been interleaved with sheets of … Continue reading

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Rome: A photographic Guide (Era il Rione Monti : Passeggiata fotografica per le strade del primo rione di Roma)

If travelling to Rome, you might be thinking of buying one of the excellent guides, stocked on the shelves of the standard bookshop. You’d be wise, however, also to look on the Oxfam travel shelves where you might just find something a bit different and … Continue reading

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A Short History of the Narrow Boat by Tom Chaplin

Have you been on a narrow boat holiday? If you haven’t I can recommend it. We’ve been twice. The first 30 minutes were catastrophically awful as we veered from bank to bank with a strong pole pusher up front and an inept steerer behind. But … Continue reading

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