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... Watcher". This figure has regularly been witnessed by visitors both in small and large groups. The apparition, dressed in a long blue frock coat, tri-corner hat and large leather boots, has been seen moving around the vaults breathing whisky breath on visitors and blocking doorways. One sighting in particular was witnessed by a group of 14 visitors and their guide all at the same time. Other manifestations include strange smells, lowering temperatures, stone throwing, phantom ...
... but is somewhat confined to his kingdom of Mongolia. All of the places are actually Calvino's descriptions of Venice, showing the multiple layers that make up a city, but the book is set out as though Marco Polo is travelling to magical lands far away, and beautifully foreign. There is one place I've been to that seemed like it was right out of Invisible Cities. Brunei, and it's capital Bandar Seri Begawan, is a really special city - spotlessly clean, a ...
... or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...
... well actually – entrance/exit) to my little Mews – across the road is a lovely big tree. Several weeks ago it was full of beautiful, white, miniature flowers. Still now, I kick myself I didn’t take a photo as the blooms have all gone and the tree is all green. But looking out into the street, under the archway, it was quite spectacular – and very Spring! Maybe next year!!!
- A Danish woman came into work the other week. The pronunciation of ...
... pub that looked interesting for supper. I was back in the hotel in time to get us a 'happy hour' drink and we rested up before going out for something to eat.
Dinner at the pub was an experience. The atmosphere was good, as usual, and they had some unusual choices for meals. Sheila, (due to her restrictions), was happy with her fish & chips. For me it was "haggis, neeps ...