The Chancellor will hear of this...

Trip Start Dec 02, 2011
Trip End Jan 29, 2012

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Today I went into Marlborough with Carole to explore. I started my day at the Jubilee Centre where Carole works; a drop in centre for the elderly in the area. I popped in and out during the day to help out - I wrote a press release for them for the local paper, helped serve at lunch and (the horror) was made to do a little speech about myself to everyone.  There I saw Alf again; the former town crier.  Last time I was here he was a volunteer, now he’s a visitor.  

I also met a fascinating man named Harry; 97 years old and looked maybe 60.  He decrypted with Churchill in the war, held a myriad of positions over the years and still has affiliations with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.  We discussed economic policy and I told him about the stimulus package they employed in Australia.  He has apparently been arguing for something similar here and said he was going to tell the Chancellor about it.  So there you go, dear reader, I have possibly influenced British financial policy - Andrew will be so proud :P  

I spent part of the day wandering around the shops, as well as going for a wander through the Priory gardens - a beautiful area, though it was quite cold down by the river.  I saw many things I'd have liked to buy, but I'm holding out for the Boxing Day sales.  Or at least I'm trying to...

I met Emma, a family friend, for lunch at a new cafe that Gemma's friend recently opened up in the Hight Street, which is a combined cafe and shop called Bow House. We caught up over coffee, broccoli soup and antipasto.  The food was amazing, the coffee was average, but I can be extraordinarily fussy when it comes to caffeine, and the English seem to enjoy their coffee milky.

 FYI my mobile no. over here is +447774743314
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