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2019

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As ever, the events of 2019, were pre-determined by those towards the end of the previous year: the death of an ex-colleague of my partner, the awful prognosis of a brain cancer of my old friend of 40 years. Sadly the nine deaths of friends, colleagues, neighbours & family followed, touching us deeply. The daughter of a friend, along with a couple from a nearby village, died in the Ethiopian 737 MAX 8 crash which was particularly upsetting and has led to much study of the causes and its aftermath.
Needless to say, life had to continue, for us with an early visit to Brussels to old friends and erstwhile colleagues. There was much activity too for the Twinning web site of ‘our’ village in the Loire Valley and a village in Wiltshire. February brought unseasonal but excellent weather enabling country walks & visits to local villages as well as the regular trips to London. Tree & bush trimming rejuvenated the little London garden!

March

March took us to Budapest for a superb 5-night stop seeing ‘my’ Basilica (St Stephen’s, but OK, I am no saint!), the Spas, Danube river trips, Parliament, the National & Revolution Museums (the latter very moving) the Citadella and a Catholic service in St Matthias church. The visit is a must: if you can – go! Since we had flown from Paris we took advantage of yet more visiting there, but not the awfully damaged Notre Dame.

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May

Friends from our twin village stayed with us and we all went to Vouvray for ‘Boules de fort’ education as well as wine tasting and on to Amboise and Chenonceau for a trip on the Cher River. In the same month of May we were visited by an Australian friend, my cousin & his wife from Canada and our friend who has retired in Penang. The annual Old School reunion on the south coast of Hampshire provided even more variety, where my old Maths teacher decided to sing to me personally, a hymn he had written, in the middle of the heaving Hotel bar – I am not making this up!

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June

London house maintenance then took over much of my time: organising the final double-glazed window, roof and guttering repairs, and the planning & ordering of a new kitchen. Given that the original kitchen was new when I moved in 1984, despite decoration at suitable intervals, 35 years later it was distinctly necessary.

July

July took us to the heart of Germany – Berlin – with an erstwhile French neighbour in Paris: She is a teacher of mature students and knows the city well, so we were able to profit from her experience as well as to ’do our own thing’. No surprises if you have been, since our visits included the Brandenburg Gate, the Bundestag and its amazing Norman Foster-designed Dome, the DDR Museum (photo – adjacent) as well as Checkpoint Charlie, walking along the route of the Berlin Wall, Museum Island & the huge Wansee Lake for a great swim.

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August

A rather special birthday present was being driven by my dear friend of long standing: to visit the University of Reading, (photo - Whiteknights Park) where I lived, worked, married & divorced – thus a whirlwind of memories including a really nostalgic walk by the river in Caversham while she watched some of the highlights of the Wimbledon Tennis final - live on her mobile ‘phone. Such is today’s technology.

August

I organised a fabulous 50 minute flight in a glider with an aero-tow, soaring up from 500 to 1000 meters and where I was allowed to pilot it for about 15 minutes. A very long time since my first solo glider flight in 1964!

Although subsequently occupied in London with the great kitchen makeover, I exchanged emails with my MP on aviation & Heathrow issues and answered the Dept of Transport survey for Aviation for the coming 50 years. We agreed amicably to disagree on the great Brexit debate!

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September

Although subsequently occupied in London with the great kitchen makeover, I exchanged emails with my MP on aviation & Heathrow issues and answered the Dept of Transport survey for Aviation for the coming 50 years. We agreed amicably to disagree on the great Brexit debate!

 

November

Another twinning weekend in November included a French version of Guy Fawkes, the Remembrance Service at the local Monument des Morts and a great, long lunch and sing-song for 50+ people in the large village restaurant.

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