Category Archives: geography

Places, maps, speculation

A puzzle

Last weekend we walked from Kinross to Falkland. Kinross is on the shore of Loch Leven (not the sea-loch of the same name on the west coast), which is drained by the River Leven (which flows into the Firth of … Continue reading

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G2D2, 3: excursions

Yaokun Wu wrote me about the China Three Gorges University logo: Another understanding of the logo of TGU is some sailing boats and books, meaning sailing in the sea (river) of books. As evidence for this, here is a picture … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of Scots Way

Walking is very popular now. To meet the demand, many new named long-distance paths have been created. I wrote earlier about my proposed X to Y walk, which I fully intended to do when I retired, but I haven’t quite … Continue reading

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Portugal’s oldest university?

I am in Portugal, a country which is as near as can be my second home now. At the weekend, we went on an incredible trip to the Alentejo, the region of Portugal between the river Tejo and the Algarve. … Continue reading

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A trip to Hull

At the end of last week I went to Hull. This is a place I hadn’t been to before, although it was City of Culture last year. I stayed overnight in the Hull Royal Hotel, where Queen Victoria (pictured above) … Continue reading

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Around All Hallows Eve

A few things to note, at this very autumnal time of year. On Saturday we went to a concert, part of the St Andrews Voices festival. The concert was given by Dowland Works (five singers including Emma Kirkby, and two … Continue reading

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The Fife Coastal Path

A week or so ago saw for me the end of a journey that had been in progress for more than twelve years. I first walked a stretch of the Fife Coastal Path (St Andrews to Crail) on the free … Continue reading

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