Advantages of cruising holidays for over 60’s

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Cruising is becoming more and more popular with the over sixties and it is not difficult to see why. It can provide a good mixture of adventure and relaxation as well as a chance to make new friends and try new activities.

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2019 in photos

heidi a maine coon kitten
my daughter’s kitten Heidi

This post is in response to a photo challenge from a fellow blogger to produce a gallery of my favourite recent photos.  Although I would like to think of myself as a travel blogger I have to admit my most liked photo on Facebook was a kitten. So can I introduce my daughter’s kitten Heidi who is part Maine Coon and who we expect to grow quite big. Continue reading “2019 in photos”

Tewkesbury a historic Cotswold town

This week we headed up the M5 to Tewkesbury a small Gloucestershire town close to the river Severn on the western edge of the Cotswolds.  The town was the site of a decisive battle in the wars of the Roses. It has a magnificent Norman abbey and a remarkably well preserved old town full of black and white half timbered houses with overhanging upper storeys.

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Tewkesbury abbey

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Why do we need multilingual technical manuals?

A workman consulting a manual
I wish I could understand the manual

My background

I have always loved learning languages and I studied French and German as subsidiary subjects at university.  However  my first real job when I left college was as a technician in a metallurgical laboratory in a large engineering works. The laboratory was headed by a formidable female Russian engineer.  A lot of the equipment we bought came from Germany and we would often struggle to understand the manuals even when they had been translated into English. Continue reading “Why do we need multilingual technical manuals?”