Burned, buried and brought back to life

A look back (first published 17 February 2015): discovering the secrets of the papyrus scrolls of Herculaneum, now in the National Library in Naples, Italy.

The Phraser

Library of Naples Library of Naples
Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli

It’s never a good idea to judge anything by appearances.  Here’s an example.

Mid-autumn of last year I was new in Naples.  The language was a challenge and I still didn’t know my way around.  The city seemed hectic and disheveled.

Then, on a wet Wednesday in November, I was invited on a trip to the Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli.

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London and the life beneath its feet

Copyright Transport for London

Copyright Transport for London

A great city depends on the energy of its people – London is a great city and it’s thriving thanks to Londoners.

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Ten tips to help with the house move drama

  • Top accessory: another pair of hands.
  • Top stress buster: shelve all work deadlines for at least a week.
  • Big question: would it be more fun not moving?
We have moved house over 12 times in the last two decades.  Five of the moves have been with three children and a dog and, of those five, two have been international.
We are not known for logistical finesse but our moves have stockpiled some knowledge.  Here are a few top tips.

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“Let us, then, be up and…

(This was in amongst my first blogs)

“Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – A Psalm of Life