Category Archives: Venice

Today is the 400th anniversary of Tom’s Departure

A picture from Padua’s railway station Thanks Tom for inspiring my walk, changed my life – a little And in other news: the Venice bottom snapper has finally been caught. Normal walking service will shortly resume: I’m writing an academic … Continue reading

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Tommy in Venice (I)

“…The first place of Venice that was inhabited, is that which now they call the Rialto, which word is derived from rivus altus, that is, a deep river, because the water is deeper there then about other Islands. And the … Continue reading

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Is the Earth More Free?

“…Watch the manoeuvres of the week-end hikersMassed on parade with Kodaks or with Leicas…”Letter to Lord Byron At the beginning of this trip I wrote of W.H. Auden’s poem, “Dover” which caught so well the essential nature of Kent’s port … Continue reading

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Venice: Had ’em all

“I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices…”Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile If you type “Venice, Loneliness” into the database at the British Library there is one result: Leo Damrosch’s fantastic biography of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. If you … Continue reading

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Oh Venice, city of Angels

Diesel jeans just in case you wondered, are Italian, the owner is from Padua. And is he not happy with the prices in Venice either “Mr Rosso (52), who comes from nearby Padua, said that they had enjoyed the orchestra … Continue reading

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Betwixt Venice

“This is a fabulous, extraordinary madhouse. Beams of light shoot down from Baroque ceilings on the masses of earnest morons flinging their money down the drain…” Noel Coward’s diaries, 1954 “I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a … Continue reading

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