We’ve returned from our trip to the British Isles. It was a splendid, if not exactly slimming, trip (too many pints and convivial repasts for that, I’m afraid), and it was nice to be almost completely off-line throughout, paying almost no attention to social media and the news. Among the highlights (besides being with family new and old, which was best of all) were: a long walk through the fields of the rural Midlands to a twelfth-century pub; getting to know Dublin (including a sobering tour of the Kilmainham Gaol); a two-day visit to the starkly beautiful Antrim coast of Northern Ireland; the Churchill “War Rooms” museum in London; and seeing the magnificent St. Paul’s again after thirty-four years (with far more understanding and appreciative eyes).

Now I’ve got some catching-up to do. Back to normal order soon.

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  1. Whitewall says

    Welcome back! Januaries are for dieting anyway :)

    Posted January 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  2. Welcome back! I am somewhat envious of all those delicious pints. The world has continued falling apart in your absence.

    Posted January 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  3. Welcome back, Malcolm. Sounds like a great holiday.

    Now back to the “complaints” department. For some reason, the feed for your blog,
    did not report this particular post to my feed reader, albeit the feed for the comments,
    is working fine.

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 2:47 am | Permalink
  4. Never mind. I rebooted and cleared the Chrome cache and all is well.

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 3:19 am | Permalink
  5. Brett,

    Perhaps Malcolm can manage to reboot the world and make it all better …

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 3:24 am | Permalink
  6. Whitewall says

    Malcolm, while you were away, Instapundit linked the “Cathedral” term at least three times. First was on the 7th…

    Posted January 10, 2017 at 7:29 am | Permalink