Gymnasium of the Mind

Running alongside Bologna's cathedral is a street of shops and cafes aimed at the well-heeled visitor (of whom there are plenty) but if this were all that caught your eye you would easily bypass one of the city's gems as you missed the archway into the courtyard beyond. Actually street is a word that always feels … Continue reading Gymnasium of the Mind


Cultural osmosis

Last week when I met the reluctant Mrs Postlethwaite, I was inspired to do some research into this very English sounding name.  I already suspected it wasn't as "home grown" as it might seem, since way back in the mists of time I had a primary school teacher (Bernard Thwaites) who told me that thwait … Continue reading Cultural osmosis