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Old 31.07.2017, 15:12
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Re: Is there a strong connection between your 'back' home and where you live in CH?

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James Joyce was buried in Zurich.
And wrote most of his stuff in Trieste and Paris.

Somewhere I have a photo of the two of us in Trieste.

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Old 31.07.2017, 15:33
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Re: Is there a strong connection between your 'back' home and where you live in CH?

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Is there a strong connection between your 'back' home and where you live in CH?
No. Unless you count that I came from a Boot and Shoe area in England and I still wear boots and shoes.

Totectors in Rushden
Doc Martens in Wollaston
Hiking Boots and Skating boots in Kettering.
Handmade shoes in Northampton
There used to be a shop for ladies' shoes in really large sizes in a Northamptonshire village but maybe they only do online sales now. Long time since I went shopping there with my sister and my niece. To some folks 'Now you have put your big foot in it' is a fact, not a mere saying.
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We visit Market Harborough very often- so this is not far. Some young Swiss friends who went there recently made a special trip to the Dr Marten factory place. These days I ma more likely to visit the Rieker factory shop just down the road

Which reminds me of another connection. Dubied knitting machines were the best for a long time, and they had a subsidiary in Leicester, home of UK textiles then- to sell, install and service all the machines. Many Leics engineers came to the area to learn about the machines, and I befriended an older lady from my native village who married one of them and used to live round the corner from the 2nd school where I used to teach. Popped in every week for a cuppa and a good chinwag in French all about our region and her relatives- Sadly long gone now, both Renée and her Leics husband- and the firm that went bankrupt in the 80s as they sat on their laurels too long and never saw the Japanese arrive with electronic machines.

It was a British vicar, William Lee, who invented the first knitting machine- having watched his good wife knit constantly. But he was refused a patent in England due to the massive power and influence of the artisan Guilds. He took his invention to Paris late 18C, where the King, Henry IV was very interested and wanted him to develop in France. As he was assassinated - plans didn't succeed! Several others tried to develop the machine, Cotton and Townsend for instance. But it was finally in the USA that a proper mechanical machine was put together in 1863 by Isaac Wixon Lamb. He exhibited it in Paris- where Dubied bought the Patent and started production in Switzerland, in Couvet (NE) where all the engineering firms so far were linked to watch-making. They supplied all the textile mills of the world for over a Century.

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James Joyce was buried in Zurich and I still regard Portrait of an Artist as a decent book.
The standard tour whenever one of my Eng. Lit. colleagues visited was Joyce's grave, the house where he and Nora lived up by the Uni, an expensive dram in the Kronenhalle, then a suitable piss-up at a less expensive venue.
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And wrote most of his stuff in Trieste and Paris.

Somewhere I have a photo of the two of us in Trieste.

Tom
You and James Joyce?
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On Toms 30th birthday no doubt
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Is this some kind of cruel joke? You don't really look like a teddy bear do you?
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Re: Is there a strong connection between your 'back' home and where you live in CH?

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Just found a photo of the first ever travel agency in the world- in Leicester.

By the Clock Tower, at the bottom of Gallowtree Gate- now a Foot Locker shop (previously Ravel) - the frieze depicting the whole story, from his first picinic in Loughborough by train from Leicester, for the Temperance society, in 1843 - is still there. Shame to few people look up at buildings these days, instead of the shop windows or their phone

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...7668000&type=3
You have to remember that the UK had exchange controls until 1979, so unless you prepaid to a travel agent you could only take £600 out of the country per person. It's why the rich did not leave due to high taxation, they could leave but without their money.
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Re: Is there a strong connection between your 'back' home and where you live in CH?

Not as high brow as some connections, but my house in Wigan is just in earshot of Wigan RLFC's ground. Since Tina Turner did a promo video for Rugby League back in 1990, 'Simply The Best' has been played at every Wigan home game. It's their anthem and the title of a new book about the club. I now live just down the road from Tina.

I've long given up answering peoples' usual "What's it like where you live?" question with anything other than "I live on the same street as Tina Turner", which guarantees an "OMG WTF!!!!" reaction
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Just found a photo of the first ever travel agency in the world- in Leicester.
One of the first. Certainly not the first.

The village in which we live in Glarnerland has no direct connection with my home village, but it has a similar spirit: used to be industrial, but isn't any more; lots of trees nearby; nobody has any money; people are friendly with a wickedly straight-faced sense of humour.

It's the main reason I like living here. Apart from having a spectacular view of the Alps, of course.
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Is this some kind of cruel joke? You don't really look like a teddy bear do you?
Are you talking now to the one on the left, or the cute one on the right?
(might be time to get that foil hat ready and prepared).
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Old 31.07.2017, 18:56
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Is this some kind of cruel joke? You don't really look like a teddy bear do you?
Tom looks like an older, shorter version of my ex husband
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Are you talking now to the one on the left, or the cute one on the right?
(might be time to get that foil hat ready and prepared).
I was referring to the one which looks to be a cross between Grizzly Adams and Winnie the Pooh.
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Not quite in the same league as you all...

My Swiss father came to London as a student (promising engineering carreer with IBM), and then suddenly I was there.

As both parents are long deceased, have to ask myself whether my toddler (happy) years spent in Brixton had a background, but guess will never know:

The London district of Brixton, one of the capital’s poorer neighbourhoods: in the midst of a 1960s housing estate is a pub called “The Hero of Switzerland”, the sign showing the iconic scene in which William Tell aims his crossbow at an apple on his son’s head. The building is modern but stands on a site used for a pub of that name since at least 1901.
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Thomas Cook had an office in Market Harborough at first, but not an agency as such. And he then had one near Granby Street- but the one on Gallowtree Gate is, as far as I know, the first ever travel agency in the whole wide world.

If not- I'd love to have a link, thanks.

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Thomas Cook had an office in Market Harborough at first, but not an agency as such. And he then had one near Granby Street- but the one on Gallowtree Gate is, as far as I know, the first ever travel agency in the whole wide world.

If not- I'd love to have a link, thanks.
Cox and King's certainly predates Thomas Cook in the United Kingdom, but the notion of an agent to arrange passage and accommodation for travellers in advance was not even new when they began their operations in the 18th century.

The English didn't invent everything, you know!
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I was referring to the one which looks to be a cross between Grizzly Adams and Winnie the Pooh.
Grizzly the Pooh?
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Mr. Cox was born in Yorkshire in 1718.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cox_%2...2C_the_founder
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