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April 2008

Douai Abbey and the Lost Property Office

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Ashridge has kindly granted me a study break to catch up on my PhD, which I am taking at Douai Abbey. Spring is sneaking out around the Abbey, with star-shaped daffodils and shy blossom wherever I look. Our meals here are silent, and over lunch and supper we are read to. At the moment we are working our way through Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa, from which I have learned about the vital role volcanoes play in our biosphere. Today I am reading about philosophy, from Pythagoras to Wittgenstein (the Carlisle Red Cross charity shop was kind enough to sell me Anthony Kenny’s marvellous A Brief History of Western Philosophy for 50p – a fitting reward to mark the end of our walk along Hadrian’s Wall). Read More