The airline departure lounge at Heathrow. Next to us a young English football player and his wife. In the thirty minutes waiting for their flight no less than 17 people ask the footballer for his autograph. 4 foul mouthed Englishmen ( clearly not believers that a gentleman should only swear on the rugby pitch or when under direct enemy fire), 4 even more drunken Italians, a South African couple " could you just sign these for our children ? ", two Americans, two Japanese, three ( exceedingly polite ) Germans and an apologetic older couple who want something to give their grandson. So Wayne, and Colleen, I have to take my hat off to you both for your patience and well mannered acceptance of constant boorishness. Not even the riches of Croesus could possibly compensate for the complete loss of privacy that fame brings.
Pancakes.How difficult is it to make pancakes ? They are a culinary adventure too far for the breakfast kitchen at the fancy hotel by Boston Harbor. Great big thick things appear , Gooey and undercooked in the middle. By contrast the pancakes at the Taj Hotel on Boston common are perfect. Pipping hot, light, fluffy and no relation to Ms.Betty Crocker. The best in the world ? Angus is happy. ' The font ' has oatmeal.
Dinner at a restaurant in Boston . A man arrives and tethers his two dogs to a tree. He then sits at an outside table a few feet away from them, chatting happily to his guests. Shortly after three goldens arrive and are tied to an adjacent tree. By the end of the evening there are eleven dogs asleep on the sidewalk, all looked over, all well behaved. We strongly approve .
Deepest Maine. A furniture maker on Route 1 north of Rockport. Exactly the same style of breakfast table and chairs that I sat on as a child in Scotland . Hand made and at a price that's reasonable. Who would believe that such craftsmanship still existed in the North East ?