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What’s New

Live poetry (including mine), music, comedy, fiction and nonfiction performances at the Grand Showcase coming July 27-28.

Results of the poetic efforts previously described.

Exposing the soft underbelly of the poet and putting her Poetic Feet to the Fire

A 2nd E. M. Forster novel read and reviewed! I’m really enjoying his work. Just finished Howards End and recently A Passage to India. A Room with a View, here I come!

Every Friday for a while, this blog celebrated English phraseology in sets of 5, making 40 posts in all. Collected here exclusively are the 5 Five-Phrase Fridays about Outlander. Happy World Outlander Day (June 1) 2018!

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Arts & travel


Outlander STARZ TV series, Outlander book series

Scotland because Outlander because . . . Scotland

An Outlander Tourist in Scotland: The Complete Series

An Outlander Tourist in Scotland, Part 1introduction and Central Lowlands filming sites (Edinburgh and environs), featuring the STARZ show’s Fort William, Castle Leoch, Crainsmuir, 1940s/1960s Inverness, and Lallybroch

An Outlander Tourist in Scotland, Part 2Central Lowlands filming sites continued (Glasgow and environs), featuring the show’s L’Hôpital des Anges and the Bois du Boulogne of Paris, exterior for Culloden House, Outlander Studios in Cumbernauld (sets for most interiors), and some in the Southern Uplands such as Reverend Wakefield’s house and the Duke of Sandringham’s second home

An Outlander Tourist in Scotland, Part 3introduction to the Highlands plus Highland filming and book sites from Perthshire & Glencoe northward, including the show’s Craigh na Dun, the real Fort William, Loch Ness, landmarks of the Frasers of Lovat and the Mackenzies, and Culloden Battlefield

An Outlander Tourist in Scotland, Part 4our planning process and sample itineraries, all that went into making our trip great

Review: Slainte Scotland Outlander Tour + Outlander Tourism Resourcesall about our Outlander day tour and all you need to plan your own, including a list of 40 book and filming sites used as of late 2017

An Outlander Tourist in Scotland, Part 6a comprehensive, experience-based travel guide to visiting Scotland and the UK

Arts & literature


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Wild (and not-so-wild) nature

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