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Amazing things you find when researching for a book. In this case, I found an item on the Greek bean (broad bean), from Dioscorides and translated by John Goodyer in 1655:

The Greeke beane is windy, flatulent, hard of digestion, causing troublesomme dreames; yet good for the Cough, & breeding flesh being in ye midst of hott and cold. Being sod with Oxymel, and eaten with the shucks, it stayes dysenteries and the fluxes of the Coeliaci, and being eaten it is good against vomiting. But it is made lesse flatulent, if the first water in which it was sod be cast away: but the green is worse for ye stomach and more windie.

One of my grandsons:

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I haven’t been there for a while, but I am off to one of my favourite places in the world for a few days on my bicycle for some winter riding.

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With a low key announcement on their website, Midnight Oil tells they are back after a fifteen year break. It looks like there will be a world tour in 2017. This is one the great bands, full of passion and politics and powerful music.

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It all depends on cultural interpretation. This morning, as I was enjoying a walk in a small park under some trees, I felt a spatter of something on my head and shoulders. Is it raining? I wondered. The sky was clear, or as clear as it gets in spring in Beijing. The squawk of a bird above me told me otherwise. It had crapped on me.

Back to my apartment I went, washing my shirt and head, before heading out again. I had arranged to meet some Chinese students on our way to the opening of the Beijing office of the University of Newcastle. They told me that this experience was incredible good luck.

Why? I had received a ‘golden gift from the sky’. When I told them I had experienced, back home, a seagull doing the same thing a couple of months ago, they opined that I am indeed very lucky. I must admit that I am hoping this kind of luck does not become a habit.

I have become used to the relatively high cost of things in Denmark and I always assumed one would never find anything free. However, the other day we were walking through the forest and happened upon this intriguing site:

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I went in to look, finding what we would call a bush camping site (right next to the ancient deer park):

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It sports state-of-the-art grass, forest and … toilets:

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And there’s even a place to warm yourself and cook some food:

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And the best thing of all is that it is free. Next time we’re here we’ll be making the most of this Danish treasure.

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