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We spent the last five days up east, on Saturday we wandered round Cambridge during the day, visiting the usual places (The Haunted Bookshop, the Fitzwilliam) and also a book fair where I picked up some stereographs. I've got four of the ruins of Samara and other places. They were £2 which seemed fair although another stall was charging twice that. I also got to handle a copy of the Yellow Book (£450), illustrated by Beardsley. Too rich for me but it was lovely to see.

After hanging out with akonken, jholloway et al and their impressive new cocktail cabinet, we walked back to our digs. We've done a fair amount of walking round Cambridge at night, including a torchless wander across the Fens at Halloween.

The next day we caught the train to Norwich, a provincial city, possibly the most eastern in the UK. It's a funny place because it's a long way from any big cities and so has a large catchment area. Perhaps this is why it has so many bookshops, many of them second hand. I think I bought a good three dozen pieces of Thirties ephemera, including a marvellous travelogue of three flights, to the South Pole, the North Pole and the jungles of the Yucatan, found by chilledchimp who may have got a bit bored of the odour of old paper.

It was an entertaining four days with plenty of old buildings, dragons, dungeons and castles. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone.


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(no subject) - akonken - Feb. 24th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
I like Cambridge, and it's always lovely to see you. Thanks for a good party!
Feb. 24th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
"possibly the most eastern in the UK"

I think that's correct. It's more easterly than Canterbury, and none of the other places further out are counted as cities.

It is quite isolated, isn't it? My family comes from East Anglia and I've only ever been to Norwich twice.
Feb. 24th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
possibly the most eastern in the UK

Definitely, by quite a way. I guess Canterbury would be next in, as Ipswich isn't a city (much to its chagrin).

I think something over half the population of Norfolk live in Norwich. It's like the Paris of East Anglia…
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