After my technology transfer breakfast, I went back to my room, packed and checked out of the hotel, and then headed out for a walk. I first braved the crowds and stopped at Boots to pick up a couple things. From there I went on to Blackwell’s, because… well, it’s a huge bookstore. (There’s a Caffe Nero on the first floor of Blackwell’s, but they makes Starbucks’ over-roasted coffee seem like a light refreshing brew.)

I wandered downstairs to what’s (accurately) called the basement, only to discover that the “basement” occupies about half the block, and seems to stretch under the Balliol College gardens. It was very cool.

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I picked up a copy of Donald Braden’s and Susan Greenfield’s latest books, then wandered over to the Bodleian Library, and around the Radcliffe Camera and St Mary’s Church.

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After that I got some lunch. I never had the hearty English breakfast that I usually start the day with when I’m here, so I had to have some fish and chips to make up for it.

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After lunch I walked around New College and their very nice gardens.

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The last place I stopped was Hereford College. It turned out that they were filming an episode of Antiquities Roadshow.

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There were a lot of cops there. I wonder, are they there because people try to front stolen goods there? Because antique collectors are an especially violent lot? I never found out.

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