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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson is a view of Britain from an American point of view (he now has dual citizenship). In typical Bill Bryson fashion, the book is a mixture of history, current events, and a travel guide, written with sarcasm, wit and humor.
He talks about his path to British citizenship (the test and helpful literature was peppered with inaccurate historical events and spelling mistakes), the demise of some iconic seaside towns, due to affordable continental travel and the Chunnel, and out of the way villages where ramblers might share a path with a bull or herd of cows.
One village he came across was once slated to be destroyed as part of a design plan by Geoffrey Jellicoe which he called Motopia, ironically a pedestrian-only village where cars traveled on roads built on top of the houses (Mr. Jellicoe emphasized that the house ceilings would be sufficiently insulated to avoid noise from overhead traffic!). It was scrapped (thank goodness) because of the enormous cost to develop.

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