Radiating Bananas

Hi. Welcome. It's a lovely May morning here in Robin Hood Land.


I haven't been here for a while - was visiting number 2 son and family in Scotland.  More about that in a later post. What I want to share today is the surprising news that bananas emit radiation! It's true! The information was imparted to me this morning be a radiologist as she manipulated my arthritic left knee and took various images. I had expressed concern at the number of x-rays that I have submitted to over the years and her riposte was that we get a higher does from a long-haul flight (I flew 14 hours to  Singapore in November!) and that bananas emit radiation. I eat at least one banana a day, sometimes two. I looked for more information.  The good news is that we would need to eat lots of bananas to have an adverse effect. Check out the link to Forbes for more information.

A Visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace

The U3A Out and About group recently embarked on a coach trip to Stratford-upon-Avon.The weather was perfect, which meant that my companion and I were able to take a tour of the area on the open-top bus.

We drove through the old town out to Shottery (Ann Hathaway's cottage) and then on to Wilmcote (his mother's home). After returning to the town we strolled along the lovely riverside walk, ate lunch in The Other Place; and explored Holy Trinity Church, where the only authenticated image of our national bard has pride of place. Apparently, when the bust of him was mounted, after his death, Ann Hathaway (his wife, not the actress of the same name) confirmed that it looked like him. Shakespeare was christened and buried in Holy Trinity Church. Even is you are not a Shakespeare fan, the church is worth visiting to see the glorious windows. At first glance you might believe, like me, that they are stained glass. But a guide pointed out to me that in places the paint has faded from some of the the glass.

Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church

Shakespeare's Birthplace
Stratford-upon-Avon is not just about Shakespeare. It is a delightful ancient market town with lots to interest visitors. Here's a picture of the river Avon, taken from the terrace of the RSC, where we were taking a tea break.