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In Search of Sir Francis Drake
by Kathryn Gillett, Elizabethan England on Britannia
The British Pub
All over the Country
After saying goodbye to the Cotswolds, we got off the M4 around Slough, and booked a room in a restful farmhouse bed and breakfast. Once we'd gotten settled, we walked down the road to a pub for dinner. As Lawrence opened the door, he heard something familiar inside. "Oh, no." he said looking straight at me with a concerned and apologetic face. "What is it?" I asked earnestly. His expression deepened when he said, "It's Quiz Night."
And so it was that I experienced a uniquely British evening. If you haven't experienced Quiz Night, I apologize, but it is an experience beyond the scope of this article to adequately explain. The best I can do is to describe it as an evening of British Trivial Pursuits meets Karaoke. Whatever your imagination comes up with won't be too far off.
The next morning, Lawrence and I said our farewells at Heathrow. I stood outside the car, brisk winter wind whipping my face, watching him haul his luggage toward the terminal. A feeling of dismay rose in me as I saw him go. This was a moment I had dreaded - it was my turn to drive.
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