Mrs Didactophobe and I have returned from a few days visiting Salisbury and Bath. I have a theory about Stonehenge, you know. I suspect that it was the neolithic equivalent of the Millennium Dome. 4000 years ago, people would have been saying "What a waste of money. All that work for a pile of stones sitting in the middle of nowhere. I bet that in 4000 years' time they still won't have put a roof on it."
Salisbury Cathedral is quite spectacular. One interesting point I noticed was the number of descendants of the brother of the bishop (Richard Poore) who founded the 'new' cathedral back in 1220 who have memorials there. The family seems to have remained eminent in the area for nearly 800 years. Another name was instantly familiary: Ted Heath's ashes were interred there.
If you are looking for an Indian restaurant in Salisbury, you could do worse than 'The Asia' in Fisherton Street. A good meal; friendly but unobtrusive service and about £30 for two fat people including drinks.
Longleat Safari Park was a fine place to visit, too. The monkeys are just too much like chavs, though. Seriously. You look at those creatures and you can just picture them in a white tracksuit and cap cheerfully ripping your car apart: well, the monkeys are just as bad.
The pussy cats were brilliant, of course. We saw three tigers and two prides of lions. One pride of lions were particularly funny. A group of lionesses were lounging around as Mr Leo approached. One of them rolled over on her back playfully, but he walked past her and kissed one of the others. Mr Leo then turned back to the one who had rolled over for him, but this time she was having none of it. She cuffed him with her paw and walked away from the pride to sit on her own under a tree. What was I saying about chavs?
Bath was terrific, too. A beautiful town where apparently a lot of famous stars such as Elton John and Hugh Grant own property. Out of interest, we glanced in the window of two estate agents. In the first, there were several fairly ordinary properties costing £1 million plus: in the second, we spotted a one-bedroomed flat that would have cost us (assuming we were to move there) about as much as we could expect to make on our 3 bedroomed suburban house. We'll stay put.
On the second evening of our trip, we ate at the Curry Garden Tandoori in Andover. Another restaurant I would recommend. About the same price as the other; an excellent meal and a 660ml botte of chilled Cobra beer (OK, I had two) for about the same price as a pint of lager. Anyway, after all of that we need to slim!