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And so it begins – Stratford and the visit that got me started. The weather was bad, and this place was dreadful, but the RSC across the river was just as great view as I had hoped it would be. Like any good tourist, I snapped my photos and mady my exist filled with dizzying sense of bewilderment.

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The birth house in the town centre. Only slightly less depressing…

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…than Anne Hathaway’s cottage and its “courting bench” on which Shakespeare used to sit before he knocked her up and was forced to marry her.

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The room Shakespeare was born in, and the floor he walked on.

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I did love Phillip Sutton’s colourful 1988 portrait of Shakespeare though.

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