Who am I?

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Obviously, my name is Paul Buckingham.
I practised as a solicitor, mainly in connection with commercial matters and tax, until I retired in 2003.


Although much of life as a solicitor concerns admin, you do get to use your grey matter on most days. When I retired, I thought that I should keep my brain reasonably active and so decided to indulge one of my long-time interests - philosophy.

I joined a philosophy discussion group and I also started to put down in writing some of the ideas that had been going round in my head for some time. The results are under the heading 'Philosophy'. They're pretty straightforward and don't assume any academic knowledge of philosophy to understand.

About a year later, I decided to try to learn Italian. In connection with that, I now write essays in Italian - with more or less success - for discussion during the lessons. The English versions are on this web-site under the heading 'A Point of View'. They deal with life, the universe and everything.  My Italian teacher, Professor Letizia Gramaglia of Warwick University is, fortunately, very patient.  She also tells me when she thinks my ideas don't make as much sense as they should! Some of the (corrected) Italian versions are also on this site.

  My retirement party

I live with my wife, Heather, in a small country town in Warwickshire which, fortunately, is within a reasonable distance both of Stratford and Birmingham, so that we have relatively easy access to the theatre, concerts and the opera.

For a long time, Heather and I have been involved with France in one way or another (originally through our twinning association). We now have a number of friends there and speak French reasonably well - despite very unpromising starts at school for both of us!


We are fortunate to be able to go over and spend time in our apartment in Annecy, France. Annecy is in the Alps and takes its name from Lake Annecy (or vice versa). The lake is about 8 miles long and 1 mile wide. We first came across the town, the administrative centre for the Haute Savoie, when we visited it as part of the first outing (in 1983) from our French twin town - Chasssieu. It has a beautiful town centre which dates back to the middle ages.

For the French it is a very popular holiday destination as it is very pretty and well located. It has canals running through it and you can take cruises on the lake. On the other side of the lake are the Alps. Mont Blanc is just over an hour away. There are various attractive towns and villages (and restaurants) around the lake and in the mountains.

The photos on this site are mainly of various parts of Annecy and the lake.  If you wish to use any of the photos for non-commercial purposes, then that is not a problem, but I reserve my moral rights in them.

My e-mail address is paul@paulbuckingham.com and I should be pleased to hear from you.

Paul Buckingham

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