Buxton is a delightful place to spend time. We are staying in the Derby University Halls of Residence, right near the town center, so we're close to everything. There are several major supermarkets, at least two chocolatiers, and forty-two million eateries, all within walking distance.
The Festival has brought a lot of people here. Nowhere else would I be walking along, minding my own business, and suddenly overhear someone referring to Princess Ida. Quite an odd feeling, that... The flip-side is, we have a good chance of playing to a full house!!
England versus Australia. To be sure, there are differences; but everything's so amazingly similar that it's actually possible to enumerate specific differences - for instance, UK power points are built umop apisdn, with the earth on top; and the aural notification that the pedestrian lights are green is reminiscent of the level crossing warning tones, so it makes me think "stop" rather than "go". By and large, though, most things are highly similar. There is hardly more difference between Melbourne and Buxton than between Melbourne and some of the country towns in Victoria. I've found England a most pleasant place to visit - wish we were here for longer, but there's no way that that's an option now.