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Yesterday, I added another string to the bow of cultural institutions that I support. This time it was Oxford Botanic Gardens (plus, for an extra couple of quid, the Arboretum at Nuneham Courtney).

This is a case of spending to save. My favourite activity is sitting in cafés and trying to blend into the background whilst thinking great thoughts, writing and/or updating my Facebook profile. The problem is that you still have to buy a cup of coffee.

With the BG, you can sit out in the sunshine (Oxford is very short of places where you can sit outside) and bring your own food and drink. And they’ve got baby squirrels – really cute ones.