Monthly Archives: October 2014

VIRGIN GALACTIC

SPACE IS VIRGIN TERRITORY In the heart of London’s “Clubland” on Pall Mall is the booking office for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, just a hundred yards down from the Reform Club (where Phineas Fogg made his famous bet to … Continue reading

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DORSET SQUARE, LONDON

DORSET HOUSE I lived in Dorset House for a couple of months back in the late 80’s. Dark and gloomy, I couldn’t get out of the place fast enough. Today flats go in excess of a million pounds. Go figure!! … Continue reading

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SAD DAY IN OTTAWA

A terrorist  atrocity was committed in Ottawa today on Parliament Hill. CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL, OTTAWA Canadian War Memorial at night with Parliament Buildings in the background.  REMEMBRANCE DAY, CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL A soldier stands on  guard at the Canadian War Memorial … Continue reading

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CHESTER, CHESHIRE

Lovely Chester is the historic county town of Cheshire. CHESTER CATHEDRAL CHESTER HIGH STREET Throngs of shoppers on a busy Saturday afternoon.  WALLED CITY Chester’s medieval wall with Roman ruins in front right.

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RUNNYMEDE, SURREY

MAGNA CARTA MONUMENT During my recent trip to  London, I made a pilgrimage hike out to Runnymede despite ISIS threats to the London transport system. Next year will be the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta Libertatum.  MEMORIAL … Continue reading

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HIKING IN CHESHIRE

A CIVILIZED PASSTIME  CHESHIRE SCENERY ALPACA Not your grandfather’s livestock!! THE CAT & FIDDLE The Cat and Fiddle is the second highest pub in Britain.  It is situated on the western fringes of Cheshire in the Peak District National Park. … Continue reading

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LAKE VYRNWY, MONTGOMERYSHIRE, WALES

LAKE VYRNWY DAM Lake Vyrnwy in mid Wales  is the water supply reservoir for the English city of Liverpool.  The impressive Victorian dam which makes this possible was completed in 1888. LAKE VYRNWY Lake Vyrnwy is a designated nature reserve … Continue reading

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CHIRK CASTLE

CHIRK CASTLE GARDENS On a recent hiking trip in Wales,  I was fortunate to drop by this magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches. CHIRK CASTLE LAWN Croquet anyone?? Despite the heavily overcast weather and the lack of a tripod, … Continue reading

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TOWER OF LONDON MEMORIAL

“BLOOD SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED” During a visit to London last week, I managed to take in the moving “Last Post” ceremony at the Tower of London. An artistic floral tribute of ceramic poppies is being laid in … Continue reading

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