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January 6, 2019

Blackpool Tower in Lancashire was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Opened to the public in  May 1894 it is 518 feet tall, contains 2,493 tons of steel and 93 tons of cast iron. Each of the four legs of the Tower rest on concrete foundations 35 feet square and 12...

October 14, 2018

Came across this in Lucerne, Switzerland. It is a memorial to Swiss soldiers. They fought and died for what they believed was right and people are rightly proud of them. It was very moving to see and we stood quietly and respectfully thinking about the noble sacrifice...

June 6, 2018

The idea of living in a tiny castle on a tiny island in a huge loch can sound appealing. We might  sit in front of our laptop or in traffic or listening to a demanding boss or partner or baby, longing to get away and be left in splendid, peaceful isolation. It is delig...

May 15, 2018

I'd never been to Malta. I knew virtually nothing about the island. Recently, I went there for a week. It was such a fascinating place. Yes, this is the famous Blue Lagoon on the nearby tiny island of Comino. It was truly beautiful. Yet, what will stay with me is not s...

March 1, 2018

We've been hearing all week about the beast from the East. Now, we are awaiting a storm, perhaps a lout from the South. Who knows what pest from the West might follow and how will we decide what to call any icy blast that may come from the North? I love a good headline...

February 13, 2018

Have you noticed how people have recently begun to start their sentences with 'So'? If you ask them a question concerning just about anything they will launch into, 'So, it had been raining all day...So, he rang me and ... So, I told my boss... So,we need to be there o...

January 13, 2018

Well, if someone wanted to use a lyric from my song as a title for their book, I would be delighted and take it as a compliment. Now, I get that the one who wrote the fabulous lyric should be recognised, but if they say 'yes by all means go ahead', shouldn't that be en...

November 30, 2017

 If you had been with me the day I visited Cordoba, Spain, and stood outside the mosque cathedral, you would never forget it. Inside the most gloriously built 10th century mosque was an extremely ornate, Gothic, renaissance Catholic church. It was an amazing sight. The...

October 8, 2017

You can write lots of fluffy blogs about flowers, beaches, even babies. You can share photos of smiling people, sunny days, wonderful scenes. Yet no one really knows what is really going on behind the somewhat anonymous words published and the carefully posed selfies....

August 25, 2017

This is the Parthenon. It towers on the top of the Acropolis and dominates Athens. Was it built to glorify man through his gods or the gods through man? It is statement of democracy and the might of Greece some 500 years BC (I think). Through the upheavals of history a...

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January 6, 2019