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Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Joke oak in Stratford

Hall House in Stratford on Avon


A guide inside this museum told us how the exterior of the building (Hall’s House) had been restored to its original glory early last century. He was lying: in Tudor times the exterior would have been whitewashed to hide the wooden beams. It was only during Victorian times that it became popular to display the exterior wooden beams.

Posted by bigblue on 31/07/2007 at 11:13 PM
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Monday, 30 July 2007
The Old Ferry House

The Old Ferry House

This photograph of The Old Ferry House on Waterside Road, Stratford on Avon, shows the water damage on the lower wall caused by the recent floods.

In this week’s New Statesman, Mark Lynas argues:

This is not “a poor summer”. Britain has been experiencing its worst ever climate change event. We must recognise this and our own responsibility for the emerging crisis.

I found another photograph of The Old Ferry House, half way down this page.  On the day I was in Stratford, I couldn’t have taken a photo from that spot - it was under water.  At the end of Lyman’s article he comments that:

Polls show that the general public is still not convinced about the reality of climate change, even as the flood waters rise towards people’s front doors.

The comments on his article reflect the same rather sad reality.

Posted by bigblue on 30/07/2007 at 11:13 PM
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Sunday, 29 July 2007
Cappagh

cappagh


Cappagh is a word derived from the Irish Gaelic word caepach meaning a large tillage plot (of land). This is the very first time I have come across it, and it is somewhat of a surprise to do so on a street sign in Uxbridge, London.

It reminded me of the Welsh traffic sign story in Cambridgeshire, or the Polish traffic sign story in Cheshire. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s as interesting as this: the sign probably belongs to a construction company.

Posted by bigblue on 29/07/2007 at 07:33 PM
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Saturday, 28 July 2007
Shakespeare’s bust

Shakespeare

This is the bust of William Shakespeare which is to be found above his grave in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on Avon. The bust was carved out of Cotswold Stone and placed there in 1623 (a mere 7 years after Shakespeare’s death).  As the bust was commissioned by Anne Hathoway during her lifetime, it is believed that this bust is a good likeness of the bard.

Posted by bigblue on 28/07/2007 at 11:36 PM
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Friday, 27 July 2007
Shakespeare’s grave

Shakespeare's grave

This is the grave of William Shakespeare in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford on Avon. The gravestone reads:

Good Friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here:
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.

There is an onomatopoetic to his name in the verse (“sake” in line 1 and “spares” in line 3), but nobody knows who wrote the epitaph.

Posted by bigblue on 27/07/2007 at 11:32 PM
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Thursday, 26 July 2007
Sick leaf

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Must be something going around. Every leaf on every tree in the vicinity showed severe signs of affliction.

Posted by bigblue on 26/07/2007 at 11:14 PM
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Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Avon in flood

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This is the scene in Stratford on Sunday, of the Avon River in flood. It’s hard to assess the damage if you don’t know what this looked like before.

Posted by bigblue on 25/07/2007 at 11:41 PM
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Blah blah

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Same old story: cars collide on M25 anti-clockwise between Junctions 11 & 10. Two lanes closed while emergency services attend to the scene. Long delays result.

Posted by bigblue on 25/07/2007 at 12:15 AM
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