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Market face

  • October 21, 2017

Brief walk around the UN Heritage site for tat (Theppasit Market) with she who must be obeyed before being rewarded with some adequate street food. PEN-F, Nocticon, ISO up to 1600 and JPEGs straight out of the camera. On the way back to the car park there was a unit being renovated, interesting lines and dots.

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Number one photography killer

  • October 19, 2017

Facebook is mainly a pile of wank; but if you want to see what your ex-colleagues from work had for lunch, there is nowhere else to go. The quality of the already mainly dire content is further reduced by the increased frequency of sponsored posts, none of which I want to see; like this one: If I take the quiz I can apparently find what's holding me back in my…

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Dover soul

  • October 18, 2017

In my teenage years I was required to undertake the study of Latin. The teacher was Mister Ecclesford, a foul-tempered creature, awash with chalk dust and vitriol, who believed that a knowledge of Latin was an essential grounding for young men. I didn't, and my lack of enthusiasm soon had me demoted to the "General Classics" class. where we studied Greek and Roman literature, including a few books in Latin…

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By their flags shall you know them.

  • October 17, 2017

Kent has more castles than Poundland shops, so we decided to visit two of them. The first was Leeds Castle and the blurb sounded promising. "...More than 1,000 years....Catherine of Aragon....King Edward 1st" etc. etc. But the reality was that there is little left of the original structures and the interior reflected the design tastes of an American heiress a mere one hundred years ago; which is no better than…

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Artisan oysters and hot dogs

  • October 9, 2017

Thanks to my exemplary planning, we arrived in the UK on a Bank Holiday weekend. My default position was that we would lie low in The Son's house till it was over, but, hey, we were on holiday so let's go out and see what the Brits get up to on a long weekend. Our first visit was to Hampton Court where a food festival was being held. If a…

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Museum of Victorian Science

  • October 8, 2017

There are many reasons to visit the North York Moors. For me, it was a chance, once again, to tramp across open land with the feel of heather beneath my feet; an activity I used to indulge in frequently when I lived in the area. Indeed, I can recall the completion of the forty mile Lyke Wake Walk across the moors as bringing both a sense of achievement, and complete…

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The Lake District

  • October 6, 2017

This was an area of England I very much wanted to revisit; and show to my wife. The world of Alfred Wainwright; the peaks, the fells, the magnificent bodies of water. Such beauty, so many photo opportunities. Upon arrival we headed for Orest Head, where spectacular views are to be had. And this was the view: Yes, it was raining; and it rained continuously for the two days of our…

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Rub Bua Festival

  • October 5, 2017

Rub Bua, the festival of receiving the lotus flower, is an annual event in Bang Phli where people bombard a float with lotuses (loti?). My cultural adviser tells me it used to be called Yon Bua, throwing the lotus; but presumably "receiving" sounds more spiritual. The advice from Richard Barrow, who knows about these things, was to go early to get a good viewing spot. As the event started at…

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