Mechanical

Unwanted time off from LJ

Update: I should really whip out the GIMP and make him straighten out all of these photos for me, but I'm both busy and tired and that's a lot of photos.

Update 2: This also alters social plans for a while as there's only one set of keys to the flat I'll be staying in ...

This might be my last photo entry for a while as I'm unsure of my 'net access for a while. I still haven't heard back about my flat, so tomorrow night I'll be crashing at my friend Paul's flat on a nice, comfy airbed. OK, so it won't be comfy, but it's a hell of a lot better than under a bridge.



Paul had to go to Lancaster on Sunday to pick up some stuff from his old flat, so I went along for the ride. If you've seen photos of England's countryside before, then the using stone walls in stead of fences to separate fields won't surprise you.

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While I got out to take the shot, Paul was horrified to discover a spot of dust on his Celica.

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Yeah, that's what an Englishman looks like.

When we got to his flat, I couldn't help but notice the old stone house across the street. Virtually all houses are made of stone, brick, or concrete. Wood is nary to be seen. It really makes for a refreshing change from US architecture.

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Along the way, I took a picture of the bay there. It looks suspiciously like an Oregon coastal town, but with older buildings.

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What I really enjoyed, though, was Lancaster Castle.

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And yes, I was really there (I hate photos of me. They show my gut and they always look posed -- though that's because they are.)

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And then walking around the castle ...

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And Paul contemplating suicide.

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But what's this as we walk further around?

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Yup, that's barbed wire. Seems this gorgeous old castle is being used as a prison! What a damned shame.

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Fortunately the rest of the view was a bit more pleasant.

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And the adjacent priory was nice.

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But I also appreciated the narrow, winding streets paved with brick or cobblestones. You see this all over England.

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We drove home through the moors (and got lost at one point) and I caught a photo of the fog rolling in.

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But you might think it a bit odd that I took a photo of a phone booth.

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Or a photo of Paul in it.

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If you look closely, it says "Dunsop Bridge at the centre of Great Britain". Apparently British Telecom thought that a phone booth in the exact geographic center (er, centre) of Britain was just the way to make tourists flock there. Well, they got me at least.

I might add that the photos of the castle were only of the castle's keep. The rest of the castle was apparently torn down years ago after some seiges upon it. I couldn't really tell everything which happened because damned graffiti "artists" thought that the information signs made a great canvas.

Now I think it's time for me to relax. I think I'll go hit a pub and enjoy my new book. It's got excitement, passion, and an £8.99 price tag. It's a book on chaos theory. I'm such a dork.
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"I think The Gimp's sleepin'."

"Well, I guess you'll just have to go wake him up now, won't you?"
Yeah, I'm enjoying it. The writer's got a good style, but it also depends upon whether or not you like that sort of thing.
I find it interesting in that one picture of the front of Lancaster Castle you have the new modern car against the old historical castle. I mean when that thing was built it was horses and now you can see it with cars. Funny :)

I wish we had more narrow, cobblestone streets here in the US.
To be honest, cobbled streets are just annoying. They're a pain to walk on, wheeled traffic is VERY noisy on them, and they attract swarms of damned tourists who get in my way.
Not to mention the fact that they're a heck of a lot more expensive to maintain. When doing road work, I've seen stacks of bricks on the sides of roads with workers carefully scraping each brick clean before putting it back into place. That's very labor-intensive (labour?) and definitely sucks down a lot of government money.

They sure are pretty, though.
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Sounds like you need a t-shirt that says "If it's tourist season, why can't I shoot them?" LOL This is saucee/Gayle, Ovids sister. I can't sign into my own account for some reason but oh well!
I believe the whole point is to discourage wheeled traffic unless you really, really need to drive through. And if you do, you go slowly.
Nah, it's to make the place look primitive^Wquaint and make the tourists go "ooh". It worked on Ovid :-) There are other better ways of discouraging and slowing traffic, such as road tolls (in use in London and Durham, and presumably other places too) and by making the space for vehicles narrower (Monaco Grand Prix) and adding chicanes (like at other Grand Prix circuits).
ohhhh, fabulous pics. and you know, they only show your 'gut' because you wear baggy-ish shirts. ps, your friend is cute. nice sideburns.

xo,j
I really like the last picture as well as the one with the fog. Both of those are artistically very cool. =)
You know, I threw out a lot of pics because they just didn't work. I really wish I had more time and a better camera.
well, you're right that it's not your gut that we're all so interested in!

:-)

chaos theory, eh?? heheh it would be fun to discuss the mysterious nature of our indeterminate universe (but to REALLY get into it, I'm afraid there are no words! maybe we could telepathically communicate in images.....)


when god decided to invent
everything he took one
breath bigger than a circustent
and everything began

when man determined to destroy
himself he picked the was
of shall and finding only why
smashed it into because

-- e.e. cummings
Heh. Naughty girl (not that I complain).

Most folks find that discussing with me the nature of the universe is very irritating because I'm very much a "what is there to eat?" type of person. In other words, I tend to focus on "what is" and "what could be" rather than "gosh, my horoscope said" and "my third power chakra tells me that other universes are..."

While the latter is more compelling to many people, I break it down into "if it can't be measured (God, for example), then it's religion" and I don't find that a very interesting discussion because it's little more than a flight of fancy (which is not to say that it's untrue!). The interesting bit is "if it can be measured, measure it." That's much more interesting to me because rather than flights of fancy or "gut feelings", we can be to at least attempt to gain a better understanding of the world around us rather than guess.

In short, I'm more Carl Sagan than Deepak Chopra (the latter of whom, like many cultural leaders, is an astonishing hypocrite and I have little respect for him).
you're hot. more pictures of you posed by beautiful english stuff.