Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,
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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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