Welcome to the world of the Vincent D'Onofrio obsessed - and a bit of real life thrown in.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
I persuaded my friend, who quite likes Vincent, and was visiting for the evening, that we should celebrate Vincent's birthday by watching Naked Tango. She enjoyed it, but at least as much for the costumes and atmosphere as the sexy man himself. I've never really noticed them...
Sorry, Eliza, I'd posted this photo before realising it was one of yours. I hope you will forgive me, as it was in such a good cause.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
The old Royal Observatory has been little more than a museum for years. The current observatory is at Herstmonceux in Sussex. Fans of Longitude might like to know that John Harris's famous clocks are displayed in the museum.
The Royal Naval College has become part of the University of Greenwich. Under the right-hand tower is the Painted Hall. King Charles II and William and Mary had the buildings erected by Wren and Hawksmoor on the site of the Tudor Greenwich Palace. The vista between the wings is breathtaking when viewed straight on, with The Queen's House perfectly placed between them. Here you can see it from an angle. It was built by Inigo Jones for James I's Queen, Anne of Denmark, but later completed for Charles I's wife Henrietta Maria. It is flanked by colonnades leading to other parts of what is now the National Maritime Museum.
Viewed from the hill on the other side, the view would be equally spectacular, but for the development on the Isle of Dogs opposite with hideous skyscrapers such as the Canary Wharf tower.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
My cousin George is the life and soul of the family. He's pictured here with my cousin Joyce at her daughter's wedding last August. It was a great family occasion.
He's led a blameless life, a hardworking non-smoker who'd rather have a pint of tea than a pint of beer. He always loved steamrollers and steam engines, and has rebuilt Land Rovers and old army vehicles over the years. Now he has found out that more than 40 years ago, in one of the hard physical jobs he has done in a lifetime of work, he inhaled asbestos, and now has an asbestos related lung tumour. He's about to undergo radiotherapy. The doctors have not committed themselves to a prognosis.
I don't have faith in a god, but if any of you do, please pray for him. He deserves a long and fruitful old age.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
The only person to enter through Traitor's Gate, by boat on the River Thames, and come out alive, was ELizabeth I.
Traitor's Gate, with tudor buildings above.
It is said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower, England will fall, so the birds are pinioned to stop them flying away. They have lovely aviaries to keep them safe at night, and dedicated keepers to pander to their every whim. They all have names.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Here continueth the history lesson. Lancaster is an ancient town in the north-west of England. As the name suggests, it dates back to Roman times. The huge castle gate is named after one of the early dukes of Lancaster, John of Gaunt. In the mid1970s the Birmingham bomb trials took place in the castle, because it was regarded as a very secure location (no transporting prisoners from jail to the courtroom). In the seventeenth century, the Lancashire witches were incarcerated here prior to trial. During the tour you can be locked in one of the dungeons. With the door shut there is NO LIGHT whatsoever. Scary.
The Priory is 14th century and is in a beautiful setting next to the castle. The train station is amazing. A Victorian confection, it has battlements! Other highlights include Atkinson's, a tea and coffee emporium which is impossible to pass by when the aroma wafts out. As far as I know it still contains the old apothcary type jars.
In the 1960s a plate-glass university was built on Bailrigg Hill just outside the town. This is where I spent my student days, lounging on hillsides watching the wildlife. Or lounging in the copious bars quaffing ale. You decide which is true...
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