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Title: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Gyppo on October 26, 2011, 09:55:36 AM
I thought it might be amusing to have a thread where we can post a local picture of two, with an attached tale or comment.  For those of us who like to maintain a certain level of anonymity there's no need to say exactly where the picture was taken.

For example, 'Southern England' is good enough for the one which is going to open this thread ;-)

So if anyone else wants to join in...

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Here's the main street through our village.  Fifty or so years ago this row of shops, and a similar row on the unseen side, were the centre of the community.  Since then it has exploded outwards in all directions, and has several 'centres', each with a fairly distinct community.  But this was where it all started.

Back then there was a butchers, a bakers, a bank, a general store, a cobbler (now a nail bar), and a few other shops to serve the modest needs of the village.  The butcher is still there, same family.  The bank has long gone.  There is a proliferation of take-away food joints which reflects the way the village has become a dormitory area for the nearby towns.

This battered and patched twin lane strip of tarmac was once the main road and countless lorries used to regularly thunder through at night from the docks about six miles away.  Once the bypass - now upgraded to a motorway - was built the through traffic almost vanished.  Now the more savvy use it as an alternative again when the motorway is clogged up.  At busy times the cars are nose to tail

Around fifty years ago I saw the late Donald Campbell's Bluebird - a huge Land Speed Record Car - squeezing through the railway bridge at the far right of this picture.  A lot of people don't believe this story, even when I tell them it was on a trailer, presumably on its way to the Earl's Court Motor Show.
But with no by-pass back then it had no other easy route from the Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

We also used to have one of the longest railway platforms in the country, hugely out of proportion for a small village.  This was one of the major departure points for horses and mules in WW1, and the lengthy platform made it easier to load them up onto the trains after they had all been mustered and checked over as 'fit for war' by Army Vets at a nearby large country estate.   This has long since been partially removed and then swallowed up by nature.  The modern platform - on the far side of the tracks is a pathetic little stub in comparison.  But it's no longer a main railway line either.

Strange how the place has grown in size but lessened in importance.  To many it's nothing more than just a suburb of the nearby town, but to we 'old timer's it's still very much a place in it's own right.  There is a river which clearly divides the two and keeps us away from those vulgar 'townies ;-)

I've lived in other places over the years, but this one has wormed its way into my affections and definitely home.

Left click to enlarge.  

Gyppo

Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 26, 2011, 10:24:25 AM
The population of my village (Phoenix Arizona) is about 1,445,632. and then connected to Phoenix in one big sprawl is another dozen villages almost as large.
http://maps.google.com/maps?pq=how+big+is+phoenix%3F&hl=en&sugexp=kjrmc&cp=11&gs_id=19&xhr=t&q=Phoenix+map&qe=UGhvZW5peCBtYXA&qesig=jtQ4Rn2bFzNDBbuftgZe8g&pkc=AFgZ2tnFobxzVd-iBA_MXkQcJBaM9u0kGMIhFrebt2mgsf7LTNwLsmgseuFq9Php-146C0e3pZgKbtTF0bUb4vnCUXC4A4rHsA&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS308&gs_upl=&biw=1280&bih=892&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x872b12ed50a179cb:0x8c69c7f8354a1bac,Phoenix,+AZ&gl=us&ei=QReoTvSjGvTJsQLSiO2xDw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CDAQ8gEwAA

Here's downtown:

(http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa55/skipknives/Phoenix.jpg)

If you clicked on the link above, this photo was taken near the 'A' in the red bubble, facing south. The mountains seen in the photo are about an inch below the 'A' bubble on the map.  (south mountain) In July, the average daytime temp is 106F In December, the average drops to a freezing 55F.

PS. I think I'd rather live near Gyppo.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Spell Chick on October 26, 2011, 11:42:29 AM
We have a park in my local little town that blooms in spring time. This is a picture from the park.

We are a suburban bedroom community that was the vacation spot for the hoity toity people in the big city trying to get away from the malarial summers by the coast. Apparently it was nicer a bit inland.

Some of our grand old homes are truly grand. The park is a central place for all.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: mudge on October 26, 2011, 12:49:14 PM
This is an excellent idea.!   :D

The place I live (SW US) was built in the early 1900's largely because of the railroad.  It became a hub and over the next 50 years or so expanded rapidly, supporting about twenty outlying towns and villages in the area.  What made the town also killed it.  A once thriving town is now a whistle stop on the way through to other more prosperous places.  All that remains are the tips of jutting bones from an industrial behemoth collapsed under its own weight.  

The train station is now a tourist trap.  Old things come here to die.  An obscure artist (I forget his name ;)) lived in his truck and traveled the desert southwest painting landscapes and selling them as he needed provisions.  He has since passed on, but his caravan remains, a testament to his eccentricity.

 

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Post by: Annmarie on October 26, 2011, 01:47:20 PM
How do you insert an image?
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Post by: 510bhan on October 26, 2011, 01:49:35 PM
Use the 'Additoinal Options' to browse for a picture from your folders. It will appear after you have posted. It must be less than 250kb I think so a 'busy' picture might need to be compressed. ;)
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Gyppo on October 26, 2011, 02:22:45 PM
Thanks to all who have joined in so far.

Sio is right about the size limit.  Even 251k will trigger a 'red refusal' and tell you to resize.  200k is a good target figure and allows some slack.  They may initially look small, but a left click will usually enlarge them for your viewer.

I'm going to start a companion thread 'How to post pictures on the circle'.  This will tell you how I deal with mine, and help prevent you possibly losing/damaging your original pics if this is completely new to you.

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php/topic,39842.new.html#new

But I invite others to drop by and explain their methods, especially resizing, because there's more than one way to skin a cat.  I'm told Windows has some excellent built in tools...  And I'm sure the Mac brigade have their own favourites as well.

Gyppo

Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Gyppo on October 26, 2011, 03:42:17 PM
Skip.

Your 'village' send shivers down my spine ;-(  Makes me think of the way comics in the fifties portrayed cities of the future, except those pictures always had flying cars as well.

It's funny, ground level shots of American streets create an impression of width and open space.  But that higher level shot of the city made me feel claustrophobic.  I could feel the towering buildings closing in around me like the petals of a Venus Fly Trap plant.

Casts a whole new light on the song By the time I get to Phoenix.

"..By the time I get to Phoenix
 I'll be crazy,
 I know I'll stop
 and ride the other way.
 I'll laugh when I turn the bars
 and know I'm leaving.
 I'm sorry girl
 but I could never stay."

[Cue tail light, vanishing into the darkened desert beyond.]

Gyppo
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 26, 2011, 05:12:03 PM
To get an idea of what the summer feels like here, and believe me, this is not a joke or much of an exaggeration.
Turn on your oven to 150 degrees/ or the lowest setting. wait 10 minutes, then open the door, get close enough to feel the heat on your cheeks and take a deep breath.

Sometimes at midnight the temp is still over 100 degrees F.

Driving on the freeway at 65 miles an hour, it takes close to two hours to cross from the far-west of the valley (Buckeye) to the eastern end of the city metropolis (Apache Junction.)

EDIT: Aprox 110 miles Northeast of Phoenix (in the mountains) where I went to school, the TV series, 'Grizzly Adams' was filmed. So we have deserts, mountains and High desert mesas
 
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Post by: Silt on October 26, 2011, 05:19:12 PM
Probably why I like the cold a bit. Then again, some days cold takes snaps at your skin, and to breathe, ugh.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Suemcb on October 27, 2011, 12:33:33 AM
Here is the view from my windows. We are on the hill overlooking the ranges and some of the small town in New Zealand where we live. We are only 2km from the supermarket and schools. One main street with maybe three or four streets of houses around it before getting out of 'town'.
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Post by: Skip Slocum on October 27, 2011, 12:39:54 AM
Is that a river just beyond the treeline?
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Post by: fire-fly on October 27, 2011, 01:43:00 AM
I scoured through my pictures but locally I don't have a lot.

This one is of our main street but after an explosion in a building. The main street was shut for two days, hence the quietness of the street.  :D

Its usually full of cars and trucks of all shapes and sizes.

The town clock is that weird structure to the right of the photo.

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/100_0233.jpg)
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: mudge on October 27, 2011, 02:19:14 AM
This is an excellent idea.!   :D

The place I live (SW US) was built in the early 1900's largely because of the railroad.  It became a hub and over the next 50 years or so expanded rapidly, supporting about twenty outlying towns and villages in the area.  What made the town also killed it.  A once thriving town is now a whistle stop on the way through to other more prosperous places.  All that remains are the tips of jutting bones from an industrial behemoth collapsed under its own weight.  

The train station is now a tourist trap.  Old things come here to die.  An obscure artist (I forget his name ;)) lived in his truck and traveled the desert southwest painting landscapes and selling them as he needed provisions.  He has since passed on, but his caravan remains, a testament to his eccentricity.

Part Two-
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Laura H on October 27, 2011, 03:52:03 PM
Beale Street, downtown Memphis
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Post by: Andrewf on October 28, 2011, 05:32:53 AM
This is the city near where I live...   Lincoln, England ;D

It has a nice cathedral, that is very nearly 1000 years old  (was finished in 1092)

(http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/nmr/nmr_17307_13.jpg)

(http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/384LincolnCathedral_pic2.jpg)

And a castle

(http://forum.globaltimes.cn/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=22829&d=1268095417)
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Post by: Skip Slocum on October 28, 2011, 06:34:04 AM
Beautifully amazing.
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Post by: Silt on October 28, 2011, 06:55:30 AM
I have one made of lego not quite as high though, Andrewf.

I love the architect, a mixture of stone masons.
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Post by: Spell Chick on October 28, 2011, 07:04:50 AM
Andrew, we just don't have stuff like that in America. Beautiful.
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Post by: fire-fly on October 28, 2011, 07:13:44 AM
Nor in Oz, thats truly amazing.  :)
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Post by: Laura H on October 28, 2011, 10:32:54 AM
Memphis doesn't have anything to compare with Andrew's cathedral, but we do have a pyramid  ???
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Post by: Spell Chick on October 28, 2011, 11:41:48 AM
Charleston, SC was once the busiest port in the South. In fact, Charleston was once one of the top five largest cities in the country. At the time of the Revolutionary War, nine of the ten riches people in the country lived here. The import/export business was huge.

This is a picture of the customs house located in the harbor region. The classic Roman construction done with Corinthian tops to the columns is pretty well preserved. The building itself takes up most of the block it sits on. Iíve never been inside, so I canít tell you what it is like there. This picture was taken on September 11 of this year when we went downtown to stroll around on a beautiful day made even better by the memories of worse times ten years ago.

One block behind it and to the north is the Market, blocks long and undercover it is still full of stalls where one can set out oneís wares and the public can walk through and shoplift of perhaps even purchase what is available.
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Post by: Vienna on October 28, 2011, 11:45:27 AM
@Andrew- Great stuff, not been to Lincoln for donkey's years.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on October 28, 2011, 12:12:43 PM
I would absolutely love to visit that church and castle. Amazing.
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Post by: Andrewf on October 28, 2011, 02:36:00 PM
It is... and the inside is just as impressive ;D

(http://www.paradoxplace.com/Photo%20Pages/UK/Britain_Centre/Lincoln_Cathedral/Lincoln_Images/Aug%202007/800/Lincoln-Nave-Aug07-DE2708sAR800.jpg)
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Gyppo on October 28, 2011, 05:31:59 PM
That's Lincoln added to my list of places to visit before I die.

It's a very long list, I may have to live forever ;-)

is this one of your own photos, Andrew?  I noticed a strange effect on this picture.  In the foreground you have the almost inevitable converging parallels of the upright pillars, but as you go further into the picture the curve of the arches along the sides seems to bend them back outwards which, paradoxically, opens the picture out again at the same time as distance is closing it in.

Took me a while to figure out what was happening.  Fascinating.

Gyppo
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Post by: Laura H on October 28, 2011, 08:15:52 PM
That's Lincoln added to my list of places to visit before I die.


. . . and the Memphis pyramid, right  :-[
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Annmarie on October 29, 2011, 04:40:39 AM
Let's give this a try.


I love living in a post-industrial city. This is the Ruhr area in western Germany, heavily bombed in WW2. After the industry died out in the 70s, nature took over again. Instead of pulling all the old industrial facilities down, a lot of them are converted into parks that feel like lost cities.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Gyppo on October 29, 2011, 05:58:47 AM
I like that, Annmarie.  Lost cities ;-)

In the city not far from us we have a few small 'bombsites' which have been turned into micro-parks.  One of these has the two remaining walls of a house which is all that remains of a whole terrace.  There is a lot of ivy covering them now. There's still traces of an old oven built into the side of the fireplace, unless it's been completely swallowed by the ivy and bushes since I last saw it. I must try and get a picture next time I head that way.

It's overshadowed by ugly great concrete flats and the back end of a shopping complex now, and I suspect most people don't even know it's there anymore.  Tucked in tight against the railway lines and the tunnel which were the target of the bombers.

I took my daughter there once, whilst showing her some of the lesser known aspects of the city, and she went quiet for a while.  I remember it from the fifties, when I was a kid, and there were still traces of wallpaper and raggedy scraps of curtain to be seen on the 'inside out houses'.  The loose and dangerous bits of wall were 'tidied away' but the more solid bits were just left.

There's a few other traces tucked away in almost forgotten corners which are too small to attract developers, and sometimes, just sometimes, it still feels like an invasion of privacy to take photographs.

At night these forgotten corners still offer shelter to the homeless.   In the daytime people from the nearby office blocks use the benches as a quiet place to eat lunch, sometimes accompanied by birds singing in a little oasis of quiet amongst the city noises.  It's like a time machine.

Gyppo
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Post by: thatollie on October 29, 2011, 11:27:46 AM
The Forum in Norwich is an incredible place housing the busiest public library in Britain, the largest permanent (free) digital gallery in Europe and the headquarters of BBC East. By my calculations, when open, a new visitor walks in every nine seconds.
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Post by: Andrewf on October 29, 2011, 02:33:47 PM
That's Lincoln added to my list of places to visit before I die.

It's a very long list, I may have to live forever ;-)

is this one of your own photos, Andrew?  

Unfortunately not.  It has been many years since i last visited the cathedral and didn't have my camera with me at that time.

It is best to visit on a bright sunny day where the light streams in through the many stained glass windows.

There is also a climb to the roof, but I wouldn't recommend this for you Gyp, as it involves a small spiral staircase surrounded by solid stone walls.
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Post by: Gyppo on October 29, 2011, 09:45:30 PM
I did the 'Steeple' Tour at Salisbury Cathedral a few years back.  I nearly chickened out when we went through a little door onto the stairs within the walls and the guide locked the door behind us after counting heads.  But I'm glad I didn't because quite a lot of it was along open galleries, looking down into the centre of the building.  But there were a couple of steep narrow spirals as well where the walls did seem to pulse a bit and close in.

But we had two kids with us so I had to be brave.  It does make a difference.   As does having plenty to see.  But if the lights had gone off I'd have been a wreck.

Magnificent views from the top of the tower though.  I still have the badge somewhere.  These are only issued when you reach the top.  You can't buy them at ground level.  It was fascinating to see the cone of the steeple, still rising above us.  From inside you can see how insubstantial it is, rather like looking into an ice-cream cone.  There were a series of wooden ladders going right up into the cone, to a small trapdoor where workmen can get outside when they need to do repairs, hanging from a bosun's chair or similar some 400 feet above the ground.  The wooden ladders are not part of the tour.

Even further back I took my two girls down the 'Poldark' mine in Cornwall.  Once again, not too bad in company, but when I started to think what it would have been like working down there by candlelight I got more than a little twitchy.  I can 'clamp down' on claustrophobia up to a point, but if it gets away from me I'm in trouble for a while.

I did the 'vaults' at Winchester Cathedral, but despite being underground they're quite spacious.  The only moment of panic there was when I stopped to look at something and the tour moved on out of sight.

I'm not sure I would want to do any of them again, but it was worth the discomfort and I'd recommend them to anyone else.   

Gyppo
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Post by: Spell Chick on October 30, 2011, 07:47:28 AM
I noticed when climbing UP the 100 stairs to kiss the Blarney stone, we were taken via the servants' staircase. Coming back down it was the owners' staircase. Those steps were more even, wider from wall to wall and the depth was much better suited to hold a foot instead of tiptoes.

That is unless we went UP the master and down the servant stairs. I really just remember the remarkable difference between the two staircases.
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Post by: Gyppo on October 30, 2011, 03:17:31 PM
Here's a bit of old Southampton, UK, which has survived almost untouched since Victorian times at least.

If you look above the massive rusty bolt, but below the smaller hasp, you will see the modern day handle and the ordinary mortice lock.  It looks really insignificant amongst all that sturdy iron banding.

The last time I peeped through the gap there was a couple of dusty old cars stored in there and various shrouded and unidentifiable lumps which could have been machinery or laden workbenches.

If I remember correctly the white notice asked the postman not to use the letterbox and showed a very faded redirection address.

Not fully shown in the picture is the big second storey loading bay above the door and the sturdy wooden beam hoist which would have been used to lower stuff onto lorries, and horse-drawn carts before that.

A lot of the old warehouses near the docks have been converted into flats, and the beam hoists have gone.  Sometimes cosmetically tidied as well, and other times just cut off flush with the wall.

I can remember seeing sacks and barrels being hoisted or lowered, and when I was very young sometimes it would still be a horse providing the power, moving back and forth along the road, led by a man who nearly always seemed to be wearing a brown warehouse coat.

Now there's huge double glazed windows in the loading bay entrances, and quite often the contents of the room beyond, displayed as if to show the occupant is 'living the dream', seem so incongruous in the ancient facade.  Especially in buildings which have been gutted by fire at some point and still bear the scorch marks on the brickwork above each opening.

Click to enlarge

Gyppo
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Post by: Ken100 on October 30, 2011, 05:17:30 PM
Here is a roundabout in Stourbridge. I run past this roundabout regularly, taking a left turn onto a Roman Road, which is now a singletrack trail, the town on one side, open fileds and countryside on the other.
In 1929, when this was still a crossroads, workmen were digging a trench here when they discovered a human skeleton three feet down. Suicides were once buried at crossroads, with a stake driven through the heart, as were criminals who had been gibbeted nearby. This practice was brought to an end in 1823.
The mystery of the skeleton at the crossroads in Stourbridge remains, and the skeleton was 'disposed of.'

I quite often think of that unknown person once buried at the crossroads when I run past that roundabout.

Ken
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Post by: CarrieSheppard on October 31, 2011, 04:21:00 AM
What an excellent series of posts and amazing pictures. Memphis looks fun, and Phoenix I recognise. I liked Hoover Street near the Heard Museum - skyscrapers nearby but a selection of houses as diverse as 'English Country Cottage' look to Pueblo, going via 'Old West' and everything in between. I'll post one of my pics soon. My town is on the crossroads of the two oldest Roman roads in Britain, on the Greenwich Meridian and the St Mary's Ley Line.
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Post by: Annmarie on October 31, 2011, 04:24:09 AM
Neat story, Ken. I wonder about stuff like that too. Sometimes I walk around with my head in the here and now, and in some past time, and I see the buildings and crossroads through both lenses at the same time. For instance the school my oldest daughter will go to is a 100-year-old dark brick house at a roundabout a couple minutes from home. She's played in the walled-in grounds behind it often enough. She walks by and thinks "This is my school."

I walk by and think about how that school was a barracks for Russian slave workers during WW2. They'd gather in the yard to be marched off to work.

Almost every place has these layers. If we find out enough, we start to see them.

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Post by: Ken100 on October 31, 2011, 05:23:14 AM
Sometimes I walk around with my head in the here and now, and in some past time, and I see the buildings and crossroads through both lenses at the same time.

Yep, that's me. I'm exactly the same. When I am walking somewhere, especially on holiday, I look at the side streets or the paths and think 'I wonder what's up there?' Sometimes it's a wonder I actually manage to get anywhere.
I live in a part of Stourbridge called 'The Old Quarter' and I still love looking around at the houses when I am out and about, and imagining them in the 1800s.
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Post by: Gyppo on October 31, 2011, 06:08:45 AM
Annmarie is right about the 'layers'.

When My Lady was earning her degree they were taught 'how to read a High Street'.  In most of our English high streets you'll find modern and garish shop fronts at ground level, but just look up one level and you'll often find totally unrestored and unmodified Victorian or earlier brickwork and windows.

Sometimes you will still find an old fashioned shop, where one of the front rooms of a house was used for business purposes.  Quite a lot of our sub post-offices were like this,  usually a house on a corner or a crossroads, with one room turned into a newsagents or similar - because just being a sub post office never earned enough money - and a secure room within a room, almost inevitably with only one access door for security reasons, where post office business was transacted through a hatch in a sheet of sturdy glass.

When Royal Mail went on a mad money saving campaign a few years back they offered inducements to the Sub Postmasters/Mistresses to close down the less economic offices.  As a lot of the officers were getting old they took early retirement, although some others decided to keep providing he service until they died of old age.  As  result of this many a downstairs room has been reclaimed, and some of the old houses now look huge again with a double spread of domestic frontage.

Royal Mail are generally pretty quick to take down their signs,  but some of the other businesses just leave them in place, or slap a thin layer of pain over the top and the business names can still be read at a certain angle.  Where the signs were a strip of illuminated plastic fascia board the quick fix is just to turn it back to front, which sometimes looks really daft.  But it's better than leaving a gaping great hole 'until they get around to it'.  Occasionally the lights are left on, so you get a back to front sign for a Chinese takeaway, which is quite bizarre.   

Sometimes the true history is lower down, a few strips of genuine cobbled street left as a concession to 'preservation' between soul-dead poured concrete or asphalt.

Gyppo
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Post by: Annmarie on October 31, 2011, 06:50:55 AM
I'm so glad other crazy minds see the layers like I do!

In Germany, if you're walking around regular streets, there are only three historical eras: pre-war, wartime and postwar. Many people, including me, live in multifamily houses with usually 6 units of between 70 an 90 square meters. These are utilitarian-looking, built in the 50s-60s. Certain architectural quirks like ceramic numbers over the door, or the shape of a window, show the house was originally built for refugees. Millions of ethnic German women, children and old people expelled from central and Eastern Europe after WW2 flooded into West Germany, and lived for years in bunker-style collective housing in filthy conditions, or in displaced persons camps.

The rather ugly but sensible multifamily houses all around here were the new homes for these people, and the locals who'd also lost their homes in the war. I don't think the houses are nice to look at. They don't have a soul on the outside. But when I think about when and why they were built, I suppose they're not so bad.
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Post by: Ken100 on November 08, 2011, 03:42:19 PM
Here is a picture of Hill Street, in Stourbridge, where I live. My house is further up the street, out of view.
We live in a section of Stourbridge called 'The Old Quarter.' No one's allowed to knock any of the houses down anymore, and when our road and pavements were dug up and relaid in the summer the builders even had to keep the (original) kerbstones and relay them.

Anyway, I didn't post this to tell you about the kerbstones.
Not many people realise it, but Hill Street is the birthplace of Jack the Ripper.
Ok, let's clarify that a little bit...Hill Street is the birthplace of William Henry Bury, who is suspected of being Jack the Ripper, amongst many others.

Bury was born 25th May 1859. In October 1887 Bury moved to London, and lived in a brothel at 80 Quickett Street. It is here he met his wife Ellen, who, two years later in Dundee,he would murder. On 24th April 1889 he was hanged for that murder.

The claims that Bury could be the Ripper began in the newspapers shortly after his arrest for Ellen's murder, and there have since been books and articles published claiming that Bury was the Ripper.

Who knows the truth? No one, and I suspect we shall never know the Ripper's identity.
But sometimes, sitting in my coverted cellar writing my stories, I think maybe, just maybe...

Ken :)
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Post by: fire-fly on November 08, 2011, 06:37:54 PM
Ken you live in a delightful looking street and the history, woo hoo. Thanks for relaying that to us mate.  :D
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Post by: midnight candle on November 08, 2011, 07:11:41 PM
I've lived in Gloucester for 43 years and seen a lot of changes here. I worked abroad for a while back in the 90s and only appreciated how much I love the city when I returned home. Would I live anywhere else - no way.

On the bad side, it was home to two of the worst serials killers in British history - Fred and Rose West, but I won't bore you with details that most of you already know. The bad side is always portrayed in the news so I thought I'd post a picture of the remembrance garden on the site of 25 Cromwell Street. It's a sobering little walk and I go through it when I walk to the town centre. Having lived here, I know some of the victim's families and it pays respect to them.

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Post by: midnight candle on November 08, 2011, 07:13:50 PM
On the good side, there is Gloucester Cathedral which is absolutely stunning and almost a 1000 years old. It makes me wonder why builders are so crap these days  ::)
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Post by: thatollie on November 08, 2011, 07:14:43 PM
On the good side, there is Gloucester Cathedral which is absolutely stunning and almost a 1000 years old. It makes me wonder why builders are so crap these days  ::)

Cos then they can charge for repairs.
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Post by: midnight candle on November 08, 2011, 07:15:22 PM
And here is a beautiful looking window on the East side of the cathedral where people can sit, chill and meditate - a beatiful spot when you need time away from everything.
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Post by: thatollie on November 08, 2011, 07:19:03 PM
Oh, so it's cathedral picture people want. They've enjoyed Lincoln and Gloucester, now it's Norwich's turn.
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Post by: Gyppo on November 09, 2011, 04:12:49 AM
On the good side, there is Gloucester Cathedral which is absolutely stunning and almost a 1000 years old. It makes me wonder why builders are so crap these days  ::)

I can think of a few possibilities.

Hand built.  A job for life on a big contract.  Guilds which cared more about doing the job properly than the power games of their 'union'.  A proper apprenticeship scheme and at at least seven years to become a master craftsman, and then only if you were really good enough, with no 'quotas' to be met.  A pride in their work, rather than just seeing it as a job.  Little things like that add up.

And of course, when cathedrals are built they're supposed to last for 'eternity'.  There was no 'built in obsolescence'.

A few years back I spoke to a young mason and a young carpenter during an open day at Winchester Cathedral, and the old principles still apply.  "We can't mess around, but we still use hand tools as often as not, and we have to do things right.  You can't cut corners when you're building or repairing something that people will still be using a few hundred years later."

I've also seen around the cathedral workshop at Salisbury.  It's a peaceful place with none of the frenetic hurry and worry of a modern factory.  It makes a difference when a man is working for enduring quality father than to a 'penalty clause' deadline.

In contrast I have the contractors working in the new bungalows nearby.  These aren't bad buildings, but they have a projected working life of about 50 years.  (This may extend.  Our house was built with a twenty year life in mind, to meet a mid 60s housing crisis, and is still there fifty years later.)  The workmanship is competent rather than excellent.  That's all it needs to be for fifty years.

Apparently it makes 'economic sense' these days to have 'first fix and second fix teams'.  One lot get the buildings up as fast as possible, the second lot fix the problems left by the first lot.  I still think it would be better to do it right the first time.

Cathedrals were the pursuit of excellence, built to the greater glory of God.  (Whether the workers were believers or no, that was the standard to which they adhered.)

"And here endeth the lesson.  We will all now raise our voices in joyful chorus, singing number 402 from the Cynics Hymnal, 'Little Boxes'."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_2lGkEU4Xs

I'll find you some pretty pictures later.

Gyppo   
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Post by: Skip Slocum on November 09, 2011, 07:55:06 AM
 ;D
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Post by: Ken100 on November 09, 2011, 01:37:19 PM
Ken you live in a delightful looking street and the history, woo hoo. Thanks for relaying that to us mate.  :D

Thanks Fire Fly. Yes, Stourbridge is in a terrible kind of living death, slow decay at the moment and there are lots of things wrong with the town. But if you look beyond all that, (the ghastly ring road, the empty shops, the terrible sixties built multi story carparks, etc) it still has a sense of history poking out from the terrible bits, and it's near an extensive canal network and the countryside.
So yes, at times it is delightful.

I love this forum thread. Thanks Gyppo for starting it, and everyone who has contributed pictures and local history information. Fascinating.

Cheers,
Ken :)
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Post by: fire-fly on November 09, 2011, 03:08:29 PM
Blue Moon all your history as well, put those animals aside and the beautiful cathedrals etc.

Ken we have no history like that, no where in Oz at all. A few nice old buildings here and there but mostly its all gone.

Nothing with the age of your lot though.

I would love to go over your way once, to see just how green countryside can get.  ;)
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Post by: Ken100 on November 09, 2011, 03:48:04 PM
Blue Moon all your history as well, put those animals aside and the beautiful cathedrals etc.

Ken we have no history like that, no where in Oz at all. A few nice old buildings here and there but mostly its all gone.

Nothing with the age of your lot though.

I would love to go over your way once, to see just how green countryside can get.  ;)

And I would love to go to Australia one day, too. I appreciate what your saying about most things being gone, but still...I think the history is there if you look for it, even if it's mostly written down now, or kept alive in spoken stories.
I have another photograph I need to take soon, and post here. It's a little section of a wall, but I love what has happened to that section of wall over the years, and the history that is held in it.
I'll try and post that at the weekend.

Blue moon, I love your cathedral window picture. That looks like a stunning window.

Cheers,
Ken :)
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 10, 2011, 07:52:20 PM
I'll be uploading lots of pictures


Figures,  As soon as I opened my camera app (on my smartfone) my fone died  :(
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Post by: ma100 on November 10, 2011, 08:37:14 PM
Ooo err, we haven't posh things like Cathedrals. We haven't even got a shop or a bus service. We have a pub and a church does that count?(http://www.hpitdesign.co.uk/stmarys/archives/images/St%20Marys%20Whaddon%20from%20Nash%20Road.jpg)

My house is behind the trees on the right.
(http://pubimages1.pubutopia.me/37332m.jpg)

and 500 yards from the pub. ::) ;D







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Post by: Mastafrank on November 10, 2011, 09:03:27 PM
This was taken back in August.  I took my half brother out for some ice cream (bubble gum flavored)
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 10, 2011, 09:04:06 PM
Tomb of the unknown Soldier....

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Post by: Mastafrank on November 10, 2011, 09:04:43 PM
 Panoramic shot of Parliament hill (Ottawa Ontario)
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 10, 2011, 09:08:42 PM
Marina In Quebec(15 minute from downtown Ottawa)
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 10, 2011, 10:46:02 PM
Local mall
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Post by: fire-fly on November 10, 2011, 10:55:44 PM
All very nice mate, you get snow there don't you?
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 10, 2011, 11:05:15 PM
All very nice mate, you get snow there don't you?

surprisingly none at all!! It was 14 celsius today  :)
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Post by: Spell Chick on November 11, 2011, 06:07:00 AM
We were on a bit of a road trip yesterday. The picture was taken as we traveled about 70 mph along route 26. The trees in South Carolina are picture perfect, although the camera wasn't quite as good as simple eyeballs. It was a perfect fall day, here.
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Post by: Andrewf on November 11, 2011, 06:44:12 AM
My house is behind the trees on the right.
(http://pubimages1.pubutopia.me/37332m.jpg)

and 500 yards from the pub. ::) ;D

That pub looks familiar Ma...  >:D
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Post by: ma100 on November 11, 2011, 06:58:42 AM
Hehe yep, we used that for twiddling about for the cover. ;D
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Post by: heidi52 on November 11, 2011, 07:35:00 AM
Don't have pictures of my town, we don't have much in the way of unique architecture here. Heck we don't even have a pub.  >:(

But here is a picture of the chicken coop I built this spring. We just started getting eggs from the new hens. Considering what it cost to set them up, they are the most expensive eggs in the world! ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Gyppo on November 11, 2011, 09:02:06 AM
That's a posh little hen house ;-)

Q:  Why does a chicken coop have two doors?

A:  Because if it had four doors it would be a chicken sedan.
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Post by: Skip Slocum on November 11, 2011, 09:03:23 AM
 ;D
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Post by: heidi52 on November 11, 2011, 09:20:53 AM
The two doors are both "dutch" doors. Open top and bottom.

Does that count as a sedan?

Don't tell the chickens, they already put on airs. It will go right to their heads.
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Post by: Gyppo on November 11, 2011, 01:03:58 PM
To us that design is a caravan door, or 'stable door'.  In the van we often had the top half of both doors open unless it was particularly cold or raining.  The lower half was enough to stop other people's dogs  - or chickens occasionally - just strolling in.

Gyppo
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Post by: heidi52 on November 11, 2011, 01:41:22 PM
I would like to have that type on my house, to be able to open just the top half. Actually I'd probably leave the bottom open so the dogs wouldn't need a doorman.

Everybody is spoiled here, except me. >:(
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Post by: DC on November 11, 2011, 01:51:57 PM
Not quite local to me, but within an hour's ride. The water fall 'falls' down a Tufa slide, the Tufa being deposited as it comes out of solution. It has actually formed proud of the rock face behind, forming a small cave behind the fall. Jennet, or Janet, the queen of the local fairies, was said to live in the cave. Hence the name of the falls: 'Janet's Fosse'
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Post by: Skip Slocum on November 11, 2011, 02:33:58 PM
I likes it.  ;D Looks like a place from an old story.
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Post by: Ken100 on November 12, 2011, 05:17:12 AM
That's a nice picture, I love the idea of a cave behind the waterfall. I bet there's some great walking trails round there, looks like you live in a beautiful part of the country.

Ken :)
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Post by: Lin on November 12, 2011, 09:25:57 AM
A picture of my woodpecker on his daily visits  Great Spotted Woodpecker.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 12, 2011, 01:33:53 PM
Don't have pictures of my town, we don't have much in the way of unique architecture here. Heck we don't even have a pub.  >:(

But here is a picture of the chicken coop I built this spring. We just started getting eggs from the new hens. Considering what it cost to set them up, they are the most expensive eggs in the world! ;D ;D ;D

I wonder, did you also build a 2 storey house for your horse??
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Post by: heidi52 on November 12, 2011, 03:12:36 PM
The barn was here when we bought the place, but it does have a hay loft so I guess it's 2 stories.
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Post by: Spell Chick on November 12, 2011, 05:31:00 PM
This is where we were yesterday. It is in North Carolina instead of my usual South.
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Post by: fire-fly on November 12, 2011, 05:33:52 PM
Beautiful colours in that Chicky. Autumn is a fat time of the year isn't it.  :D
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Post by: Gyppo on November 12, 2011, 06:08:22 PM
I wouldn't mind having a stab at fishing there.
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Post by: fire-fly on November 12, 2011, 06:16:28 PM
These shots are in our town. Its an underground mine that closed half a century ago. When we had the big floods in 2007, the water rushed through all the diggings causing this chaos. Its a no-go zone for us and our trucks now. The mine subsidence is horrific.  ???

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/AberdareExtended12-06-071.jpg)


(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/AberdareExtendedminecolapse11.jpg)

A digger of sorts, lost in an instant. Thats the cabin you can see with its digger bit reaching to the sky.

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/AberdareExtended12-06-072.jpg)

Trying to divert the water

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/AberdareExtendedminecolapse5.jpg)
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Post by: Skip Slocum on November 12, 2011, 06:27:50 PM
Wow. I hope the equipment driver was home drinking a brew when the cave in happened.
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Post by: fire-fly on November 12, 2011, 08:31:51 PM
 :D :D

I think it happened in the night mate. Its quite a few acres there though. A real waste of land now.  ???
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Post by: Lin on November 13, 2011, 04:31:43 AM
Without the figures in the background and the JCB in the distance you don't get a real sense of the scale of it all.  Amazing.  Yes I hope there isn't a body in that sunken JCB! Scary eh? Best leave the digger for some archaeologist in the year 4000AD.

Lin x
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 16, 2011, 09:26:10 PM
Best Volunteer expirience was this summer. For 2 weeks I voluntered at a Music festival. Got free food,got to see lots of awesome bands, and to top it all off I got free booze at the end :)
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Post by: thatollie on November 16, 2011, 09:28:24 PM
Wow, I wish I got beer for volunteering for stuff. Maybe I should try volunteering at cooler places.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 16, 2011, 09:33:38 PM
Wow, I wish I got beer for volunteering for stuff. Maybe I should try volunteering at cooler places.

Well the reason why we got to take the beer home was because we had a surplus. Took home a 60 pounder bottle of Jack Daniels that was 3 quarters full.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 16, 2011, 09:34:53 PM
heres another shot,,,
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Post by: thatollie on November 16, 2011, 09:38:00 PM
All I got for volunteering at the sci-fi convention was a chat with a graphic novelist, to see the cast of Red Dwarf and ogle hot chicks dressed as super heroines . . . um, maybe it wasn't so bad.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 16, 2011, 09:40:20 PM
hey at least you didn't wake up with a hangover for a week :S
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Post by: thatollie on November 16, 2011, 09:46:45 PM
I don't get hangovers.
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Post by: Annmarie on November 18, 2011, 03:21:21 AM
I don't get hangovers.

Now that's a useful super power.
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Post by: Gyppo on November 18, 2011, 06:57:34 AM
Here's one of the locals, getting ready to 'drag race' up Below Bar (Lower end of the High Street) in downtown Southampton (UK)

Left click to enlarge.

A few years back a bunch of these characters temporarily closed off a two mile stretch of main road for a trotting race, a 'grudge match', during which several thousands of pounds were wagered, and a few hundred motorists inconvenienced for a short while.  By the time someone called the police it was all over ;-)

Gyppo
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Post by: Skip Slocum on November 18, 2011, 09:52:26 AM
And I thought we had it bad with all the boys horsing around on the streets.  ;D
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Post by: Ken100 on November 19, 2011, 11:36:30 AM
And I thought we had it bad with all the boys horsing around on the streets.  ;D
Groan!!!  ;) ;)

Nice picture, Gyppo...
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Post by: Gyppo on November 19, 2011, 03:24:36 PM
In Southampton there are still pockets of old buildings nestled in amongst the modern ones.

Reflections of the past.  With the old city walls making their mark on the newer buildings.

Left click to see the magic.

Gyppo

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Post by: thatollie on April 27, 2013, 01:18:15 PM
Yeah, I know it's been a while but I thought we might like to start this topic up again.

Here's Elm Hill in Norwich.
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Post by: Gyppo on April 27, 2013, 06:00:53 PM
I like the yellow glow.  It gives warmth and character.  Better than the washed-out white of 'energy-saving' lights.
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Post by: thatollie on April 27, 2013, 07:25:08 PM
Come on, folks, we love pictures.

Next is the majestic Blickling Hall.
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Post by: bri h on April 27, 2013, 07:38:43 PM
s'this Norfolk Sprock? Looks lush
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Post by: thatollie on April 27, 2013, 07:40:47 PM
Norfolk is a beautiful place. If you know where to go.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 27, 2013, 08:10:58 PM
I tend to take pictures of streets, buildings and so on when I travel to different places.

In and around familiar places, I generally take pictures of people or unusual things going on around me.

This was when I live out in the country. I spotted a hot air balloon closer to earth than normal across the road from me and grabbed my camera. I have pictures as it came down and down, and finally down.

The house was lived in by two, very nice elderly sisters.
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Post by: sugy on April 30, 2013, 12:54:11 AM
Wow! This is a great thread to pull out, Sprocket. ;D Thanks, never knew such a lovely thread existed.

I think I can spend hours on this, went through the first couple of pages...awesome pictures.

Balloon landing is great, Alice.  :)
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Post by: bri h on April 30, 2013, 04:23:14 AM
ahem ahem(tries to look innocent whilst pointing in the direction of Pic Post) heh heh, but I like this one as well. B
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Post by: sugy on April 30, 2013, 04:55:47 AM
Oh Bri, yours is great too.  ;D

But these are about 2 years old and so has many more pictures ... :) Yours is a baby compared to this, right? :-\

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Post by: bri h on April 30, 2013, 05:24:10 AM
Bri stood with his little-boy-lost look on his downcast face. His shoes scuffing at an odd looking stone underfoot, as he mumbled, "yeah I suppose you're right."
He slouched off looking dejected at her harsh harsh words, his sails were definitly un-winded. heh heh. Totally agree with ya comment, but wanted to practice "speech and look" in writing. heh heh. B
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 30, 2013, 11:02:56 AM
Wow! This is a great thread to pull out, Sprocket. ;D Thanks, never knew such a lovely thread existed.

I think I can spend hours on this, went through the first couple of pages...awesome pictures.

Balloon landing is great, Alice.  :)


Thanks Sugy - actually, it wasn't landing intentionally. It was losing it's air. I spotted it early on and because it was so strange to see a hot air balloon drifting low over farmlands, I grabbed my camera and have several shots that show it getting closer and closer to the ground as the fullness of the balloon noticeably decreased.   
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Post by: fire-fly on May 01, 2013, 03:22:27 AM
Since this thread is alive and well, here is a picture of the sunset out my front door this evening.  :D :D

(http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s320x320/923021_10151560091633010_945131711_n.jpg)
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 01, 2013, 07:35:38 AM
Beautiful view FF. I would be sitting on the porch just watching the sun sinking and filling the sky with colors.  ;)
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Post by: sugy on May 01, 2013, 02:11:53 PM
FF, how beautiful!

How close are you to the sun, by the way?  :o
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Post by: sugy on May 01, 2013, 02:16:33 PM
Bri stood with his little-boy-lost look on his downcast face. His shoes scuffing at an odd looking stone underfoot, as he mumbled, "yeah I suppose you're right."
He slouched off looking dejected at her harsh harsh words, his sails were definitly un-winded. heh heh. Totally agree with ya comment, but wanted to practice "speech and look" in writing. heh heh. B

Sorry, I just got to see this. Bri, you sure know how to put on a long face and make me feel bad. :'( Here, let me help you put your sails up again ... I am going to drop by your picture post okay?  ;D
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Post by: Gyppo on May 01, 2013, 03:11:03 PM
How close are you to the sun, by the way?  :o

Probably about 96,000,000 miles away, like the rest of us.  But some folks have less junk between them and the horizon ;-)
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Post by: fire-fly on May 01, 2013, 03:43:26 PM
 :D :D

I think you go that in one Gyp.

Beautiful view FF. I would be sitting on the porch just watching the sun sinking and filling the sky with colors.  ;)

Thats exactly what we did Alice.

Its been so unseasonally warm here this year, sitting on the porch has been a pleasure. We watch it till its gone, on cloudy days that is.  I did crop the photo to cut out the cars in the street.  :D
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Post by: thatollie on May 01, 2013, 04:31:26 PM
Hmm, I forgot to post a picture of Emerald Hill Zone. As you can see, the weather is always fine.
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Post by: fire-fly on May 01, 2013, 04:34:03 PM
Nice fox Ollie.  :D
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Post by: Skip Slocum on May 01, 2013, 05:24:16 PM
Hey FF, I'd like a copy of that sunset to play with on paintshop, if I may.  ;D
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Post by: Gyppo on May 01, 2013, 06:35:20 PM
Here's the old fertility symbol carved into the wall of Romsey Abbey.  Apparently it wasn't unusual for the Masons and other craftsmen building 'they new-fangled Christian churches' to add these little symbols of the older religions.  No harm in covering your prudent pagan arse just in case the new religion didn't last and the old gods came back in a stroppy mood.  These symbols were usually hidden away, but this one is unusual being in plain view in an outside wall.

But you'd probably not notice it compared with the plague of gargoyles just a few feet above.

Left click to enlarge.
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Post by: fire-fly on May 01, 2013, 06:44:13 PM
You have so many amazing old buildings over your side of the pond. We have buggar all here.  ???
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Post by: Gyppo on May 01, 2013, 06:56:43 PM
You have so many amazing old buildings over your side of the pond. We have buggar all here.  ???

It's because you're a comparatively young nation.  I dare say there are still some hidden or undiscovered treasures from before the white fellas stamped their mark on the place.  But even they weren't too interested in copying where they'd come from.  They were in a 'brave new world', wanting to carve out their own slice of history.

Nomadic hunter-gatherers don't leave much in the way of architecture though, apart from odd cave paintings or carved rocks.  People need to be settled in fairly large numbers before they start dressing up their surroundings.

Gyppo
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Post by: bri h on May 01, 2013, 07:12:20 PM
Sorry, I just got to see this. Bri, you sure know how to put on a long face and make me feel bad. :'( Here, let me help you put your sails up again ... I am going to drop by your picture post okay?  ;D

No need Sug, really it's fi . . . ! Oh go on then! heh heh. B
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Post by: fire-fly on May 01, 2013, 07:17:58 PM
Quote
Nomadic hunter-gatherers don't leave much in the way of architecture though, apart from odd cave paintings or carved rocks.  People need to be settled in fairly large numbers before they start dressing up their surroundings.

Seen a lot of caves in our travels Gyp, some real nice ones too.

A lot of old buildings are around places you least expect it here.
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Post by: thatollie on May 02, 2013, 04:27:03 PM
Okay, here's where I spent a drunken Saturday night last week (20th of April)
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Post by: fire-fly on May 02, 2013, 05:01:53 PM
Thats a nice shot Ollie, where is it mate?

Looks like a party atmosphere.
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Post by: thatollie on May 02, 2013, 05:19:17 PM
That's Great Yarmouth Seafront, it's where I grew up.
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Post by: Mastafrank on May 07, 2013, 11:54:53 AM
Quiet day in the hood (for a change)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/p480x480/302953_10152788257985537_106991763_n.jpg)
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Post by: fire-fly on May 07, 2013, 05:08:49 PM
Is your pad one of the top ones mate?
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Post by: Mastafrank on May 07, 2013, 06:15:06 PM
Yep, in the back tho :) I have a clear 180∑ view of the east
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Post by: fire-fly on May 07, 2013, 06:21:19 PM
 :D :D

Nice one mate, be a lot quieter off the street too wouldn't it?
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Post by: Mastafrank on June 04, 2013, 02:22:01 PM
yes ;)

thunderstorm we had last week...

Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Gyppo on June 04, 2013, 05:22:05 PM
Here's an odd one for you.  Shadows on the wall which last about half an hour before the sun's angle changes and they thin out and fade.

The wall is plain white, and the black dots are caused by minute holes in the expanded polystyrene wall covering, which looks grey where I fiddled the contrast to bring out the shadows.

The whole shadow picture is about two feet deep, and it took me a while to work out what was causing it.

What do you see, and what do you think was causing it?

Left click to enlarge.

Gyppo



Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: thatollie on June 04, 2013, 05:32:43 PM
Here's an odd one for you.  Shadows on the wall which last about half an hour before the sun's angle changes and they thin out and fade.

The wall is plain white, and the black dots are caused by minute holes in the expanded polystyrene wall covering, which looks grey where I fiddled the contrast to bring out the shadows.

The whole shadow picture is about two feet deep, and it took me a while to work out what was causing it.

What do you see, and what do you think was causing it?

Left click to enlarge.

Gyppo





I can see someone very mysterious . . . in a suit and a hat. I think it was caused by a feather caught in your guttering.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Gyppo on June 04, 2013, 05:52:08 PM
So you see them too.  Explanation later.

What about the circular object?
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: thatollie on June 04, 2013, 05:54:23 PM
Looks like a stained glass window. So the scene in full is one mysterious (and very tall) person being chased by two others in a church.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: fire-fly on June 04, 2013, 06:36:41 PM
I see a matador at first then when you concentrate, its a feather and a dream catcher.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 04, 2013, 07:04:26 PM
The round thing is a Dream Catcher and the other, almost human figure, I take to be created by some type of feather creation, guessing and a Native American creation.
Title: Re: Local Pictures. Anyone care to join in?
Post by: cswillson on June 04, 2013, 09:10:14 PM
Beale Street, downtown Memphis

I was there a month ago tomorrow and on Bourbon Street the next two nights. Took the train The City of New Orleans. What a great week!