Monumental

The Washington Monument in numbers: built 1848-1888; 555 feet high; 90,854 tons in weight; 36,000 pieces of marble and granite; 897 steps to the observation deck; and 50 surrounding flag poles.

Photo: Washington Monument 21st April 2011

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Topdeck

Bus travel comes with a sightseeing tour if you ride on top.

Photo: Citi 3 bus, Cambridge 18th April 2011

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Primesight

A Big Issue seller and a local bypasser help two Japanese visitors with directions.

Photo: Station Road, Cambridge, 18th April 2011

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Wordfest

Cambridge Wordfest 2011.  Roger McGough: ‘Don’t grow too big for your roots’; ‘The clash of opening times and bed times’; ‘Born in a street, they died in a road’; Alzheimer’s, ‘Howling at the Scrabble Board’.  Andre Mangeot: ‘The real music is out there where the silence and the solitude are’.  Alexandra Harris: ‘Is it possible to be modern and still be British?’; ‘Is abstraction possible in a time of dire necessity?’; ‘Opening a whole new world from a detailed focus’.  Maggie Hambling: ‘Make work your best friend’.  Colin Thubron: ‘A landscape where we both loose and find ourselves’; ‘If you like pate, don’t bother to meet the duck’; ‘By sitting still, the closer one comes to feeling ill’.

Photo: Colin Thubron, 17th April 2011

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Mani 7

Kambos: Patrick Leigh Fermor is very dismissive about the village and things haven’t really changed.

Photo: Kambos, Mani, Greece, 16th June 2010

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Mani 6

Lazy afternoon, the main square, Kardamili.   The Greek flag hangs limply by the memorial. Cicadas call, cars growl by, the fountain murmurs.  The whine of a motor bike, the faint cooing of a dove.   Clean smell of pines in the heat.  Hard shadows slowly lengthen.

Photo: Kardamili, Mani, Greece, 16th June 2010

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Arles

At the end of a wet afternoon two worried passengers wait in the booking hall at Arles station.

Photo: Arles, France, 12th March 2010

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