Category Archives: history

London was calling

On the train from the midlands to London. I listened to The Clash, London Calling. Its both a distopian and resilient view of London. It seemed fitting as a bombing in the tube had set a sombre tone. But London is … Continue reading

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Last stop in Switzerland for this trip

From Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald you can see the Aletsch Glacier. Running over the mountains.  But, in time, it may be lost a sad loss both in beauty and the impact on the Alps. North of Interlaken the valley runs north to … Continue reading

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Castles in the sky not just high Alps – Switzerland part 3

If you follow some narrow winding roads through fields of maize, past sheep and cattle quietly grazing, near the Aara River,  you find the village of Habsburg and Schloss Habsburg.  The starting place in 1025 for a family that would … Continue reading

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The Bergennen at Seebodenalp

The Bergennen or hill climb race at Seebodenalp is a 500 metre climb over a 5 km track.  The top of the track providing views over Kussnacht am Rigi.  It was an event for historic bikes and some cars The … Continue reading

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Great adventurers and a taste of Norway 

Borders I’ve never seen one but I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.   This quote from Thor Hyerdadahls captures a vision of adventure and cultural interaction.  To see see the Kon Tiki to know the … Continue reading

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Inverness and North Scotland 

Inverness ancient trading city of the noth Vikings Pictish Roman Scots Romans All have influenced this city Inverness castle looms over the city Destroyed and rebuilt a number of times The Hanoverian garrison during the bloody Battle of Culloden that ended the … Continue reading

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Back on the Celtic Ray

Back in Glasgow The light The buildings have a new feel Sight Texture I’ve been touched by the Celtic Ray (the Awen) ‘Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and WalesI can hear the mothers’ voices calling“Children, children, children”Listen Jimmy! I want to go home.Listen Jimmy! … Continue reading

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