Tag Archives: UK

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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Touring Northern UK on the mighty Breva II – a picture narrativeĀ 

Went to England but not London  Went to Scotland but not Edinburgh  Didn’t do Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds  Touring a motorbike is on a different path With strange admirers along the way Started in Stoke Made it to the top … Continue reading

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Inverness and North ScotlandĀ 

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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Skye

Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing Onward the sailors cry Carry the lad that was born to be king O’er the see to Skye.  So goes the first verse of the Skye boat song and Skye is … Continue reading

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Glasgow and peopleĀ 

A hundred and fifty years ago Glasgow was the second city of the empire A centre of heavy industry such as shipbuilding and textile manufacture A centre of design, typified by the Glasgow architecture.  But a century or so later Glasgow … Continue reading

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Back in the UK after 17 years

It’s been 17 years since I visited the UK  December 1999 A cold wet winter of long nights and freezing days.  This trip its summer and the days are long, damp and cool. Not all the different from the Australian … Continue reading

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