Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Great! Britain Photos (6)

What kind of a name for a town is Wetwang? Travel to East Yorkshire to find out.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Great! Britain Photos (5)

In our quest for unusual town names, we encountered Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel) in Cornwall.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Small Medium at Large

Imagine trying to learn English, and seeing this headline describing a vertically challenged escaped psychic.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Great! Britain Photos (4)

Well, this one made us laugh. I am sure some locals are less amused than others.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

245 year old eulogy

Here is a plaque from a Norman church in East Yorkshire, at a town called Burton Agnes. The subject of the plaque was the local lord, I believe, who died in 1761 in his 51st year. What a lovely eulogy. Here it is, with modern spelling.
In a vault near this place are deposited the remains of Sir Clifford Boynton, who modestly chose to fill a private station with Virtues which would have adorned a public one; who in the several stations of Life in which he acted supported in a becoming manner every Character of a tender Husband, an affectionate Parent, a generous Brother, a kind Master, a sincere Friend; was upright in his intentions, humane in his temper, gentle in his behaviour and candid in his Judgment; charitable without Show, devout without affectation, who closed a devout Christian and exemplary life with that calm resignation which Religion alone is capable of inspiring, when it opens to a good man's view the certain and joyful prospect of Immortality.
I especially like the idea of doing privately what would have "adorned" a public image, as well as the idea of someone who is both gentle and candid. All in all, a man to be admired for his humility.

By the way the photo was taken with my little Nokia phone, in available indoor light. I am impressed.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Great! Britain Photos (3)

This is an interesting business in Cornwall, near Land's End. Wish I had taken a less blurry photo. In case you can't make out the details, the business is a "Builder, Decorator and Funeral Directors".

Friday, October 19, 2007

Great! Britain Photos (2)

There are some lovely places in Britain. There are even lovely places with weird names. We made a point of going past "the Wallops" (Over Wallop, Middle Wallop and Nether Wallop) and I took a picture of the sign to Nether Wallop.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Great! Britain Photos (1)

Just returned from our annual visit to England, where things are different. Over the next few days we shall publish some examples.

This one seems oddly prophetic. If you are a fan of square dancing, you can also pay attention the the white sign at the top of the picture.

Friday, October 05, 2007

How DOES this work?


Creepy, in a way


I finally admitted to myself that I am flirting with burnout. When wise friends and even casual acquaintances recognize the symptoms and actually comment, I guess I have to stop fooling myself. So I will take a couple of weeks off and disengage fully. No e-mail, no internet, no voice mail, no meetings.

How timely to have found the following on a hockey blog last night:
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers

As I deal with this potential burnout, and do the instinctive manly thing of withdrawing into a cave, I am going to remind myself to remain connected to: things to do; people, ideas and things to love, and things to hope for.