Category Archives: Film

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Whittington Press

I found a web posting about the Whittington Press Open Day 2017 by accident the other day (http://whittingtonpressshop.com).  It reminded me of a trip to the 2009 Open Day with Roy Hammans. This followed an earlier visit when we had … Continue reading

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Dolgellau Market

Dolgellau Market, 12th June 2009.  ‘It’s a slow start, with a few single and double deck trailers bringing in sheep – lambs, rams, hoggets.  Just before noon the auctioneer and his female assistant stroll across the yard ringing a hand … Continue reading

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Guggenheim, Venice

The Guggenheim in Venice is one of my favourite small museums (or is at a gallery?).  It embodies Peggy Guggenheim’s dedication to the advancement of 20th century art – I think Giacometti’s Woman Walking (1936) is worth the cost of … Continue reading

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Clocks

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, / Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, / Silence the pianos and with muffled drum / Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.  The first, less well-known, version … Continue reading

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Basilica Cistern

DH asked, ‘Anyone familiar with Istanbul?’  I replied, ‘Have been to Istanbul, but can’t claim to be very familiar with it.  Fabulous place, though.’  It left many enduring impressions.  I was at first little disappointed by the Basilica Cistern, it … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Regeneration

Natural regeneration of woodland is the process by which dying trees are replaced by new ones growing from seeds that fall and germinate in situ.  Over much of the last two to three hundred years foresters have restocked and created … Continue reading

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Tourism Backlash

On Saturday 12th August the Guardian carried a full page article, ‘Wish you weren’t here: locals take on tourists in Europe’s crowded hotspots’.  Spain is the focus for much of the spate of anti-tourist incidents reported, but it’s not alone … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Block?

I walked in the Beechwoods early this morning.  The sky was heavily overcast, lending the woods a flat, sombre, in places gloomy, air.  The play of light and shade that characterises the woods on good summer days was gone.  I … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Moment

I often hear people talk about ‘living in the moment’.  I’m not quite sure what that means, but it does seem foolish to both ignore the lessons of past experience and fail to plan for a rewarding future.  Better to … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Extension 2

I commented on the differences between the new and mature woods in my post on the 4th June .  Apart from the size of the trees, the most distinctive difference now is between openness and enclosure.  The mature woods have … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Extension

The newness of the westward expansion of the Beechwoods gives it a very different character to the mature woods.  How different will it eventually be? This five hectare wood was planted in 1992 to improve the environment for wildlife and … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Setting 2

On 9th April 2017 I posted two colour pictures, ‘Beechwoods Setting’, trying to show the context within which the woods are set.  They put the woods in the middle distance and show the contrast between the massing of the trees … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Carvings

The lives marked in the beech bark are usually reduced to initials, dates and a runic symbol of love (see post 23/9/16).  They are enigmatic.  This is no less so.  Who was Harvey, why and when was he here and … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Regeneration

Beech woodland is shady and often characterised by a dense carpet of fallen leaves and mast husks, which prevent most woodland plants from growing.  Young beeches prefer some shade and may grow poorly in full sunlight, however. In the Beechwoods … Continue reading

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Beechwood Roots

The beech usually grows on drier, free-draining soils, such as chalk, limestone and light loams. The root system is shallow, even superficial, with large roots spreading out in all directions.  This makes trees susceptible to drought and high winds.  In the … Continue reading

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