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Hotel and tower near Doolin, County Clare, Ireland

Hotel and tower near Doolin, County Clare, Ireland


Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher


Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher


Bull, Keep Out-- sign off path at the cliffs of Moher

Bull, Keep Out-- sign off path at the cliffs of Moher


The Burren, County Clare

The Burren, County Clare


Bunratty Folk Park, Church of Ireland

Bunratty Folk Park, Church of Ireland

Ever heard the word "antidisestablishmentarianism"? That described the Church of Ireland people who wanted to continue the system whereby their extreme-minority colonial Anglican church was paid for by the people of Ireland, who were over 90% Catholic, and most of the rest of whom were low-church Protestants of Ulster-- also not Anglican. All over Ireland now are these beautiful, dilapidated, empty Church of Ireland churches.


Bunratty castle, near Shannon airport, Ireland

Bunratty castle, near Shannon airport, Ireland

Bunratty Castle was restored more than forty years ago and once received President Kennedy.


Bunratty Folk Park, cottage and plow

Bunratty Folk Park, cottage and plow


Dromoland castle

Dromoland castle


Quin Abbey, near Shannon Airport

Quin Abbey, near Shannon Airport


Quin Abbey tower

Quin Abbey tower


Quin Abbey graveyard

Quin Abbey graveyard


A roundabout in Dover

A roundabout in Dover


Driving down to Dover

Driving down to Dover


English flag of Saint George on car

English flag of Saint George on car


Welsh and English on a takeout bag

Welsh and English on a takeout bag


Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, May 2006

Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, May 2006


Hay-on-Wye, Wales, dog in bookshop door from pub across the street

Hay-on-Wye, Wales, dog in bookshop door from pub across the street


Waiting for coffee at the Blue Boar, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Waiting for coffee at the Blue Boar, Hay-on-Wye, Wales


Tepee at Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Tepee at Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye, Wales


Welsh hedgerows and field

Welsh hedgerows and field


Road near Hay-on-Wye, Wales, May 2006

Road near Hay-on-Wye, Wales, May 2006


Hills near Hay-on-Wye, Wales, late May 2006

Hills near Hay-on-Wye, Wales, late May 2006


Autumn countryside, Sussex

Autumn countryside, Sussex


Academicians' door, Royal Academy of Art, London

Academicians' door, Royal Academy of Art, London


Royal Academy of Art, London

Royal Academy of Art, London


Daunt, the independent bookstore on Marylebone High Street, is my favorite bookstore in the world.

Daunt, the independent bookstore on Marylebone High Street, is my favorite bookstore in the world.

It even looks beautiful, on the inside and on the outside.


London mailbox

London mailbox


View over Hyde Park, with a double-decker bus

View over Hyde Park, with a double-decker bus


The Oldest Road: the Ridgeway near the White Horse, Uffington, England

The Oldest Road: the Ridgeway near the White Horse, Uffington, England


Breakwater of the River Tyne, near Newcastle, England

Breakwater of the River Tyne, near Newcastle, England

The river Tyne meets the North Sea. On the north bank of the river mouth are the ruins of Tynemouth Priory, site of an Anglo-Saxon-era monastery built over by the Normans.


The Tyne River near Newcastle

The Tyne River near Newcastle

The name of the river Tyne is very ancient, possibly even pre-Celtic. Supposedly it means simply "river" in old Welsh.

The photo is of some underwater rescue vehicles at the marine academy. The mouth of the river Tyne was always a dangerous place for ships, and the very first lifeboat was built here 200 years ago to rescue survivors of shipwrecks at the mouth of the Tyne.


White cliffs of Dover from the ferry

White cliffs of Dover from the ferry


Dover town and castle

Dover town and castle

Dover from the ferry


Live 8 Day in London

Live 8 Day in London

Unusually empty London road leading to Buckingham Palace, on Saturday 2 July 2005. The Live 8 concert was going on and drivers had been warned to stay out of central London.


Cropredy Bridge

Cropredy Bridge


Cropredy Bridge, English Civil War site

Cropredy Bridge, English Civil War site

This was the site of an important battle of the English Civil War, on 29 June 1644, where the army of King Charles beat the Parliament forces.


Idyllic England

Idyllic England


Oxford University Classics Department

Oxford University Classics Department


Quiet English countryside

Quiet English countryside

This is the road to Oxford on a Friday morning in early June. Much of England is crowded and traffic-jammed.


Stained glass at the Harrow School War Memorial

Stained glass at the Harrow School War Memorial

The windows commemorate various royal visits to Harrow School, including here Queen Elizabeth I (twice) and Prince Philip.


Stained glass at the Harrow School War Memorial

Stained glass at the Harrow School War Memorial

More royal visits to Harrow School are commemorated in these windows, including those of King George V and Queen Mary, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, King George III (in 1804, a year in which he had a mental breakdown), and interestingly, King Charles I in 1646, the year he was on the run from Parliament.


Harrow War Memorial

Harrow War Memorial

Like most British schools, Harrow lost much of a generation in the First World War.


Byron was a Harrow student

Byron was a Harrow student

Harrow School was founded in 1571, and this is the oldest classroom. (It featured in the first "Harry Potter" movie.) It was a tradition at Harrow to carve your name into the walls of this room. George Gordon, Lord Byron, was a student there from 1801 till 1805. His history at Harrow included eight fistfights, several memorable speeches, "inattention to Business, and his propensity to make others laugh and disregard their Employments."


Seafrance ferry coming in to Dover

Seafrance ferry coming in to Dover

Seafrance and P&O are two rival ferry companies. Seafrance speaks more French on board and P&O is British.


Balliol College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Some of the Oxford colleges let you visit, usually after paying a fee, and some are resolutely private. There is usually a guardian at the gate. Oxford is a tourist town and Balliol, one of the prettiest colleges, is right near my favorite place, Blackwell's book store.


Cotswold Town

Cotswold Town

Take away the cars and you have the decor of many a BBC costume drama. I think this is Stow-on-the-Wold but I can't remember. Awfully pretty, anyway.


Pretty Cotswolds

Pretty Cotswolds

I love the way so much of the landscape still reminds you of hundreds of years ago. The Romans loved the Cotswolds too.


Station Mill in the Cotswolds in rare snow

Station Mill in the Cotswolds in rare snow

One of the weirdest factory buildings ever, near Chipping Norton. It is an antiques center now.


Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire

Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire

The game of rugby was invented here when a boy named William Webb Ellis took the football in his arms and ran. There is a small rugby museum in town, and all the boys at the school have to learn to play rugby. Of course! The BBC recently filmed a mini-series at Rugby based on the famous 1857 book about the school, Tom Brown's School Days.


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