Tagged With "England"

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Re: Left Hand Drive Vs Right Hand Drive Countries

GarryRF ·
When two moving Stagecoaches were facing each other on a narrow track the driver would crack the whip - using his right hand - and cause the Horses to shy to the left and away from the noise it made. So they passed each other without hindrance.
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Re: Left Hand Drive Vs Right Hand Drive Countries

George G. ·
On September 3rd, 1967 Dagen H (or “H-Day”), short for Högertrafikomläggningen (“the right-hand traffic diversion”) millions of Swedes switched from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right. Looks like fun from a distance.
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Re: Left Hand Drive Vs Right Hand Drive Countries

PHeymont ·
The Swedish experience is fascinating. Here's a link to more details. What makes it especially fascinating is that Sweden had always had cars with the driver and steering on the left, initially American imports, but had driven on the left. I would have expected a surge in minor accidents at the time of the change, but instead, the article says, the accident rate dropped sharply because drivers were now better placed to deal with oncoming traffic!
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

DrFumblefinger ·
I live in Calgary now and people often have the impression it's a cowboy town -- which it is, but it's really a modern oil-economy based city as well. A view of the city's skyline. How far away are those beaches from Liverpool itself, Garry? What I most like about them is how uncrowded they are. Is the water warm enough to swim in or only for those with a strong constitution?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
The Temperatures for Liverpool rely on the strength of the Gulf Stream which sends warm water up from the Caribbean to the West of the UK. It follows the Jet Stream. It means that we can grow Palm Trees in the West - right up to Scotland ! Without this we would freeze in winter because we're that far North. Near to the Latitude of Alaska. But we don't !
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

Former Member ·
Does the Gulf Stream also bring a harvest of tasty fish with it ? Does the pattern of currents vary so that the Gulf Stream brings warmer waters closer to shore at some times than at other times ?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
No - no more Fish. Fish like Cod and Haddock like the colder waters of the UK. Too much heat and they go further North to Iceland. The Gulf Stream often gets caught in a pattern. Its been stuck for months now, bringing us warm water to raise temperatures. At this time of year we get an overnight frost and cool days. But we've had 50f at night and over 60f during the day. My outdoor Tomato's are still healthy and near ready for picking! Thanks to the Gulf stream ! The warmer waters hit the...
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Re: Winter in Northumberland

Travel Luver ·
Beautiful photos!
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Re: Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire, England

DrFumblefinger ·
Your photos are magnificent!! What an amazing place! I need to head to northern England someday and visit all these great ruins. Thanks for sharing this, Paul!
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Re: Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, but no thanks!
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Re: Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

PHeymont ·
I'm with you there...I love spectacular views as much as the next guy, but when I'm looking down a long way I feel nervous chills...add that to a swaying bridge, and I'm, well, not there!
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Re: Mount Grace priory - North Yorks

Marilyn Jones ·
So beautiful; makes me want to get back to England!
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Re: Town Hall, Manchester, England (Where Gumbo Was)

Travel Rob ·
Great piece! I loved Manchester. You showed some great details of Town Hall that I missed.
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Re: Town Hall, Manchester, England (Where Gumbo Was)

Roderick Simpson ·
Manchester City Hall featured in the news last night, as it was there that the Brexit Referendum result was officially announced.
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

Travel Rob ·
Wow! Love your photos of Birmingham!
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

PHeymont ·
Wow! Not the Birmingham I ever dreamed of! I wasn't actually dreaming of it, but I did have a mental image, which I now realize was stuck at about 1830. Thanks for the views and insights...
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

spacesXplaces ·
I enjoyed Birmingham's architecture a lot, it has changed and it is still changing in a pleasant way. Unfortunately many British people are stuck to the old image of other UK cities, the same can be said for other cities such as Manchester or Leeds. They are totally underestimated because people think they still are those kind of purely industrial minor cities devoted to production but it's not like this anymore. A weekend or day trip is enough to make you change your mind
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Re: Birmingham's Greatest Buildings

spacesXplaces ·
Thanks Rob! Really glad you like them!
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Re: June 11, 2016: Royal Heads in the Sand

DrFumblefinger ·
A remarkable likeness of the Royal couple -- more life like than the real thing!
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Re: Isle of Portland, Dorset, England (Where Gumbo Was #176)

GarryRF ·
Wonderful collection of photo's PHEYMONT. Lighthouses are full of history. You can tell where you are on the high seas by checking out the colours it's been painted. SatNav from the 19th Century. My cousin has done 30 years in the British Royal Navy and has moved on to Trinity House who control all the lighthouses around the UK. I thought they were all self lighting - but I suppose they all need painting too !
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Re: Time for England: A Gallery of Clocks

Travel Rob ·
Great feature! I was lucky enough to see some of those clocks myself.
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Re: June 25 2016: Up a tiny river, Canterbury, England

DrFumblefinger ·
It looks like those half-timbered homes bounced in from Chester! Lovely set of photos!
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Re: Angel of the North, North East England

Travel Rob ·
Amazing photo!
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Re: Angel of the North, North East England

ViewFromTheChairPhotography ·
Thanks Rob very much appreciated
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Re: Bamburgh Castle, England

Marilyn Jones ·
Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland looks amazing. I often visit northeast England to see friends; I will certainly try to visit the castle the next time I make the trip!
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Re: Bamburgh Castle, England

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure that I've ever seen more perspectives of a single castle than through your great photographic eye in this essay, Ian. Beautifully done!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar 17, 2015: Mystical Stonehenge

GarryRF ·
5 things you didn't know about Stonehenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apSeCIQNKVA
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Re: Down by the seaside English style....

DrFumblefinger ·
Wow, what a fun destination! And surprisingly not at all busy on the beaches for such a lovely place. Mac, it seems you've come home!
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Re: Down by the seaside English style....

PortMoresby ·
I took a walk once along the SW Coast Path, Exmouth to Weymouth, over several days and saw a wonderful variety of English seaside towns and countryside. Unfortunately, obviously, for me, I caught a bus on the edge of Weymouth and stayed instead in Dorchester. Although a very nice town (nice walk to Hardy's Cottage), I see now what I missed. A perfect excuse, as if I needed one, to go back. Thanks Mac.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 22, 2014: Branch Bench, near Marlow, England.

GarryRF ·
Some have charm - some have wit !
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
England is covered with thousands of miles of man made Canals. They were the Highways of the Industrial Revolution. Carrying Cotton, Coal, Timber all over the country. The boats they used were pulled by horses which walked along the tow path. Every mile or two you'll find a pub to stop and relax. Maybe a meal too. I love walking by the canals. Back to nature and peaceful. LEEDS TO LIVERPOOL CANAL. This is Haskayne. 8 miles north of Liverpool.
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Re: Walking in England

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for bringing walking in England to my attention. I have been walking more when I travel (beteen cities,from the airport. etc and have found out its very hard or impossible walking in and out of some places. I gave up trying to get out of CDG airport on foot one trip. Walking does give you a totally different perspective,thats for sure.
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Re: Walking in England

DrFumblefinger ·
Like you, I love to explore places on foot. I live next to one of the greatest wilderness places in the world, the Canadian Rockies, so this is where I like to hike. It's never been about speed or conquest, though I do love to make it to the top of a pass or ridge simply because the views are so fantastic. It's about the journey. I never walk without my camera and love to stop for photos, or to watch a doe and fawn, or some quail hurrying to shelter. Often I've shared these photos on this...
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
Here's a walk that fits the bill DrF !! Follows the peaks of hills and mountains that will take you to Hadrian's Wall. 256 Miles of wilderness. http://penninewayassociation.co.uk/the-route
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Re: Walking in England

DrFumblefinger ·
Sounds fascinating, GarryRF, but also hard work. Would likely take about 3-4 weeks to complete, time I just don't have right now.....
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Re: Walking in England

GarryRF ·
Just a tease DrF ! But many of those walkways that follow the canals are suitable for travellers on bicycles and the bonus is there is no hills ! Thousands of Europeans see it as an alternate style of vacation.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 29, 2014: Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, England

DrFumblefinger ·
An interesting home and tale about Bess who knew best... I wouldn't have known about Bess if you hadn't shared these photos. Thanks!
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Re: Roseberry Topping North York Moors, England

DrFumblefinger ·
What a lovely winter wonderland!
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Rome Treasure Worth More Than British Crown Jewels

Travel Rob ·
" The Treasures of Naples" opens in Rome.  Photo: AFP Photo: Reuters
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 3, 2013: Houses of Parliament and River Thames, London, England

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of the most iconic images of England is that of the Houses of Parliament (House of Lords and House of Commons), and its famous clock tower (Big Ben).  Situated in the heart of London, for centuries the site of British government and...
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Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
When I tell folks I meet on Vacation I'm from Liverpool UK they say "You must be enjoying all this beach life.  Long walks on the Sand.  Fishing.  Fresh air and gorgeous sunsets" so I reply "No. I get all this back in Liverpool- I'm...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 15 2013: Blue Lady at White Waltham - retro-revival in England

Mac ·
Increasingly popular in England and throughout Europe are “Retro Revival” weekend gatherings featuring original 1950’s rock and roll bands and also some very good 2000’s Tribute Acts recreating the sights, sounds and styles of...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 11, 2014: Please Close the Gate.

PortMoresby ·
    On a visit to Windsor Castle in England, I couldn’t resist the opportunities to photograph the Queen’s Guard as they patrolled the neighborhood.  I’ve heard it rumored that Queen Elizabeth, aka Her Maj, is a...
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Sleeping in church: Now available for a fee!

PHeymont ·
No, I'm not talking about dozing off during the sermon. Turns out that England's Churches  Conservation Trust, whose job is to take care of 347 "orphan" churches no longer used for worship, has selected a number of them for overnight rentals....
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England gets a coast-to-coast canoe route

PHeymont ·
It's now (nearly) possible to paddle all the way across England in a canoe. The only obstacles are canal locks that require portage, and rights to a tunnel that are still being negotiated.   The project, connecting Liverpool to the Humber...
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Scotland gets new rail line, and steam, too!

PHeymont ·
Scotland is getting a new rail route today, the longest new route in the UK for over 100 years. The new Borders Railway runs from Edinburgh to a new station at Tweedbank, and aims to bring visitors to the southeast Borders region who otherwise might...
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Big boom in glass-bottom bridges

PHeymont ·
Glass-bottomed bridges with spectacular views seem to be a real trend these days. Germany has just opened a new one across the Geierlay canyon, and the Chinese bridge Gumbo reported on last week is so busy officials have had to cap access to it....
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January 9, 2016: Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

Ian Cook ·
Aerial views of Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland, England.
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Monochrome

Ian Cook ·
We're happy to have the work of many fine photographers featured on the website, including Ian Cook's. Ian is a superb photographer whose work often focuses on Northumberland in England. This gallery features beautiful monochrome images.
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Bamburgh Castle, England

Ian Cook ·
  Built on a dolerite outcrop, the location was previously home to a fort of the native Britons known as ''Din Guarie'' and may have been the capital of the British kingdom of the region from the realm's foundation in c.420 until 547, the year of...
 
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