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Bath Abbey

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I decided to be a tourist myself in Bath recently, rather than just dashing into town, doing my shopping and escaping quickly before the street are full of visitors, which is my normal mode!

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I spent a fascinating visit to Bath Abbey absorbing the atmosphere and just realising how lucky I am to live near such a beautiful building.  The fan roof is especially stunning, and certainly got me looking up!

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The roof was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott who carried out a number of repairs to the Abbey in the Victorian era and was to replace the crumbling plaster and lathe ceiling that existed prior to this.


lightSir George Gilbert Scott also commissioned a famous metalworker from Coventry, Francis Skidmore, to make the large beautiful gas chandeliers which still hang in the Abbey today. These were converted to electricity in 1979.






One of the more recent additions to the Abbey are the acoustic quire screens. These screens are beautifully decorated with a frieze of twelve carved angels playing musical instruments and looking jauntily down on you.


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The main altar is currently displaying the Trinity Altar Frontal which depicts the springs of living water from the Book of Revelation.



The moving Gethsemane Chapel includes a book of remembrance and the frontal altar is dedicated to the use of Amnesty International.  It is designed to suggest peace beyond suffering, life beyond death, with barbed wire representing the restrictions and barriers of this world and thorns as are our personal problems. If we can break through these obstacles we find our own Garden of Gethsemane where we can leave the past behind and find peace and God.

edgar stained glass

The stained glass window above shows the coronation of the first King of all England, King Edgar who was crowned on this site in 973.

There is much more to see and learn about this fascinating building, I guess I need to male further visits!



Photos from the Awesome Aurora Show on Sept 12, 2014, That Will Make You Jealous

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~Wish I had seen this

Originally posted on Planet Bell:

Aurora Borealis Near Denali At 1am this morning, I found myself on the side of the road, mouth agape, staring at the sky. My vocabulary was reduced to the word “WOW!” and a series of expletives too impolite to print. I was gawking at the most amazing aurora borealis show I’ve seen in my 10 years in Alaska. I was in complete awe.

Aurora Forecast, Sept 12, 2014

Aurora Forecast, Sept 12, 2014

If you have been paying attention to the media, and assuming the electric grid in your area hasn’t been obliterated, there is a solar storm going on right now. The Northern Lights are visible all over Alaska, Canada and the northern Lower 48 due to a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), which sounds really painful, by the way. It is possible the storm could affect satellites, your GPS and wipe out your power grid. Obama is to blame.

As I have written before, in the 16 immutable Laws of…

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Transforming the Gothic – colour sensation in the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca

Originally posted on The Daily Norm:

Some of architecture’s most stunning successes can be found in religious buildings. The eternal repetition of the forest of pink and white marble pillars in Cordoba’s La Mesquita is one of the most enthralling sights of the ancient Islamic world, while at the centre of the Catholic world, the sheer scale and magnificence of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican makes it clear to all who come close that this place is the all powerful centre of Christianity. In Roman times, religion was the instigator of some of the most brilliant of all architectural creations, such as the ground-breaking single expanse dome of the ancient Pantheon temple in Rome, while in more modern times, it has inspired some of the most jaw-dropping creations ever made by man, such as the stunning realisation of a creative genius: Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

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Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral

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Originally posted on Janaline's world journey:

St George's Cathedral

A glimpse of St George’s Cathedral

The beautiful St George’s Cathedral is situated right at the entrance to the Company’s gardens right in the heart of Cape Town. This Cathedral is also the starting point for the Cape Town walking tour. As I arrived early for the tour I got to have a look around the Cathedral.

St George's Cathedral

They are still working on parts of the Cathedral

The building of the cathedral started in 1901 to replacing a church built in 1834 and is actually still incomplete.

St George's Cathedral

Entering the beautiful Cathedral

Known as ‘the people’s Cathedral’ for its role in the resistance against apartheid, St. George’s Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town. It earned its nickname when it welcomed all races during the apartheid era, despite segregation laws.

The cathedral showcases Victorian-era design, with beautiful…

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Poppies at the Tower

Originally posted on WW1HA:

Here are the photos I took at the Tower of London of the art installation “Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red.” I photographed the workers installing poppies, people watching and the spill of poppies from the Tower onto the moat.

It was very moving to walk around and overhear conversations: My granddad was in the King’s Rifles, my great-uncle was in the Navy, my grandmother always said, and more.






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The Musical Museum ~ a fascinating collection of self-playing instruments

Originally posted on London Unveiled:

This museum has nothing to do with West End musicals… but everything to do with self-playing ‘musical’ instruments.  This fascinating range of self-playing instruments and music rolls tells the story of how people listened to music before the days of microphones and electronics.  The collection started in the 1960s and has grown over the years but has always focused on musical devices that playback music.  The smallest items in the collection are clockwork musical boxes.  The large items are sizeable – including a ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ organ.  In between there are a variety of reproducing pianos, self-playing violins (quite fascinating), orchestrions and orchestrelles.  All new words to me!  Visitors here tend to be surprised at how much they enjoy the museum.  Many people who write reviews on well known traveller websites often rate this one of their best museum experiences in London.

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