Saturday, 4 October 2014

Enchanted, Stand Up & Be Counted and The Slow Burn

"Enchanted" :- John Nash's incredible Royal Pavilion in Brighton takes on a very fairy tale quality once night falls and the lights are turned on. It's hard to believe that this was actually once a Royal palace, it's far removed from the staunch, upright architecture that one sees in other palaces and stately homes thoroughout the UK. It's even harder to believe that this incredible building started out life as a simple farmhouse. It's helped put Brighton firmly on the world map over the last 200 years and it's a building that is instantly recognisable due to it being so unique.

"Stand Up & Be Counted" :- The stones are colossal. It's impossible to get your head around how they were transported, moved and set in place all those centuries ago ... and we are talking many centuries. The say that Avebury is older than Stonehenge, it's certainly bigger. In fact they say it's the biggest stone circle on the planet, big enough for the village of Avebury to sit inside it. These stones have stood here since (approx) 2600 BCE which was when Avebury's giant stone circles were constructed. I say circles because there are three. There's the huge 'Henge' which is a large circular bank with an internal ditch. Its diameter is roughly 420 metres (460 yd) across and its ditch was 21 metres (69 ft) wide and 11 metres (36 ft) deep. You then have the 'Outer Stone Circle' with a diameter of 331.6 metres (1,088 ft). This giant circle was originally made from 98 sarsen standing stones. Some of the stones are over 40 tons and can range in height from 3.6 to 4.2 m. Within the massive circle there were the 'Inner Stone Circles'. The northern inner ring was 98 metres (322 ft) in diameter and the southern inner ring was 108 metres (354 ft) in diameter. It's an incredible part of Britain and it's certainly worth a visit if you ever get the chance.

"The Slow Burn" :- Sunset as seen from the top of Devil's Dyke beauty spot on the outskirts of Brighton, England. The Romantic painter John Constable (1776 - 1837) once described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as 'the grandest view in the world'. It's certainly breathtaking. You can see for miles from up here and as the sun gently falls away into the night you can see the lights from various villages start to twinkle and shimmer. Way above, looking down you get a real feelng of just how insignificant we all are. The human race as a whole scurries around like ants on the surface of this huge mass of spherical rock slowly revolving in space. We dissapear from view with ease. You don't need to be looking down on the planet from space in order to make us vanish, you only need to stand on top of this hill. From up here I see houses, green fields, hedgerows, trees, clouds, sun, nature and an awesome looking world but...I don't see any people. we are far to small to show up, even from just up here.

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