Code Breaking Library :- Standing here now in this peaceful and exquisite library that's within a large mansion house it's hard to imagine what it was like 70 odd years ago. Back then it was hive of activity with everything on a need to know basis. No computers or technology to help back then ... just paper & pencils and a lot of hard work and logic. This is the Library in the Mansion at Bletchley Park and it's in here that the Codebreakers of the Government Code and Cypher School worked. This room became the Naval Intelligence office and had a direct telephone line to the Admiralty. It was also just next door to the office of Commader Alastair Denniston, head of GC&CS. Bletchley park is now open to the public and well worth a visit :- http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/
Entangled :- I love this place. I have known of it for a very long time but it was only last year that I finally got to visit and see it for myself. This is Wistman's Wood set deep within the vast explanse that is Dartmoor National Park in Devon. I knew of it because of the illustrations and artwork by Briand Froud (who went on to create the world's of the "Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth") and Alan Lee (who designed the entire look of Middle Earth for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings Trilogy" and "The Hobbit"). They lived on Dartmoor back in the 1970's and many of their fanciful works contained elements of the moors and Wistman's Wood often featured somewhere along the line. It's actually one of the highest oakwoods in Britain as it lies at an altitude of 380–410 metres in the valley of the West Dart River. It's full of mossy rocks and boulders and mainly consists of pedunculate oak but there's also rowan, hawthorn, holly, eared-willow and hazel. Most of the small trees are also covered in mosses and lichens. It's a most enchanting and spectacualr place to fine yourself. Various legends say that it's also haunted or the home of the hellhounds.
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