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More on Stuffed Dogs

July 30th, 2014

The BBC today has an excellent article on stuffed dogs at railway station, including the beloved Station Jim of Slough:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28420246

Favourite quote from the article:

“Under the more corporate British Rail, they didn’t want things like dead dogs in stations,” says Tyson.

Odiham Castle

July 27th, 2014

I happened to be on a work related expedition to Hook near Basingstoke last Tuesday and since it was such a nice day I decided to go exploring once I was done. So I drove a little bit south to visit Odiham Castle!

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As ruined castles go, this one is pretty good, with informative information boards aplenty. Apparently it was the place when the king set off to sign the Magna Carta and later was besieged by the French!

The nearby canal is quite pleasant although blocked by an impassable tunnel.

Cheltenham

July 19th, 2014

A few weekends ago I set off on another expedition to explore westwards through Gloucestershire. This time I walked from Kingham in Oxfordshire to Cheltenham.

Around lunchtime I got to Bourton-on-the-Water which proudly claims to be the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. This seems a little extravagant: there’s one small stream running through the middle of the village. The little bridges over it are quite cute but whole place is just a little bit too twee.

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I had some vague plan of visiting the Cheltenham “Banksy” (the one with the spies around the phone booth) but it turns out I was a week too late, it having been covered up prior to removal to London:

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The white van was clearly guarding it. The occupants eyed me suspiciously.