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Bayeux Tapestry [Jan. 20th, 2018|11:31 am]
Tony Grist
 Battle Abbey has put in a bid to host the Bayeux Tapestry when it comes to Britain in four years time. I don't suppose it'll win out against the British Museum- because London has the big guns- but I'd love it if it did. There could be no more appropriate venue than the site of the battle. Besides, it's just down the road from here.

I almost saw the tapestry when I was a kid. We were driving through Normandy and I spotted the turn-off for Bayeux and began bouncing up and down on the back seat going "Can we? Oh, can we, pleeeease." And my father said, "We'll find a hotel first, then come back." And then he went on driving and went on driving- and of course we never did.

Parents and their promises, eh? They think children have short memories. Wrong. It's old people who can't hold onto a thought. Children remember forever and ever....


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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2018-01-20 02:24 pm (UTC)
I am sorry you didn't get to visit Bayeaux. I was there for an overnight and got to spend quite a bit of time in the museum built for the original as well as enjoy the replica in situ in the cathedral there the way it was supposed to be used.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-20 03:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't know there was a replica in the cathedral.

The museum in Reading has a replica too. I haven't seen it though. It was made in the 19th century and one or two of the spicier details got themselves redacted.

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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-01-20 06:30 pm (UTC)
so close!

its been reproduced in new england too

there is some impressive needleworking in that piece
just the sheer hours of coordination in putting it together
I wonder who made it. they only focus on the event in the picture.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-21 08:46 am (UTC)
The best guess is it was made by embroiderers here in Kent. Apparently they were the best in Europe.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-01-21 06:24 pm (UTC)
its amazing the sheer volume
of stitches and they're all good.

I spent a few hours
zooming in on pictures and learning the stitches.

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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-01-20 07:49 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed then.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-21 08:47 am (UTC)
And touch wood.
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[User Picture]From: seaslug_of_doom
2018-01-21 04:38 am (UTC)

Happy Birthday

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-21 08:46 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2018-01-21 08:31 pm (UTC)
I do hope you see it!
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