April 23rd, 2010

The Second Leaders' Debate

Clegg won by a hair. He's still giving the most plausible imitation of a real human being. Brown had upped his game; he'd cut out the pre-scripted quips and the undignified fawning on "Nick". He also seemed to have more energy than before. Cameron leaves me cold. I look at him and all I can see are the forces massed behind him- the bankers, the bosses, the super-rich, Murdoch and the Murdoch press, the Daily Mail.  I hate his mantra about favouring people "who do the right thing", which sounds to me very much like, "toe the line or else." Mind you, Clegg's mantra about his lot being "different from the two old parties" is scarcely less irritating. It reminds me of the noises Tony Blair was making in 1997. You're a politician, Nick- and we don't actually expect all that much of you. You're doing fine at present on the strength of seeming slightly fresher than the others, so don't overstate your case; it'll only end in tears.

Adam Boulton looks like a debauched Roman emperor.

St. John The Baptist, Glastonbury

Glastonbury's parish church gets overlooked, but it's a lovely building- and the 15th century tower- the second tallest is Somerset- is quite maginificent.

From the municipal car park

From the Abbey grounds

Same again

Is this St. Joseph of Arimathea carrying the holy grail?

Yes, I think it is.

Glastonbury Abbey

The Lady Chapel

King Herod and the massacre of the innocents, over the north door of the Lady Chapel

The Abbey church with the Refectory undercroft in the foreground

The Abbey church looking east

The Abbot's kitchen- the only building on site to remain intact. It was used for a time as a Quaker Meeting House.