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North Wales (cont...) [Oct. 18th, 2007|10:13 am]
Tony Grist
 We checked out house prices while we were bimbling around. I thought they'd be sky high and they're not. We could exchange our terrace house in Oldham for something similar in Holywell and not be out of pocket. Holywell is lovely and rural and highly desireable from that point of view but it's not within reasonable commuting distance of any hub of business or industry so the movers and shakers don't want to live there.  The nearest big city is Liverpool and that's across water and in a different country.

Monday we set off along the coast for Conwy.  As we were driving over the Great Orme the sun came out- ever so briefly.



The hotel on top of the Great Orme (see below) once belonged to the middleweight boxing champion Randolph Turpin and the bar is now a boozy shrine to his memory. His glory is that he once beat Sugar Ray Robinson and Robinson was the best there's ever been. Professional boxing is a filthy business and Turpin- like most great champs- was fifty percent fucked-up little shit and fifty percent victim. He beat his wife, stood trial for rape (he got off), was shystered out of his considerable fortune and committed suicide at the age of 37. It took two bullets- one to the head and one to the heart. There are- of course- those who say he was murdered. 



Conwy is a medieval walled town. And the walls are complete. It's the Carcassone of the north. I'm in two minds about Conwy: one it's magnificent, two it's a symbol of Empire and oppression and the Welsh would be justified in bulldozing it to the ground. 



While we were there two army transports flew in low over the bay.


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[User Picture]From: goddlefrood
2007-10-18 11:19 am (UTC)
Conwy's great and has the UK's smallest habitable house, or so it claims.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, we saw the world's smallest house. there were two elderly women in peasant costume and steeple hats standing outside, pimping it and selling tourist trash. I steered well clear.
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[User Picture]From: richenda
2007-10-18 11:53 am (UTC)
How about Anglesey?

The new road across Anglesey, plus the improved Cardiff - Bangor rail service, plus the air service Cardiff to Valley, have all encouraged much bilding of new houses and restoration of buildings that have been derelict for thirty years.

I'm told that the demand has slowed for the winter, so this might be a good time for you to lok at this
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'd like to visit Anglesey, but I don't think I could live there.

We're not really thinking of moving, just fantasising. We put the house on the market a couple of years back and I bottled out as the offers started coming in.

I like it here.
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[User Picture]From: richenda
2007-10-18 06:40 pm (UTC)
>>>I'd like to visit Anglesey, but I don't think I could live there

Well, I've got a rather cramped spare room, and a sofa bed.
But why couldn't you live there?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 07:22 pm (UTC)
That's very kind of you.

Why? Basically because I'm a stick in the mud. I don't want to move from where I am now. Also it's a roots thing. If I moved to the country it would have to be to some place I already feel a connection with- like East Kent or Sussex or maybe Somerset.
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[User Picture]From: richenda
2007-10-18 11:56 am (UTC)
>> I'm in two minds about Conwy: one it's magnificent, two it's a symbol of Empire and oppression and the Welsh would be justified in bulldozing it to the ground.

Esp as one of the motives for building it just there was to conceal the burial place of Llwellyn
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 01:58 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that.

Edward I was a bastard.
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[User Picture]From: richenda
2007-10-18 03:38 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that.
Edward I was a bastard

It takes a very special and nasty mind to do what he did at Conwy - build his castle on top of Llewellyn's grave.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-10-18 01:30 pm (UTC)
That first photo is amazing. The opening in the cloud cover, the light streaming through *just so*, the shiny path on the water. Opportunities like that are very scarce and you captured it perfectly.

What magnificent walls! I´m aware of the reasons for bulldozing but I still think it would be a historical crime of sorts to do so. There aren´t many sights like that left in the world.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you like that one.

It's an amazing castle- but horrible with it.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2007-10-18 04:12 pm (UTC)
If you send that sunlight on the water shot to the Welsh tourist board they should buy it to use in their calendar!

Great piccies
V
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 04:53 pm (UTC)
Now there's a thought! :)
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[User Picture]From: le_oef
2007-10-18 05:13 pm (UTC)
ahhh i can almost feel smell taste the air.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 06:39 pm (UTC)
That's the sort of reaction I'm trying for.
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[User Picture]From: suemars
2007-10-18 06:05 pm (UTC)
thats just incredibly beautiful. could you live near the water?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-18 06:38 pm (UTC)
Good question. I never have done, so I'm not sure. We came close to moving to the seaside a couple of years ago but bottled out at the last minute.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-10-19 05:58 am (UTC)
You are SUCH a good photographer! I love all of these shots!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-19 08:19 am (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2007-10-20 12:12 pm (UTC)
To be able to move to such a place, with these views of water! I'd be shivering with impulsive plans.

It's fun to know you two are traveling these days. I still tell my family about Tony and Ailz going to Spain by train over the mountains to see Picasso's exhibit. It sounds so exotic (she gushed).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-21 10:39 am (UTC)
I hate the thought of moving. I'm a stick in the mud.

I love to visit places like this, but after a few days I'm itching to get home.
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From: fickleasever
2007-10-25 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ah - 'Blake Lines' (what my husband calls the rays of light shining down from the clouds).

Very beatiful photos.
:)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-26 09:01 am (UTC)
"Blake lines"- as in William Blake?
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From: fickleasever
2007-10-26 09:58 am (UTC)
Yes.
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From: fickleasever
2007-10-25 08:57 pm (UTC)
Typo. Photo. One at the top. Not sure about the... what is it, a microwave tower or something?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-10-26 09:06 am (UTC)
I'm not sure myself
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