070518.Claverton Down, 238th BDPPost Spectacular!

May 18, 2007 at 6:37 AM | Posted in Bath, Claverton Down, somerset, University of Bath | 17 Comments

Hi, This has become the unintentional final post for a while. Today, my harddrive crashed and I may have lost some photos — so at the moment there’s no real way to let anyone else upload. Apart from that, it’ll take some time getting everything up and running (besides, I have papers and exams). I hope not to lose the city daily photo listing in the meantime and to be able to return by the beginning of June. Wish me luck or send advice on data recovery (most was backed up but my Bath photos in particular may have been lost, so I don’t want to pay a huge sum for the recovery of a few photos). I’d appreciate either.
As promised in the 200th post, here is the 238 post. Wow. Who expected that?
Unfortunately, I’ll be quite busy past around the 252nd post. So curb your excitement for a little while.

What are we really celebrating? 11,605 sp.am comments thus far.

I didn’t actually throw this party for the 238th post. It was thrown for the end of term, or the end of classes, which wasn’t quite the end of days but people littered like it was.

070517.Claverton Down, Hannibal and the Hats

May 17, 2007 at 4:11 AM | Posted in Bath, Claverton Down, University of Bath | 7 Comments

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This is from the University of Bath’s version of Founder’s Day. It was a giant party with BBQ and local bands screeching out their covers. There were activities everywhere, and with those were speaker systems that amplified the local bands. Worse still, these speakers were set up near the library….
Anyway, doesn’t this guy look a lot like Lecter? Kinda creepy this hat culture, isn’t it?

070516.Bath, A Murder Has Been Announced and Missed

May 16, 2007 at 5:11 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Bath, people, somerset | 2 Comments

Forgot to post this on time. Why am I posting it at all then. I saw something about Faulty Towers in Clevedon on June 9-10, hopefully I’ll remember that since it is after all the deadlines.

MAY 09 – 12 A Murder Is Announced , by Agatha Christie [adapted by Leslie Dunbar] Argyle Players, Tovey Hall, Central United Reform Church, Grove Street, BATH at 7.30, tel 01225 423 866


070515. 8/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

May 15, 2007 at 4:43 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, somerset, Towers | 9 Comments

See the series so far!

The Hidden Splendour of Bath Abbey

The Abbey Church its splendor rears
The sacred monument of former years
Behold its sculpture—and mark while you view it
The pretty little house sticking to it.
The citizens of Bath, with vast delight
To hide their noble Church from vulgar sight.
Surround its walls with chimney pots!
Surely from these designs so pur, so chaste,
Bath has been called the emporium of taste.

–Q. in the Corner, Rough Sketches of Bath and Other Poems (Bath: 1817)

Minobu-gawa ura Fuji

The view is from the southeast while the poem describes the houses along the north end of the abbey, which were pulled down by Marshall Wade to create Wade’s Passage, an unobstructed view down High Street to the Abbey. Perhaps not, I believe Wade’s Passage was created in the early 18th century. The Japanese print is Hokusai’s “Minobu-gawa ura Fuji.”

070512.Widcombe, Walls

May 14, 2007 at 5:19 AM | Posted in Bath, Chisel Marks, Gardens & Parks, Light and Shadow, somerset, Trees, Widcombe | 6 Comments

This is on Perrymead Road, just off of Pope’s Walk leading to Perrymead Roman Catholic Cemetery in Widcombe, Bath.
Dwelling on an earlier post
, I wonder what everyone thinks about favoring either the roots or foliage of a tree. In this dissected post, both photos are from the same tree and illustrate the same theme. Below, the roots have undermined a nearby Bath Stone retaining wall and the tree essentially has been molded to supplant the wall. Above, the yellowish green foliage has been around Bath for a few months. It might not even be that color anymore. To me, it’s a reminder that I’ve missed the chance to get some of the good panoramic winter shots of Bath. The trunk that became a block in the wall now has leaves that block my view. This wasn’t planned as a post, I’m somewhat busy now and stuck by a computer so expect……………….

070513.Bridgport, Tito: Yugo Where I Go, Montenegro.

May 13, 2007 at 5:49 AM | Posted in Monuments and Memorials, Overcast, Preservation, somerset | 13 Comments

I ran out of words that rhymed, please continue if you can. Of course, this isn’t actually a Yugo but a Reliant something or other (Rialto?) for sale at a Yugo dealership, the type of car Mr Bean keeps sabotaging (Reliant Regal Supervan III). Apparently an appeal of three wheels to drivers was that it only required a motorcycle license to drive. There are enthusiasts out there who may or may not travel in three-wheeler packs, look out world.

Here, the mighty Reliant majestically hovers. Such, such a futuristic car…and it — it’s for sale?!
UK Promotional Poster.
Saw this Yugo dealership near the bus stop in the Eastover section of Bridgport, Somerset. As far as I can remember, my only familiarity with the Yugo was seeing it from a news broadcast after American bombs had destroyed the factory and several of these gremlin-like machines were hanging loosely off shredded assembly lines. However, here I have photos of the Reliant Robin, Reliant Regal and Reliant Rialto. Even though they are somewhat infamous, I figured these characteristically British cars and needed to be posted. The fact that they were at a Yugo dealership was all the better, since I know nothing about either Reliant or Yugo and now had a chance to look them up.


–Interesting Yugo Trivia–

Yugos were built by Zastava, an arms manufacturer founded in 1853, which only went into the automobile industry in the 1930s to supply Fords to the Yugoslav army.
“When it was first brought to America, the Zastava Yugo only cost $3,990 USD (Approximately $7,330 2006 USD).”
“Zastava employees report that Yugo cars destined for American export underwent much more-stringent quality-control procedures than domestic models.”
Still, it was voted “Worst Car of the Millenia” by the influential NPR radio program Car Talk.
“24-year-old Leslie Pluhar’s Zastava Yugo was blown completely off the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan during a strong wind. High speed was to blame.”

(Above photo: It really does settle into the pavement, like it belongs. )

–Yugo Testimonials–

Negative – “I once test drove a Yugo, during which the radio fell out, the gear shift knob came off in my hand, and I saw daylight through the strip around the windshield.
Positive – “At least it had heated rear windows–so your hands would stay warm while you pushed.”
Negative – “The Yugo’s first stop after the showroom was the service department: ‘Fill ‘er up and replace the engine!'”
Positive – “Did You Remember to Bring in the Car?” (read full text.)
Negative – “Any time we made a right hand turn, we all had to lean to the right to prevent the driver’s side rear tire from scraping against the wheel well.

Wow, imagine the power trip you’d get sitting in your own Reliant.

–Yugo In Popular Culture (OK, only The Simpsons)–

In the episdore titled “Mr. Plow,” (and stop with this pretentious entitled business; I see it everywhere, a name is not entitled to anything) Homer goes to “Crazy Vaclav’s Place of Automobiles” to test drive an unnamed vehicle from a country that “no longer exists.” Homer is instructed to “put [the car] in ‘H,’” which is apparently a reference to ‘Neutralan,’ the Serbian word for neutral, spelled in the Cyrillic alphabet “Неутралан.” The gears displayed are Б, И, Ш and Н.

070512. 7/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

May 12, 2007 at 4:21 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Foggy & Misty, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Overcast, somerset, Towers, Walcot | 10 Comments

See the series so far!

Koshu Kajikazawa
View of Bath Abbey and Bath looking south from St Stephen’s Church tower in Walcot compared with Hokusai’s Koshu Kajikazawa. The hill covered in the background fog is Lyncombe Hill and Beechen Cliff.

The little white dormers and chimney caps resemble the foamy waves but perhaps this is not the best match. Should I have gotten someone to stand on those trees and fish, or erect a electric/telephone pole and cast out lines down to the city?

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