All posts tagged: rumination

The mystery of the White Horse

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Tucked away in the hills of Oxfordshire, England, amid the upper slopes of the unassuming parish of Uffington, lies a series of winding trenches filled with crushed white chalk. Standing between the scoured lines offers only a hint of what their elegant convergence conveys from afar: a stylised representation of a horse, its sinewy, curlicue limbs outstretched in mid-gallop. Some 365 feet in length from head to tail, the White Horse of Uffington isn’t the […]

This is not a protest

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My stroll around York today led to a serendipitous pint at the Guy Fawkes Inn, birthplace of the infamous anti-establishmentarian and the only establishment in the city still illuminated by gas lamp. The subdued Victorian lighting lends the bar an antiquated charm. The walls are painted black to hide the staining haloes of accumulated soot around the forged iron filaments, and in the corners of the rooms stands medieval armour (including a complete suit that […]

You know you need a career change when…

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Your journey to the office, like many people’s, doesn’t much veer from the following standard going-to-work fare. You hurriedly lock the door behind you and crash onto the street. It may be raining, but invariably this is the first you know about it but you’ll miss your bus if you attempt to go back inside, unlock the door and find a broken umbrella. So, Wanda-like and flailing, you head for the end of the road. […]