Friday 28 February 2003
Pix of the Day: Journeys to the Extremities
CREDITS: © Charles Winpenny/www.CornwallCAM.co.uk.
MAPS: Lizard Point & Lizard Point with Land's End. Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Lizard Point is the southernmost extremity of mainland England. Cornwall's roving CAMera webmaster Charles Winpenny paid a visit there, and also to nearby Church Cove where he took the featured picture. Not too far away is England's most westerly point at Land's End. The two map links in the header of this item give coverage of both extremities. There is something very satisfying abut reaching such places, unless of course you are Alexander the Great who is reported to have wept when he realized there was no where else to conquer. I once visited Cape Finisterre in France, and felt rather disappointed: surely somewhere that the Romans called 'End of the Earth' should have a certain ambience? We decided to stop there for an al fresco lunch, after all there is nowhere to go but back when you have reached Finisterre. As we ate a ship in full sail came in to view, making the visit memorable. This had happened to me once before, that time in northern Scotland when I think it may have been the sail training ship Captain Scott, so I count myself lucky in such matters.
If you are quick to visit Charles' page (content changes daily, although links will be there for a few days), you will see information about Guglielmo Marconi's early experiments with radio, which were carried out on the Lizard. The nearby church of St. Wynwallow in the parish of Landewednack is England's most southerly church, which Charles visited, and there are pictures both inside and out.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)