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Thursday 21 August 2003

Pix Of The Day: Change Among Permanent Provinces
CREDITS: © Ann Bowker/Mad About Mountains MAP: Murton and Dufton
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High Cup Nick 1 © Ann BowkerHigh Cup Nick 2 © Ann BowkerHigh Cup Nick 3 © Ann Bowker
One of the delights of the British landscape is that an afternoon drive can take a traveller through several different kinds of landscape in only a very few miles. Ann Bowker's web site usually features pictures of the mountains of the English Lake District, except of course when she is gadding about Scotland, or some far flung corner of the world that has a few mountains… but we are sure you know what we mean! Her current feature is a trip to the village of Murton, and the valleys and hills of the Pennine Chain, sometimes called the 'Backbone of England'. This must amuse the Albans, because the neck ends at Kirk Yetholm in Scotland, and presumably after that is where all the brains are located. Specifically Ann's goal was the landform feature of High Cup Nick. The contrast in landscape between the two geological provinces is clearly evident if you look at any of the images in Ann's Lakeland galleries.

Terry Smith passed this way for his Interesting Trekking Scenes. Terry started in a village named Dufton, which is not far from Ann's starting point in Murton. These settlements on the Pennine flank have a distinct ambience, unlike anywhere else I have ever been. The drive, or better yet the relatively unstressful route along the contours on a bicycle ride, from Warcop to Brampton is highly recommended.

Caricature Of The Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
Our caricature subject's birthday was celebrated yesterday.
IDENTITY LINK: click the image below. Click this text for a BIO-FINDER LINK.
Caricature Zone
American promoter (19- ). This man's official biography begins, "[He] coined the phrase, "Only in America." He lives it. He breathes it. He believes it. It's part of his soul. "Only in America can a [person like me] happen," explains [our subject]. "America is the greatest country in the world - I love America. What I've accomplished could not have been done anywhere else." Indeed. We have to agree. Nowhere else. It couldn't happen. We concur completely, and without qualification. This entry was prepared using the subject's own web site, which is a modest celebration of his achievements. Despite his detractors, and any reservations we may have had ourselves, we found it… urm… interesting.

Quotation Of The Day courtesy of Wordsmith.org

What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.
- Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1957)

On This Day: Random Fact courtesy of Reference.com

1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the Union.

We know a conspiracy theorist who asserts this was only done as part of a Strategic Reserves policy, because this is the only place in the USA where coffee grows. We report this stuff - we are not responsible for ensuring it has any worth.

Visit the Reference.com page for today, where you will find a fuller listing of facts about this day, with sections for holidays, events and births.

From Our 2002 Archive: - Wednesday 21 August 2002

Riotous Color © Charles WinpennyAfter yesterday's Antarctic monochromes, today we have splurged on a riot of color from Charles Winpenny at CornwallCAM.co.uk, where Charles often seems to follow the old adage, 'Take time to smell the roses'. If you check out his update for today there is a fine selection including Penzance promenade, Cornish beaches, and even an industrial landscape. Though he may be photographing factories, Charles' eye still doesn't miss the flowers!

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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)