one day at a time…
Monday 22 September 2003

Pix Of The Day: Admiral Horatio Nelson & Batman
CREDITS: © Terry Smith/Trekking Scenes MAP: Pembrokeshire Coast NP
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Carreg Samson © Terry SmithThree of our regular CAM calls have vacationed in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in recent weeks: first to be featured was Peter Turner from MacclesfieldCAM, who was closely followed by Tony Richards from LakelandCAM, and finally Terry Smith from Trekking Scenes. We had to take them in that order, despite the actual chronology, because Terry covered his trip in a two part article, with a short delay between parts. We think that there may be even more pictures to follow! Both parts [1] [2] are now available.

Remembering a recent feature that included Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen, County Clare, Ireland, for this feature we chose Terry's shot of Carreg Samson (also known as Longhouse Cromlech), a Neolithic burial chamber built 5,000 years ago. Wales has many such ancient sites worth visiting, for both their historical importance and the woowoo energy, if you are receptive to either influence.

For history try David Nash Ford on the derivation of the place name, and for several good background pages try Pembroke Online. For the woowoo energy you must make your own arrangements: one writer in our research claimed to feel those giant rocks moving to and fro when he sat among them.

Visit Terry for some other great shots, and more details about the places he visited, including a cathedral and a hermitage, rock arches and stacks, George Eliot and on the plaque her unmentioned spiritual husband George Henry Lewes, Admiral (later Viscount) Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton with old Sir William in tow, and… Batman. Batman? Holy holiday happenings, whatever next?

On This Day In 2002: Family Picnic Nightmare - Sun 22 Sep 2002

Family Picnic Nightmare © Ian Scott-ParkerIt's a long story… visitors with larger monitors will be able to see the really big picture. We saw this extended limo parked across four bays at our local shopping mall, while the driver tried to figure out how to get it running again. A nightmarish scenario passed before our eyes: a party of whinging kids and disgruntled relatives, demanding to know when the transport would be fixed so they could continue on to their picnic.

A similar misfortune once befell us on a paupers' vacation to Yorkshire, England with a tiny Mini, converted from a van to a sedan, which was bad enough. On this scale we would have freaked… actually, we think we probably did.

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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)