one day at a time…
Wednesday, 21 April 2004

Pix Of The Day: Magic Memories From My Mindscape
CREDIT: © Charles Winpenny/CornwallCAM.co.uk
WHERE: the English county of Somerset, England. WHAT:
MAP: Minehead, and Stogumber. Thumbnail clicks pop-up larger images.
Butlin's Minehead © Charles WinpennyStogumber Station © Charles Winpenny
Ian Scott-Parker writes: CornwallCAM.co.uk webmaster Charles Winpenny is taking a short break in the nearby county of Somerset. The panorama of the seaside town of Minehead brought on another attack of anecdotage, a recurrent ailment that is beginning to weaken my already tenuous grip on both reality and the present.

More years ago than I care to remember (that is to say well after WWII but before the Sixties), following the success of our first holiday, our second family holiday was a long trip south in our first car, a Standard Vanguard Phase III. Delayed by a problem with the linkage bolts in the column gear shift, we arrived in Minehead late at night, found a piece of open ground, and set up camp.

Early the following morning we were rudely awoken by the sound of heavy earth moving equipment, which had arrived on site that very day to begin construction of the latest Billy Butlin's holiday camp, seen on the right hand side of the panorama!

The train in the Stogumber Station picture somehow looks incomplete without an appropriately expressive Thomas the Tank Engine face: for this you will have your own memories, or know only the modern multiple media cross marketed version.

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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)