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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Art

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Damien Hirst sculpture at the RWA, Bristol ‘Charity’. It really seems to make sense now in this economic downfall.

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David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art, London showing landscape paintings, ipad prints and videos of Yorkshire and a few of California. AMAZING! Following the tradition of Gainsborough but in his unique way.

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The 2 hour queue in the morning!

A trip to Falmouth in March

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Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1539 as part of a national building programme of coastal artillery forts to protect England from French and Spanish invasion.

Henry’s fort has four main elements: a guardhouse, a forebuilding, a central round tower and a surrounding gun platform called the ‘chemise’.

It was designed as a gun fort and from the middle of the 17th Century was used as accommodation, offices, an officer’s mess and storage. During the Second World War it became the headquarters of the Falmouth Fire Command.

The guard barracks were built in 1700 and are the earliest surviving barracks in England. They accommodated the guard and later used as a hospital, a schoolroom and a carpenter’s workshop. The northern block was altered in the early 20th Century to provide a modern guardroom and detention cells for badly behaved soldiers.

The block is kept in the period of the First World War. Thousands of troops passed through The castle for training.

I explored the castle and took some photos.

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The entrance to the castle.

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Coat of arms.

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Entrance.

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Gargoyle.

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View from the top.

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View of the Royal Garrison Artillery Barracks.

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The sea and lighthouse.

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Side of the castle.

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Circular side.

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The guard room.

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Fireplace and paintings in the guard room.

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Posters in the guard room.

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Soldiers suitcases.

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Fireplace and beautiful old map.

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Detention room.

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Guard detention room.

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Bed and barred window.

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Soldier’s lockers.

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Army poster.

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Women at home poster.

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Barrack detention room.

Rocks in Cornwall

My nephews playing on the rocks in Cornwall.

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Shops and shopping

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Antique shop, Falmouth.

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Antique ornaments.

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Fortnum and Mason’s fun windows, Piccadilly, London.

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Arty shop, Bristol.

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Polish shop, Bristol.

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Trendy shops, Falmouth.

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Antique shop, Falmouth.

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Old shop, Stokes Croft, Bristol.

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Vintage shop, Portobello Road, Notting Hill Gate.

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Close up.