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Old 03-06-2017, 10:26 AM
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an old school friend on the area we grew up..

One of my old primary school (elementary for the Americans) was just featured in an article from a local tourism board type website back home. He's just passed his 30 year mark in his first + only job... a gardener at one of the stately homes in the area:

http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/blog...-gardener-b184

When you get to the photo of the canal boats - my home for most of my childhood was about 200 yards to the left (north) of the first canal boat.

When I was a boy, the canal was in such disrepair, it would not hold water.. we would dig in the mud 'for treasure' - or for stuff to shoot with our pellet guns. We would find old bottles, clay pipe (mostly broken, but I found one whole one) and I even found a roman coin once... which the local museum told me had no value, but they would love me to donate to their collection... I still have it.... I lost at least a couple of boots to suction while digging in the mud+clay, I considered the coin payment...

The picture of the hills with the trees on - that's pretty much the view in a scene from the movie 1984 (made in 1984 and starring John Hurt) - when they filmed it, we went up there and messed about on the film set after hours... it's called 'Roundway Hill' - there was historic battle there in 1643 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Roundway_Down

Back to the friend - he's a very gentle fellow - one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I remember him as someone who would not have hurt a fly. 30 years in one job... just wow.

Anyway - I posted this as I've advised some folks about visits to Avebury + Stonehenge over the years - this might be a handy site - http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/
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Old timers have the pleasure of reminiscing about the old times, particularly, when they were good.
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That looks like a beautiful place.

Does looking at the pictures and reading about your friend make you homesick?
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One of my old primary school (elementary for the Americans) was just featured in an article from a local tourism board type website back home. He's just passed his 30 year mark in his first + only job... a gardener at one of the stately homes in the area:
I wish my old school buddy story was as nice. Elementary school buddy of mine killed 2 and left a number of folks paralyzed. He's serving life in prison. But if you think ab it.. he'll also be in the same place for at LEAST 30 years.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:15 PM
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That looks like a beautiful place.

Does looking at the pictures and reading about your friend make you homesick?
a little. I miss the english countryside + pubs.
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a little. I miss the english countryside + pubs.
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Wow, very nice place you grew up at, I would miss that place as well.
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this is the Wadworth Brewery in my home town:



they still deliver beer around town by Shire Horse:



The town's market square holds an open air market every Thursday - it surrounds the fountain + the Ruth Pierce Memorial - which is where I caught the school bus every morning, Monday thru Saturday (yes, I went to school 6 days a week - although it was sports 3 afternoons a week):

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I had a project that took me to Bristol a few times. I'd stay in Bath and spend the weekends exploring SE England. It's the most beautiful place I've ever seen. The dead of winter was still tolerable. The springs, summers, and falls there were glorious. If it wasn't for the cost of living, taxes, gun control, and nationalized health care, we'd move there for retirement.
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I had a project that took me to Bristol a few times. I'd stay in Bath and spend the weekends exploring SE England. It's the most beautiful place I've ever seen. The dead of winter was still tolerable. The springs, summers, and falls there were glorious. If it wasn't for the cost of living, taxes, gun control, and nationalized health care, we'd move there for retirement.
my home town is 20 miles from Bath, 20 miles from Swindon and 20 miles from Stonehenge (approx).
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My cousin's a card-carrying Druid. He was jealous as Hell that I got to go to Stonehenge.

My only bad experience in England was in a Pizza Hut in London. I just wanted dinner, not an adventure. I pick-ed up a slice of my pepperoni and anchovy pizza and started gnawing on it. The whole restaurant got quiet and everybody was starring at me. I realized that everybody else were eating their pizza with a fork. I couldn't resist stuffing more of it in my mouth and with my mouth full asking the closest person starring at me "WTF you lookin' at?" Since it was gun-less England, I didn't have to worry about him... poppin'' a cap in my ass.

My Brit' host suggested that we take the canal walk from downtown Bath back to my hotel after dinner... in the dark. I said "You got to be ****ing kidding me." But, it was totally safe. Here, if you're alone you're in danger. Swindon and Bristol seemed like more of a rough area, though. But, "rough" in England isn't the same as "rough" here.

I ended up at the track at Castle Combe on open track day. Some guy was thumping around in a Z8 at speed. It's rare to see one, much less seeing one doing what it was built to do.
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it's funny at the neolithic monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow etc, you can feel 'something'. I don't pretend to be all that "in-tune" to that kind of stuff, but there is 'something' there.

I agree about the canal - we used to walk or cycle home via the towpath - it was never a problem until one day the water dept had installed a large pump with rigid hoses and my brother and I hit it going at a good lick on our bicycles - we both ended up in the hedge and I recall we both damaged our bikes - that's what happens when you cycle home after a few beers I guess...

As for Swindon + Bristol - yes, they're probably 'rougher' than Bath - the former 2 are more blue-collar towns and the later is very definitely a white-collar place. But Swindon + Bristol are a lot more spread out as well. I lived in Swindon for a couple of years and it was a fun place for a young guy to live + play.
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