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A day in Winchester no 2, 31st August 2016

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No visit to Winchester would be complete without popping your head around the doors of the cathedral. In the early afternoon we queued for tickets in the nave, no passing without them, and managed to get on to a little tour which actually gave us loads of information we would not have known otherwise. Going on a tour is a little challenging to a photographer and I was always at the end of the trail and frequently missed an important nugget dropping from the lips of our guide. Here is the photographic history of our progression. All taken with the Zeiss Batis 25mm lens on the Sony. We started in the nave and then passed though the chancel where lies the stone tomb of the Bishop of Winchester, Prince Henry of Blois who died in the 12th century. Work began on the stone 'Great Screen', which stands behind the alter in 1455. It was knocked about a bit during the reformation, but the saints heads were replaced in the 19th century. The font is 12th century and was carved from a sing…

A day in Winchester no 1, 31st August 2016

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Last summer I spent some time in Winchester.  Mike and I spent a day 'doing' the city. We started at the military museum, home of the Royal Hampshire Regiment and the barracks, now converted to rather smart apartments.. We followed on looking in the 13th Century Great Hall, where hangs the Round Table of legend! and a rather ugly statue of Queen Victoria which seems to have been left there as if nowhere else could be thought of to house her. Then to Westgate, which I did not photograph due to being surrounded by vans, but we did take some photographs from the roof and Mike was regaled at length by the curator. And finally we walked to to the cathedral which will figure in the next blog.















The hands will have it

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A few snapshots from a brief pub visit with Alan and Michael. Michael looks far more relaxed!








Sainsbury Centre, 29th August 2016

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We paid a visit to the Sainsbury Centre, my first and hopefully to be followed by more. They had on two temporary exhibitions, one on Cartier Bresson and one on Giacometti, of whose sculptures they have a number in their permanent collection. I was really impressed by the building, a Norman Foster design, actually having some similarities to the facade of Stansted Airport. We saw the Cartier Bresson and the Giacometti, and, because Iain was in a wheel chair we came in to the Giacometti by the rear of the building which was even more interesting from a photographic point of view. Here are the pictures, starting with the Cartier Bresson exhibition, then the permanent collection. Following then on to the Giacometti and the exterior of the building with the Henry Moore stature.  In the garden I was photographing a rather strange dog. It's owner came up to me, rather belligerently at first, to ask me what I was doing. I said I was srtuck by his dog and he said it was a dingo. The fact…