June 16, 2008 at 15:53 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


“Earth hath not anything to show more fair,” reflected (in tranquility) William Wordsworth after standing on Westminster Bridge. But then, the Old Goat of the Lake District never stood on Walney Bridge to admire the view. Well he wouldn’t have done; it wasn’t built until fifty-eight years after he died. If he had, he might have concluded that the Great Wen and its stinking river were but a pale shadow of this vista of his beloved Lakeland Mountains. Look out for (left to right) Black Combe, White Combe, Kirkfell, Scafell, Scafell Pike (highest point in England), Esk Pike, Steeple, Pillar, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Dow Crag, Coniston Old Man, Wetherlam and Helvellyn. Actually the Nikoff never renders them very well; it’s much more impressive when you’re there. I’ll have another go if we get a really clear day.

Yes, I know you can see the join. I haven’t got all day you know!

*Panoramix is the druid in the Gaulish home of Astérix and friends, just as the dog is Idéfix and the Village Chief is Abraracourcix and the Bard is Assurancetourix. And don’t let any francophobe kid you otherwise!


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  1. I’m a bit lost but never mind. I like the boats laid out at low tide on the right – a neat pic in itself that.

    What is the black dot to the left of the join?

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