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LTB – intermission between destinations

After Northumberland, our route took us to Southwell, Nottinghamshire. This was intended simply as an overnight rest stop and was not supposed to be particularly special. A pleasant surprise awaited.

Our route took us part Newcastle upon Tyne / Gateshead and we turned off the motorway for a quick look at the Angel of the North. This is either monstrous or nice, I can't decide. Can you?

The Wikipedia entry on it says: "The work faced considerable opposition during its design and construction phases, but is now widely recognised as an iconic example of public art and as a symbol of Gateshead and of the wider North East".

Anyway, we stretched our legs, snapped it, and drove on to Southwell, stopping here (Lord knows where but very nice!), for a picnic lunch en route:

(iPhone pic)

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Southwell was a funny place because it stank of money, demonstrated by the large number of clearly expensive fashion and other shops on its little high street. (Our AirB&B hosts later explained that this was because there is a railway station 15 minutes' drive from the town from where a high-speed train can whip one to London in a little over an hour: the town is therefore favoured by footballers, BBC and ITV 'personalities', etc etc)

Our AirB&B flat was above the owner's French restaurant. They had totally re-decorated the flat during the lockdown in a sweetly over-the-top style (they had previously let it out as student lodgings). I took some iPhone pics — enjoy! (click to enlarge)

The owners turned out to be an Englishman and his French-Algerian/Moroccan wife. My Morroco connection led to things becoming very friendly and we had a great time; hospitality became so warmly North African that we were given coffee and freshly-made and truly excellent croissants in the restaurant the next morning before we left. I'm sorry we don't have a picture of them but anyone going to Southwell should definitely visit their restaurant, called La Parisienne: we looked at the menu and I seriously regretted not being able to stay in the town until lunchtime. Madame also promised to make us a couscous should we ever pass that way again.

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Next post will be Devon...

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bobgraef
bobgraef
Jul 23, 2021

Any art, old masters, modern masters, etc., will be liked and appreciated by only a small percentage of the public. This makes any public art undemocratic, disliked by the majority. Therefor it should be avoided, especially not paid for with public funds or displayed on public property. Leave that to the private sector. This work looks rather like an old 'plane that "bought the farm".

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David
David
Jul 23, 2021
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It’s big, so it’s got to be good! It was useful to us: there were bushes in the park around it and we all went for a piss (we weren’t the first, either!)

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