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Not from my neck of the woods but looked it up having just finished a Peter Robinson novel. The Strid near Bolton abbey, is, according to some people, the most dangerous stretch of river in the world (clickbait discounted of course). Well I didn't know until i read about it:
 

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How big was that? A large model rather than a full sized longship?
Dunno .. I didn't take the pics. They do this every year, local business owners sponsor them. It looks to be about 20ft to me?.
 

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Not from my neck of the woods but looked it up having just finished a Peter Robinson novel. The Strid near Bolton abbey, is, according to some people, the most dangerous stretch of river in the world (clickbait discounted of course). Well I didn't know until i read about it ...
We have a thread dedicated to the Strid and its dangers:

The Strid (AKA Bolton Strid: River Wharfe, Yorkshire)
https://forums.forteana.org/index.p...ka-bolton-strid-river-wharfe-yorkshire.65043/
 

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If you've desired to own Australia's largest potato, now's your chance!

Robertson's famous Big Potato for sale for $920,000

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If you've always wanted to own the famous Big Potato, here's your chance.
Owners Heather and Neil Tait, who own the supermarket next door, have put the land housing the potato up for sale.

The big spud, located at 80 Hoddle Street, Robertson, in the NSW Southern Highlands, has a price guide of $920,000.
https://www.southernhighlandnews.co...-listed-for-sale-with-920k-price-tag/?cs=9397
 

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We locals do refer to it as ' the big poo'. You could always rename it. Surely, as an attraction, more people would come to visit a giant turd than a potato?
There's already a hotel designed as a colon and anus somewhere, I can't remember where it is though.

The potato tour .. skip to 5:42 unless you enjoy watching someone pack a suitcase

 
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Fed up with being stuck at home, Miss Yith and I donned masks and gloves and went out in the bright but blustery weather. Without planning it, we ended up climbing a local hill and found ourselves in a lovely late-afternoon world of budding fir trees and long shadows.

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Korea is suffering fatigue after around a month of normal life having been suspended, and despite the government calling for a 'final push' on social distancing to allow schools and businesses to re-open in a fortnight (possibly), a lot of people I saw were congregating in the cafes and restaurants that have been closed or mostly empty of late.

According, we bought our bread and olive oil, drove past the outlet mall and headed to the tomb of King Injo. It was late afternoon, the tickets cost us about 60p each and there were only half a dozen other people present, so we practically had the place to ourselves. Just as we were leaving, we saw three large hawks circling high over the burial mound, which was most... evocative.

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Birthday excursion around Incheon and a couple of nearby islands with Mrs & Miss Yith.

Highlights:
  • Being stopped at an army checkpoint to have our temperatures taken with those thermometer pistols.
  • Literally hauling a toddler out of a lake (who leaves a seven-year-old in charge of a three-year-old?)
  • Eating freshly-battered shrimp and dark cherry & chocolate cake.
  • Exploring the harbour and watching a huge ship from Kuching mooring.
  • Watching the sunrise.
  • Dodging seagulls everywhere!
  • The best weather yet this year.
  • Sunset--as you can see.
They might take a minute to load, but it's worth clicking to full-screen these. We didn't see a cloud all day.

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The government wants another week of social distancing, but there wasn't much in evidence in Seoul today. Beautiful weather brought you large numbers (including my family) and although the vast majority were wearing masks, I did insist that we wander off the beaten track a bit to get some peace and quiet, quite apart from any viral risks. The river is the Han and the mountains in the background of one of the shots is Bukhansan, where I have hiked many times.

My daughter and I have a tradition of referring to any pylon (especially the ones with larger cable-supporting 'arms') as giant robots.

Nice spot.

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Just back after a day out. Weather patchy but nice at times and we found a couple of places for a walk that we'd never been to before.

I didn't take any pictures, but we found a bustling café that specialises in pies. The coffee was good (if overpriced), but it was clear that everybody present had come to indulge their sweet teeth: my daughter and wife had apple and cinnamon, while I went for 'Bumbleberry', which was a heavy-crusted raspberry, blueberry and blackberry pie with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

As I've mentioned before, the city in which we live was only developed in the 90s, having been little more than a small town for the nine hundred years before that. This late development means, among other things, that it was intelligently designed to be bisected with an interlace of green corridors that allows residents to comfortably cross the city on foot. It's amazing to think that this riverbank scene is scarcely two miles from a high-rise neon city centre. The effusion of green has only arrived in the past two weeks along with the rising temperatures and sporadic showers. We were greeted on arrival by a soaring heron and discovered a dedicated picnic zone with about fifty families barbecuing on portable gas stoves while children played. We've already decided to follow suit in a week or three.

Final stop: Mexican restaurant for a king-sized shrimp chimichanga and a mojito--top day!

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