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Browsing Posts published in October, 2018

Southwark Cathedral is an Anglican place of worship tucked away on the South bank of the River Thames, close to Borough Market and London Bridge Station in London, England There has been a place of worship at the site from the 11th century and possibly as far back as the 7th century.

Today, I visited the Willow Tea Rooms at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.  The interior and facade were designed by Glasgow’s most famous architect/designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) whose key achievement was the design of places to be inhabited. The street name ‘Sauchiehall’  means ‘alley of the willows’ and throughout the rooms Mackintosh used the willow motif.

The Golden Hinde was a 16th century warship which circumnavigated the world between 1577 and 1580 under Francis (later Sir Francis) Drake. The original Golden Hinde was, effectively, a pirate ship enjoying tacit support of Queen Elizabeth I whose main target was the lumbering Spanish galleons loaded with gold and silver in transit from South America to Spain. The Golden Hinde had a speed of about seven knots compared to the three-four knots of the galleons.