Hartlepool, County Durham / March 2015

We visited Hartlepool after Whitby to have a sleep and go to the Maritime Museum on the next day. It is an ordinary port city, however it was a main target of German attacks during WWI.

MONKEYS

Monkey’s and Hartlepool ? Yes, the legend comes from Napoleonic Wars:

Hartlepool is famous for allegedly executing a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars. According to legend, fishermen from Hartlepool watched a French warship founder off the coast, and the only survivor was a monkey, which was dressed in French military uniform, presumably to amuse the officers on the ship. The fishermen assumed that this must be what Frenchmen looked like and, after a brief trial, summarily executed the monkey.

Historians have pointed to the prior existence of a Scottish folk song called “And the Boddamers hung the Monkey-O”. It describes how a monkey survived a shipwreck off the village of Boddam near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Because the villagers could only claim salvage rights if there were no survivors from the wreck, they allegedly hanged the monkey. There is also an English folk song detailing the later event called, appropriately enough, “The Hartlepool Monkey”. In the English version the monkey is hanged as a French spy.

“Monkey hanger” and Chimp Choker are common terms of (semi-friendly) abuse aimed at “Poolies”, often from bitter footballing rivals Darlington. The mascot of Hartlepool United F.C. is H’Angus the monkey. The man in the monkey costume, Stuart Drummond, stood for the post of mayor in 2002 as H’angus the monkey, and campaigned on a platform which included free bananas for schoolchildren. To widespread surprise, he won, becoming the first directly-elected mayor of Hartlepool, winning 7,400 votes with a 52% share of the vote and a turnout of 30%. He was re-elected by a landslide in 2005, winning 16,912 on a turnout of 51% – 10,000 votes more than his nearest rival, the Labour Party candidate.

The monkey legend is also linked with two of the town’s sports clubs, Hartlepool Rovers RFC, which uses the hanging monkey as the club logo. On tours it would hang a monkey on the posts of the rugby pitch to spread the story. Hartlepool (Old Boys) RFC use a hanging monkey kicking a rugby ball as their tie crest.

Source: Wikipedia

Let’s go back to the Hartlepool Maritime Museum we have visited and enjoyed 🙂

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Hartlepool Maritime Museum

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Whitby / March 2015

Throwback to 2015 and great trip to Whitby 🙂

Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.

Source: Wiki

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Prague, Czech Republic / June 2017

I have been to Prague four or five times in my life so far, but every experience with this city is different. Prague is always great, every time I seem to explore more and deeper.

This time is was special occasion – my hen do ! with a couple of friends.

We went to the city centre at night, clubbed until dawn….

Later on (after few hours of sleep) we went to the city centre again to admire it in a daylight. My MUST SEE attractions this time were:

  • to climb an Old Clock Tower and have a view on Old city from above
  • to visit Golden Lane

Unfortunately, the tower was being renovated and we just had selfie with an Astronomical Clock.

At the end of the day, we reached the Castle and Golden Lane. Weather was lovely that day: clear sky and over 30 degrees !

All pics taken with Sony a58 and Sony 16-50 f2.8 plus polarizer

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Malham Cove and moor / April 2015

Throwback to April 2015 and my documentary on trip to Malham. It was lovely day. We have visited Malham Cove, Moors, Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janets Foss and walked probably over 13 miles / 20 kilometers !

Here you are:

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Brussels, Belgium / April 2017

Atomium is the greatest attraction in Brussels !

It is a building constructed for Expo1958. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (60 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It is now a museum. (Source: Wikipedia)

Admission: around 8 euros

Review: 4/5 – views are not perfect, but exhibitions and tubes are interesting 🙂

Tubes inside:

Around the city:

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