When I say I have all my originals I mean every one - so all you thieves who tried to steal them - I have them all and had them all backed up three times over before you tried to mess with them so good luck! This is a pic I took of the Millennium Bridge looking over at St. Paul’s in 2015 on a weekend break to London with a former work colleague of mine. It was a brilliant weekend and both SHE and I visited all the sights. I hadn’t been there in a long, long time. There were just the three of us there - she and I and her daughter. I have absolutely no idea who the guy is here who was walking under the bridge. I was waiting for the bridge to clear and was hoping for just one person to get the balance right. He strolled In and fit the frame perfectly. The highlight of the trip (for me) was going to Shakespeare’s Globe and watching The Merchant of Venice and hearing Portia’s famous Quality of Mercy speech in the most authentic setting I could ever have envisaged. It was so very memorable, a speech I grew up listening to my gran recite a great many times. She frequently quoted Shakespeare and had read all the plays and was forever quoting from them. I can still hear her voice. She was an amazing woman. I adored her. London 2015. JJPPhotography (C) 2015. Taken with my Canon 700D plus 18-55mm lens. “The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings;
It is an attribute to God Himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.” - Shakespeare————————————————————————
Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto
Rowers near the famous Tower Bridge in London. The British capital has a unique relationship with its natural resources, parks are plenty and full of wildlife, and the river Thames is considered a symbol of the city. While mostly used for boats and public ferries, some take advantage of its relatively calm waters to practice sports.
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I recently found this unusual Royal farthing coin from King Charles I (1625 – 1649). It’s a mis-struck forgery which was probably made during the English Civil War that started in 1642. The government’s production of coins was disrupted because of the war, so counterfeit coins were often used out of necessity. King Charles refused to consult with Parliament for over ten years which is called the “Eleven Years' Tyranny.” Parliament took decisive action against the unpopular King which led to a war between the Royalists and Parliamentarians over the method of England's governance. After nine years of fighting, Parliament won the war, and the King was tried for treason and beheaded. The English monarchy was dissolved and replaced with the Commonwealth of England with Parliament established as the ruling power.
Today, the English governing system is again in complete disarray. Parliament has taken back power and has defeated the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. Hopefully, Parliament and the Prime Minister can work together, stop acting like children with selfish political ambitions, provide economic certainty and steer this country with bold, resolute leadership into a new phase of history (Brexit or no Brexit).