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My Favourite Towns of Britain – Lerwick

The Shetland islands are the northernmost archipelago of the British Isles; and although several villages lie further to the north, Lerwick is by far the largest settlement. As such, it is home to the a lot of northernmost facilities in the U.K.: from department stores to industrial estates, from bus stations to Chinese restaurants. It does make touring the unremarkable bits of town all that more interesting. If anything, it’s nice to be able to brag.

My Favourite Towns of Britain – Aberystwyth

Just the word "Aberystwyth" conjures up the image of Celtic mystery. Nobody knows how to pronounce the name; nobody know where the town is situated. Perhaps the only “town” deserving of this epithet in mid-Wales, it’s at least a three hour drive from anywhere resembling a major city: if travelling from London, it’s generally quicker to reach the Mediterranean. By rail, it’s the terminus of a single spur, spitting off from the already little-trafficked Cambrian Coast line. It’s very much end of the journey, and worthy for that alone.

Norwich – Norfolk’s Pleasant Surprise

There I was, as per usual, hitting the (rail)road last bank holiday weekend. My journey took me to East Anglia....

St. George’s Day – 聖佐治日. 何謂English的意義

自問了解英國傳統,但老實說我也忘了本日是聖佐治日。為何聖佐治日的慶祝活動這麼克制,是個錯綜複雜的文化政治命題

Sheffield 錫菲・Park Hill 彩虹邨的回影

這曾是歐洲最大的公共住宅群,六十年代烏托邦理想主義的產物。從香港的角度出發,自然聯想起公屋:長方塊的組成,帶有幾分石硤尾邨的影子;依顏色辦認,又想起彩虹邨呢。

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — Orkney的意大利

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — Orkney的意大利

你被運到敵國的戰俘營裡。你被送到最北最北的,你在腦海中地圖也找不見的某個小島。這裡很陰很濕很冷,時時不見天日。

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — 聖瑪嘉烈之希望

South Ronaldsay是Orkney群島中最南的一個。我坐著旅遊巴大小的巴士;直到最後總站。St. Margaret's Hope是小島上唯一能勉強叫做村落的地方,因為是個來回蘇格蘭的接駁港,是以路闊落得足夠讓貨櫃車經過;只是早上的「繁忙時段」(約五架貨櫃車)已過,靜悄悄的街道,正好配合水平如鏡的岸景。

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — Orkney明信片(1)

我到Orkney,被人問得最多的,是「為什麼」。即使在英國人之間,Orkney也不是個有名的旅遊點;在日常生活中常被忽略跳過的一處;加上長年被雨雲風暴籠罩,實在是個神秘的失落島嶼云云。

Postcards from Orkney (2)

I soldier on in the Orkneys. Today, for a couple of history lesson. The Harbour at St. Margaret’s Hope, South...

Postcards from Orkney (1)

Orkney: an island group about 10 miles north of the Top End of Scotland. With its treasures and histories shrouded...

不列顛・最後邊疆記(1) — 高地隱世城堡 Dunrobin

2018初夏,乘著有點瘋狂的藍天白雲,從倫敦一路向北,穿過北英格蘭、愛丁堡、高地、尼斯湖。還是未夠北。

Whitby — 德古拉山下

雖說偏遠,但Whitby甚受遊客歡迎,在這熱熱夏日,市集可是車水馬龍。 便先去逛景點吧。Whitby的地標,是原來的修道院Whitby Abbey,聳立在海旁的山崗上,從山下要走上過百級的天梯才能到達。現在雖只剩下在敗柳殘垣,但卻是國際級的熱點-原因無他,來自一本小說Dracula《德古拉》。吸血鬼也。

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