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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

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — 邱吉爾堤壩

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — 邱吉爾堤壩

跳島連接的堤壩,既有幸冠上邱吉爾之名,自然有點名堂。

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。

Bristol in the Rain (1)

When: the rainiest weekend of the nascent 2018 Where: Under Brunel’s magnificent arch, Temple Meads station And there I was, staring at the map whilst sheltering from the downpour, trying to navigate my way to town.

威爾斯鐵路夏行– Welshpool・池上園林

雖有說名字決定命運,但Welshpool是個偽命題。不論是在歷史洪流中還是現今,這裡不是威爾斯的首府,也不是文化語言的重鎮,反而是英格蘭領主們搞羊毛貿易的根據地。相比日後遊記會寫到的地方,Welshpool沒有特別「塞外」的感覺。

Searching for Hong Kong in Liverpool

The Second City of the Empire; the most important commercial port; the city of dreams for immigrants; the melting pot and hub of popular culture. From a window on Albert Dock, I contemplated the high praises lavished upon Liverpool. Yet, I cannot help but think that these titles were fittings to another city halfway across the world as well. The Hong Kong of the past; the Hong Kong that I did not really know.

利物浦的香港印象

在春天還不甚和暖的陽光下,站在港口貨倉旁的岸邊,一眺兩岸的風光。這裡是帝國年代的第二城市,重要的商業港,移民城市,文化融爐,流行文化輸出之地。 我到了利物浦。然而以上這句所描寫的,到底是利物浦,還是七八十年代的香港呢?

漫遊《咆哮山莊》之山野— Haworth

在她短暫的一生中,Emily就只寫了一部小說,然而《咆哮山莊》絕非菜鳥作品:兩主角Heathcliff和Catherine之間的愛恨情仇,就足而讓小說升華成英國文學的經典悲劇之一。《咆哮山莊》的背景,正是Haworth附近,勃朗特三姊妹成長遊玩的荒野。

Eltham Palace: 南倫敦的大亨府第

兩夫婦找來著名的建築師,再花上數年時間把將Eltham大重修。也許新派建築設計總會惹人反感,建築師妥協的沒對室外做什麼翻天覆地的改變;然而大宅的室內才是精髓所在,甚至可謂二十世紀室內設計的顛峰之作。

北愛爾蘭・(倫敦)德里 抗戰數十年

北愛爾蘭・(倫敦)德里 抗戰數十年

德里的成名作,卻是一聽來很無聊的問題:城市到底叫什麼名字呢?較常用的名稱是Derry德里;但官方名字卻是Londonderry倫敦德里。

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