The Anonymous Widower

Summoned By Bells

When I saw the pictures of the new bells for Southwark Cathedral, I just had to go and have a look.

It was just as well I did, as after the dedication yesterday, they will not be on view, but hanging in the belfry.

January 10, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Exploring The Historic Centre Of Las Palmas

I took a 30 bus from the port to the bus station at San Telmo and walked to the cathedral and back.

There is a lot to see as the pictures show.

November 7, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Around Blackburn Station

I stayed in the Premier Inn by Blackburn station and I took these pictures of the area around the station and the nearby Blackburn cathedral.

It is an arrangement, that gives the visitor a good welcome to the town. It has the scent of the unexpected about it.

Note these points about the station and the trains.

  • The station has recently been rebuilt, but the new trains won’t arrive for a couple of years.
  • There are a lot of direct trains across the North from the station to places like Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester, Preston and York, with a couple of rural branch lines in the interesting category.
  • Station staff are not very numerous, when you need them.
  • You’ll have to hunt the ticket machine.
  • There is a Booking Office for buying Ranger and Rover tickets.
  • Some parts of the station are showing poor quality construction.
  • A return ticket up the Clitheroe Line to Clitheroe cost me £2.50 with a Railcard.

I think with the new trains and some more services, things can only get better.

I might even close the Booking Office, put two ticket machines on each main platform group; 1 to 3 and 4, and get the staff more visible.

In the morning, I had a walk around the part of the town centre nearest to the station.

  • There are no maps and just a few finger posts, but it’s not really a place to get lost.
  • I bought my paper in a convenient Morrisons about two hundred metres from the station.
  • I made the mistake going into the large Shopping Centre, but it was designed like a maze and I didn’t find what I was looking for.
  • One gem, I did find later was Cafe Northcote in the Cathedral, where I had an extremely delicious gluten-free egg sandwich.

You could certainly waste an hour or so enjoyably in Blackburn, whilst waiting for a train.

If I compare it to various mid-size towns and cities, where you might miss an hourly train home or get seriously delayed, you get the following.

  • Brighton, Cambridge, Liverpool Lime Street, Oxford and Reading – Acceptable for everybody including gluten-free, as there’s an M&S Simply Food in the station.
  • Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich – Except for hot drinks and sandwiches, there’s nothing. And you’re away from the centre!
  • Derby, Doncaster, Leicester, Nottingham and York – Dreadful, if like me you’re gluten-free.
  • Rochester – You’re just across the road from the centre.
  • Romford and Southend – You’re in the large town centre, with an M&S, pubs and cafes nearby.

In addition to being better than many in my list, in my view, Blackburn is certainly a better place to get stuck than Blackpool, Burnley or Preston.

Blackburn has certainly raised the stakes about creating a welcoming station.


October 16, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 3 Comments

Around And In The Cathedral of Saint Domnius

The Cathedral of Saint Domnius is Split’s catholic cathedral, the earliest part of which is Emperor Diocletian’s mausoleum, which was built in the third century.

This is obviously a genuine Roman Catholic cathedral.

May 11, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta

St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is one of the world’s great cathedrals.

It takes your breath away.

January 28, 2015 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

It’s Not Christmas Is It?

This picture of Southwark Cathedral was taken on Christmas Eve in 2014.

It's Not Christmas Is It?

It’s Not Christmas Is It?

Not very Christmasy!

December 25, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Walking Between Rochester And Strood Stations

I took the South Eastern Class 395 and explored Rochester.

I walked along the High Street, visited the cathedral, castle and the museum before crossing the Rochester Bridge to get the train home from Strood.

November 26, 2014 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , | 2 Comments

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough is one of my favourite cathedrals, but it is generally underrated by tourists and often is quite empty.

Now that the square in front of the cathedral has been restored and upgraded, it must become a place more likely to be visited.

I particularly liked their little exhibition, which described the construction and history of the cathedral. They were particularly honest about relics and their collection.

December 31, 2013 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

Exploring Bordeaux

These are some of the pictures I took walking around Bordeaux.

It is an easy city to navigate, although a few more maps would help. But there is always a small one at evrery tram stop.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Bilbao Cathedral

Bilbao Cathedral was closed on the Monday.

But I did get a chance to see it on the Tuesday before I left.

December 9, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment