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Tombstone tourist

It all started when I went searching for Anne Bronte‘s grave in St Mary’s churchyard, Scarborough. I liked what I did.  Then I notice myself courting stiff neck as I try to hold on to sights of roadside graveyards or cemeteries from inside speeding cars or coaches.

Seriously, graveyards? and enjoying time in them? I wondered if I have just become odd or something.

It’s a relief to discover there’s a name for people who “have a passion for cemeteries or graveyards:” tapophile or tombstone tourist. These individuals are interested in “epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art, and history of (famous) deaths.”

I practice my subtraction table in cemeteries. My imagination goes loose on what had life been possibly like for those of them who have gone ahead.


The farther back the year, the more fascinating to me.  I found epitaphs from the 1600s. Some were fading. Others could be older.


A few gravestones could be mistaken for slabs of cement for people to walk on. I ended up looking like I was playing skipping stones.



– a church and graveyard in the Yorkshire Moors –


Back in Thailand I took this photo of a Suffolk Regiment soldier’s headstone. He’s among the oldest buried in the POW Cemetery in Kanchanaburi. Most of the others were in their early 20s. I still don’t like war even if the value of my gold goes up in its wake.

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Deport Piers Morgan?

Piers Morgan at CES 2011.

Piers Morgan at CES 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is how I saw things through my anglophile glasses: that CNN interview was a  one-way rant. At its height I thought American radio host and gun advocate Alex Jones was going to eat Piers Morgan alive.  Questions could not be asked smoothly. The air reeked of hypertension. I was worried and excited to see what could have been next.

Under the circumstances Piers Morgan’s facial expression remained as calm throughout as it was charmed when he gazed at Susan Boyle to comment on her BGT performance.

Keywords blared: guns, control, petition, constitution, second amendment, signatures….

“Deport Piers Morgan” slid on screen.

As far as my definition-skimming goes, to deport is “to expel a foreigner from a country, typically on the grounds of illegal status or for having committed a crime.”

The White House response sounds fair enough. Like what else could it be…?

And I only thought of deport as being sent back to one’s country. England would not be a bad place to get sent to now, would it? I mean you’re treading on lawn de anglophile 🙂

I still wished my apartment subscribed to BBC.

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According to We Know Memes, this is “the most British picture ever taken.”  There’s the flag! But even if I wasn’t an anglophile, two things in this picture  appeal to me – the dog and the man’s smile. Talking of dogs I remember I played with one in the Yorkshire Moors. And that gives me an idea for my next post. 🙂

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The Electrical Experimenter, August 1916. Volu...

The Electrical Experimenter, August 1916. Volume 4 Number 4. The page numbers were on an annual base, not per issue. This issue had pages 225 to 304. Page 296 is shown. The Experimenter Publishing Company would fill unsold space the hotel ads and receive vouchers as payment. They would give these vouchers wholesalers, advertisers and others with whom they did business. (Wikipedia)

A bloggity friend posted a shoutout on FB:


Advertiser X: Hey Leslie, the anchor text is correct however the destination url needs to be fixed. Please, take a look and let me know if you don’t know what I am talking about.

British: Hi Leslie, Yes in the office around 9 – just had some meetings so sorry for the delayed reply 🙂 I have put in the extra links I wanted so the articles are all ready to go! They are attached as word docs.

I commented: this is why I’m an anglophile.

I’m gonna go eat crumpet.  😉

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Fence around the Colliery Village inside Beamish

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Almost always epitaphs get my mind animated with so many questions, blowing me a whiff of cleansing sadness. Once in a POW cemetery in Kanchanaburi, an epitaph brought me back to those long-ago sundown family worship times at home. Abide with me was a hymn we often sang.

Even such is Time, which takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, and all we have,
And pays us but with age and dust;
Who in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days:
And from which earth, and grave, and dust,
The Lord shall raise me up, I trust.

Epitaph by Sir Walter Raleigh, is reportedly written the night before he was beheaded, and left at the Tower of London Gate-House.’ (source) Producing poetry just hours away from the guillotine! Isn’t the human spirit such an amazing thing?

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