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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

Date: 29th May 2011

CATHEDRAL DUTY

Went to the Cathedral today with a little more confidence than on my first outing.

The main interest seems to lie with The Martyrdom, Henry IV and the Black Prince. Helped several Americans who’d actually come over to attend a wedding in the Crypt on Saturday and were taking full advantage of their stay to tour the Cathedral.  Nancy and Reynald Thomas made an interesting observation about the tomb of Archbishop Warham (in the Martyrdom) and that is that he appears to have Choughs on some of the shields adorning his tomb.   I have tried to find out more but have drawn a blank - so sorry Reynald but it was great hearing your stories.

Also helped a delightful Muslim family who had come from Croydon to see our historic Cathedral. They knew nothing about it’s history so it was a trifle difficult knowing where to begin but I spent about twenty minutes with them and was delighted to see their enthusiasm.

I have joined the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral which has entitled me to put my name down for a visit to the Bell Harry Tower. Because of ‘Health and Safety’ and the very narrow Vice (official name for a Spiral Staircase) these trips can’t be offered to the general public so I felt doubly delighted to be able to visit the top of the Tower and will be taking many photos – some of which I hope to share with you.

Am still thrilled with my Sony Cybershot and the help I get from the lovely manager of Jessops in Canterbury. Jenny is so helpful and doesn’t regard me as an idiot for not being able to use some of the facilities on the camera. I’m afraid I have an aversion to reading instructions – a feminine thing I’m told – so Jenny is always there for backup.

I have to say, unless it is unavoidable, I don’t like buying articles ‘on line’ – if something goes wrong you have to deal with the impersonal emails which remind you not to reply!!!

When I had the trouble with my Cybershot last year, I bought a Nikon with which I was never at ease. After it went wrong twice, Jenny offered me a Credit Note and suggested I came back when they had new stock in the Spring. I doubt very much that I’d have received that kind of help and attention if I’d bought on line. Basically I believe you get what you pay for and going for the ‘cheapest’ price is not always a good thing in the long run.

I'm also alarmed at the growing installation of 'Serve yourself' Check outs.  In principal I won't use them and much prefer to deal with a human being.  It seems like madness to me that we have a whopping unemployment figure and yet jobs are being done away with at an alarming rate - and all to give the supermarkets more profit.

FRIENDS OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

I joined the Friends a while ago and apart from supporting the Cathedral and its work, one gets the opportunity to see 'behind the scenes or up in the rafters of the Cathedral'. As I said earlier,  I booked to go on the Bell Harry Tower Tour so not to waste my one photo per blog.  here's the Tower for you.

 


 

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

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