Outdoors

Bratislava Castle

So I was scrolling through my blog the other day and saw a post where I said I should post pictures of Bratislava Castle one of these days. The post was from July 2016. I don’t know if the present day counts as “one of these days” in relation to July 2016, but I guess late is better than never.

Bratislava Castle 1

These were taken with my old compact Fujifilm. I’ve not actually been to Bratislava since I got the Canon.

Bratislava Castle 2

The castle has a long history; there have been settlements of sorts ever since any people lived in this part of the world. It has been converted numerous times, at one point even burned down. Here’s the Wikipedia article.

Bratislava castle hill

The castle is on a hill as well–here you see the towers just poking out from the trees.

For all other pics of my hometown, check out my Bratislava tag.

And if you want to see more castles, here’s my Pinterest board.

To blog or not to blog?

As I bring my blog back to life, aside from my Gloomscapes series, I still intend to be posting nice things. There was a time in the second half of 2017 when I wasn’t sure what to do with the blog, I felt it lost direction. Even the Weekly Photo Challenge wasn’t doing anything for me.

Well, not only have I got over that, I’m more excited than ever about blog and can’t wait to post more!

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One the topic of castles on hills:

 

Miscellaneous

Numbers

Let me tell you about number Four.

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Why do I think number 4 is significant?

Firstly, it’s nicely symmetrical. 2+2 and 2×2 and 2^2. Human beings like symmetry. Symmetrical objects are usually considered beautiful and symmetrical features attractive.

Now let’s have a look at how many things there are four of:

Four seasons

| spring | summer | autumn | winter |

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Four cardinal directions

| north | south | east | west |

Four elements

| air | water | earth | fire |

Four states of matter

| solid | liquid | gas | plasma |

Four arithmetic operators

| addition | subtraction | multiplication | division |

Four card suits

| hearts | spades | diamonds | clubs |
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And corresponding tarot versions

| cups | swords | pentacles | wands |

Four basic tastes

| bitter | sour | salty | sweet |

Google always uses the same four colours in their logo – red, blue, yellow and green

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Four Renaissance artists (or Ninja turtles if you wish)

| Leonardo | Michelangelo | Donatello | Raphael |

Examples from pop culture include Fantastic Four, the four hobbits from Lord of the Rings, four members of Beatles, four women on Sex and the City and four Hogwarts houses.

Examples from sports are the four tennis grand slams and the big four sports in America.

Also, every four years we get an extra day. The leap year, such as this year for example, is dividable by four.

Every four years, on a leap year, we get Olympic Games.

And every four years, also in the same year, a US Presidential election takes place. Better not talk about the current one… anyway, I only realised about two weeks ago that not only was I born in the leap year, my brother was too and so were my two nephews by marriage, whom I love very much.

So that’s it.

And here are four red tealights.

 

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Bonus: the main male character in the Divergent series, Tobias Eaton, is nicknamed Four, because he only has four fears (whereas average is between ten and fifteen).  Played by Theo James in the movies.

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Numbers

Outdoors, Weekly Photo Challenge

Local

Manchester Old Cheetham Hill police station

I was standing on the street next to mine, photographing this, when a woman approached me and asked me what it was that I was taking a picture of.

“Old Cheetham Hill police station,” I said. Cheetham Hill is this area of Manchester.

The woman was pleasantly surprised and told me she was interested in local old buildings and had been trying to find out for years what this gateway was part of. There was no information on it anywhere.

I told her the truth, that I found it only thanks to Pokemon Go.

In fact, I never even noticed the gateway before, even though I have passed by it regularly for at least a decade. It was when I was catching Pokemon in the summer that I looked at it for the first time–it was a Pokestop. So we chatted a bit, I explained to her how the game worked and then we parted.

I haven’t been able to find out almost anything on the net about this old police station and now I really have to give it to those folks at Nintendo.

This obviously refers to “local” as in where I live, not where I’m from. My home town (if that is the right word, as in the place I was born and bred) is Bratislava. But this makes me think, what is local?

Some Tory politician or other (I’m not making the effort into looking up her name) said at a recent party conference, that firms should be hiring British people instead of immigrants. Because immigrants… well, immigrants. You know, immigrants. I’ve seen a comment on Facebook post that linked to that news article, which agreed with this politician and that it yes, the firms should be recruiting local people in the first place. What is “local people”?

I have been living in Manchester for 13 years, in the same area for  almost 12, have been renting from the same estate agency for 11 years and been living in the same flat for 6. But immigrants.

It will take me a very long time to get over being bitter about Brexit.

 

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