Sep 25 2012, 1:43pm
I almost wrote, "the autumn equinox reading thread", but of course it's the spring equinox for a goodly number of us.
It's the equinox reading thread!
I just finished a short but very entertaining book titled Odd Aspects of England, by Garry Hogg, published in 1969. The author drove around England in the 50s and 60s taking photos of follies, lock-ups, prehistoric, Roman, and medieval remains, memorials, bridges, and so forth. Each of the black-and-white photos has a paragraph or two or three with it, written in a very knowledgeable, witty, and opinionated voice.
I just saw Hogg's medieval bridge in Monmouth in a contemporary photo in the most recent issue of British Heritage. But I bet some of these market crosses, etc., are no longer there, swept away by traffic and "progress."
One thing that struck me about the photos was nothing the author intended. Every time his camera catches woman passer-by, she's wearing a skirt. Even if she's out hiking along Hadrian's Wall or across a pasture, she's wearing a skirt!
Times have changed
What y'all been reading?