Saturday, January 26, 2008

Running Up That Hill 

I'm a sucker for any view taking in rooftops and church spires. Me and Girlfriend have been wandering around Lancaster a lot lately, and this strikes me as a particularly fine scene.

It was taken outside Lancaster Castle, which according to the HM Prison Service website has an operational capacity of 243, is not presently accepting Life Sentence prisoners and has some restrictions on long term prisoners.
The website fails to mention that there are several great pubs in the immediate vicinity and that the town has a thriving cultural life.

I have a mental image of residents digging their way under those chunky medieval walls to sup a few pints in the John O'Gaunt, maybe catching a band at the Yorkshire House, or perhaps something theatrical and worthy at the Dukes, before returning to their cells unnoticed in time for lights out. Being on the West Coast Main Line, the town also enjoys excellent transport links, so maybe a day out shopping in, say, Liverpool or even London wouldn't be out of the question.

I spotted this in Waterstones, which was uplifting in its own peculiar way. Still going for full price too, fair play to the boy.

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