Exhibition at Bucks Open Studios

[singlepic id=567 w=300 h=400 float=middle] Doug has joined the Visual Images Group and will have an exhibition as part of Bucks Open Studios this summer at The High Wycombe Museum from June 16th to June 22nd 2014. He will be showing framed and mounted photographic prints, books and greetings cards. There are four artists showing at this location, along with the normal museum so it should be an interesting place to visit. Bucks Open Studios has a website where all of the exhibitors are listed at

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North Downs Exploration 9 – Wine and a Psychedelic Mushroom

[singlepic id=527 w=320 h=240 float=left] Tuesday was the only day in this week of a mild October when the weather forecast was good, so I cleared the diary and drove southward under grey skies, negotiating some deep puddles. An hour later, there was intermittent sun as I parked at Burford Bridge, near Dorking. Here, beneath Box Hill, are the stepping stones over the River Mole, which are now 17 concrete steps at regular intervals across the stream that have gained some local notoriety. They form a

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North Downs Exploration 8 – A Skim Through East Kent

[singlepic id=515 w=320 h=240 float=left] 27th Sept 2013 – It was grey and foggy in Cuddington, but the weather forecast was good with lots of sunshine in the East as the mist was burned off. East Kent is a 2-hour drive from here if you don’t get traffic, which is why I went by train last time, but I wanted to get a feel for the Downs in between Canterbury and the River Stour (in Kent) through a general visit covering a lot of countryside, so

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Another pollution incident on our river: who’s to blame and who cares?

[singlepic id=557 w=400 h=300 float=middle] To the passer-by, the River Thame is a gentle reed-bordered stream meandering through a peaceful countryside. It is particularly lovely as it passes through our area, from Thame to Eyethrope; a beauty that is readily enjoyed on the circular walk between Cuddington and Nether Winchendon. But all is not as well as it seems. The River is subject to occasional pollution from agriculture or the sewage treatment works at Aylesbury, and as it is a small river passing through highly developed

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The Next Book: Exploration 7 – Mid Surrey Villages and Leith Hill

[singlepic id=468 w=320 h=240 float=center] I am collecting images of the North Downs and doing research for a book to be entitled ‘North Downs Landscapes’ that will, hopefully, be published next year. So far I have walked from Farnham in Surrey to Rochester in Kent (in instalments) and visited a number of settlements. I still have the southern bit of the Surrey Downs, around Leith Hill, and the big section running through Kent to Folkestone and Dover to visit. The concept is to structure the book

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High Speed 2 Far – £50,000,000,000 too far.

As a preface to this blog, let me state that I love traveling by trains and think that Eurostar, and the European high speed networks are brilliant. HS2 (High Speed 2) is a high speed rail project that was dreamed up by the Labour party when in power and taken on with full enthusiasm by the Tory/Lib Dem current government. It is to run from London Euston to Birmingham, then in phase 2 continue to the northern cities. Since its inception, the estimated cost has risen

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The Next Book: Exploration 6 – The Way Along The Wey

Ancient castles, churches and settlements rub shoulders with high-tech modern architecture: people have lived in this gentle countryside along the River Wey for a very long time. Roaming through this Downs landscape, you encounter living history and remnants of the past at every turn, whilst high tech businesses and fast roads point into the future. So far in my exploration of the North Downs, I have covered most of the northern section, from Guildford in the west to Rochester in the east. I now realise that

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Shock News! Sandel-wearing Bearded Weirdies Proved Right!

Environmentalists have been shouting into the hurricane for a long time – 50 years in my case. Today, 40 years after people like me were asking why all the money was going into oil extraction and internal combustion engines, BMW ran a 4-page ad for their new electric car. Whoopee! However the only problem is that during the past 40 years, humans have trashed their planet to a horrible extent and continue to do so. So us sandal-wearing bearded weirdies and spoil-sports have been right all

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The Spirit Of Australia Choir Hits Buckinghamshire, and learns and Aussie song….

The Spirit Of Australia Choir is singing tonight (July 27th) in St Nicholas Church, Cuddington and tomorrow night in St Mary’s Long Crendon. They are performing a lovely programme of music, much of it from opera ad almost all of it is by European composers. So I introduced myself and mentioned that I lived in Australia for several years and know a lot of the traditional shearing and droving songs and so on, and also that I wrote some songs about Australia. They kindly asked me

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The Next Book – Exploration 5 – Kent – The Gap In The Map

I was camping in my little light-weight tent overnight under an oak tree behind The Vigo Inn and slept reasonably well till 6am when I decided to get up: the sun was sparkling through the dewy grass, the birds were singing, and the pub wasn’t offering breakfast. I struck camp and packed my gear, and was striding through the gate and on my way within the hour. The North Downs Way (NDW) continued just a few yards from the pub, passing down through a wood that

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