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Old February 16th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #101
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Old February 16th, 2008, 10:18 PM   #102
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Old February 17th, 2008, 11:14 AM   #103
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Old February 18th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #104
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Thanks, I prefer cats personally but there are certainly lots of dog-lovers here!

Today to the south coast, is it the Burj-al-Arab? No, it's the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth!!

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Old February 18th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #105
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I don't. I cannot stand most dogs, but some I make an exception for. Cats is where it's at.

By the way Mexicans have a total obsession with dogs, and dress them up even in warm weather.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #106
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Can we have high quality and interesting photos please?UK is such a beautiful country but all we manage to post is pictures of somebodys son/girlfriend/boyfriend/dog etc.
No more crap photos.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #107
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The Spinnaker Tower is one of the few modern pieces of architecture that I find elegant and exciting.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 08:38 PM   #108
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I don't. I cannot stand most dogs, but some I make an exception for. Cats is where it's at.

By the way Mexicans have a total obsession with dogs, and dress them up even in warm weather.
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But yeah, cats is where its at.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #109
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Staithes.Yorkshire.

Staithes is a seaside village in Yorkshire.England.
In 1745-1746 Staithes' most famous son (born in Marton near Middlesbrough) the young James Cook worked in Staithes as a grocers apprentice where he first gained his passion for the sea.He later moved to nearby Whitby where he joined the Royal Navy.William Sandersons shop where Cook worked was destroyed by the sea but parts were recovered and incorporated into "Captain Cooks Cottage".This has been the residency of a local Staithes family for several generations.



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Old February 19th, 2008, 04:03 AM   #110
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Great pic Jonesy mate , that pic of Staithes, Wow what a fantastic location.
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Staithes.Yorkshire.

Staithes is a seaside village in Yorkshire.England.
In 1745-1746 Staithes' most famous son (born in Marton near Middlesbrough) the young James Cook worked in Staithes as a grocers apprentice where he first gained his passion for the sea.He later moved to nearby Whitby where he joined the Royal Navy.William Sandersons shop where Cook worked was destroyed by the sea but parts were recovered and incorporated into "Captain Cooks Cottage".This has been the residency of a local Staithes family for several generations.



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Old February 20th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #112
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The landscape of the Chiltern Hills, in Buckinghamshire.



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Thank you Federicroft! The chilterns are one of those 'local' beauty areas that don't get visitors from all over the country so they remain fairly quiet compred to the big national parks

In the UK we often have hedgerows dividing fields and seperating fields from roads which doesn't seem to happen as often in most other European countries. I'm undecided whether this is good or not.

Positives:

Helps prevent erosion of fields by wind
Provides habitat for wildlife
Looks good on aerial photos, nice green effect and pretty method of dividing land compared to fences or ditches

Negatives

When driving, often the best views of the countryside are obscured

As looking at the view is one of my main reasons for travelling around the countryside, it does annoy me at times
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Old February 20th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #114
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Hedgerows are very important for the countryside. They attract parasites from the cultivations too, avoid frosts and give shelter to many wild animals.

We have them here as well, although the typical partition plants are the cypresses (they are very good against wind). In the extreme South they are replaced by stone walls.

Probably in the UK hedgerows are more common due to the enclosure process.

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The Chilterns are beautiful, and so close to London...in fact you can get the Tube all the way out to the eastern edge of the hills

I absolutely love hedgerows - not only are they an incredible habitat for all sorts of wildlife, they hide ugly roads from view. Thus making our countryside look beautiful and green
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Old February 21st, 2008, 01:33 AM   #116
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In the UK we often have hedgerows dividing fields and seperating fields from roads which doesn't seem to happen as often in most other European countries.
Well, hedgerows dividing fields is the typical landscape in North-Western France. It's called the bocage. I'm surprised you've never heard of it. American soldiers after landing in Normandy during WW2 had a very hard time going through the bocage, because it was easy for German snipers to hide in the hedgerows.

The reforms of French agriculture in the 1950s, 60s and 70s when the government transformed the backward, family-run French agriculture into an industrial and productive agriculture, turning France into the largest food producer in the EU, have unfortunately destroyed a lot of the bocage (hedgerows were destroyed to create larger fields managed by big farms). Nonetheless there remain areas with hedgerows where local people opposed the regrouping of fields, particularly in the west of Normandy. Normandy... we all know Normandy and southern England are almost one single region.

I'll try to post a typical picture of the bocage in the French thread in the coming weeks.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 02:27 AM   #117
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That tower in Portsmouth is just gorgeous.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 03:39 AM   #118
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Scotney Castle.Kent.

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Old February 21st, 2008, 03:47 AM   #119
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Well, hedgerows dividing fields is the typical landscape in North-Western France. It's called the bocage. I'm surprised you've never heard of it. American soldiers after landing in Normandy during WW2 had a very hard time going through the bocage, because it was easy for German snipers to hide in the hedgerows.

The reforms of French agriculture in the 1950s, 60s and 70s when the government transformed the backward, family-run French agriculture into an industrial and productive agriculture, turning France into the largest food producer in the EU, have unfortunately destroyed a lot of the bocage (hedgerows were destroyed to create larger fields managed by big farms). Nonetheless there remain areas with hedgerows where local people opposed the regrouping of fields, particularly in the west of Normandy. Normandy... we all know Normandy and southern England are almost one single region.

I'll try to post a typical picture of the bocage in the French thread in the coming weeks.
Many parts of the UK have experienced rapid intensification of farming too - with the distruction of many hedgerows. Cambridgeshire springs to mind for having huge, sprawling fields with little, if any, hedgerows between them.

Its a shame, although i think their are strict rules for protecting them now.
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I think that the East of the country where arable farming is dominant has suffered most from the destruction of hedgerows to accomodate the large machinery that this type of farming requires, in the west, dairy and beef cattle along with sheep are more common and so more hedgerows have remained intact.

That's just my impression though, I have no facts to back this up and could well be talking out of my arse.

Nice picture of Scotney Castle btw, i've never been there.
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