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July 01, 2011

UK Photo Batch #4

Stoke Bruerne
Stoke Bruerne is a small village and civil parish in South Northamptonshire, England about 10 miles (16 km) north of Milton Keynes and 7 miles (11 km) south of Northampton. (x)

This was my favourite place because it was so beautiful.

The canal is the focus of the village, and apparently they still transport some things like coal to some of the houses through boats. Isn't that totally primitive! Also, the place is kind of sloped, so they have these canal locks every now and then so there won't be water currents. Whenever a boat needs to pass through, someone would have have push the doors open to let the water fall through!

I sound very amused because I have no idea where these people some from- they don't look like they are working, and even if the locks were at their doorstep or something it's still takes a lot of effort to open them every fifteen minutes or so.

The boats themselves are gorgeous, painted with really bold colours and just so English! They also have the cutest figurines on top of them, like a fake owl which confused all of us, like, what's the owl doing there in the middle of the day (isn't it nocturnal)? Many of them just rent these boats for a day to relax, traveling along the canal and enjoying the scenery over a cup of tea (wild guess). Some of them own the boats, and it's really cool to see things like stoves inside the boats!

The people we met in this place were also one of the nicest throughout our trip. They all sound like they know each other, and imagine, just taking people on boat trips, or taking them for a walk around the village as a job! I sound like I'm completely not suitable for this urban life that is Singapore.

So entranced by this place. I went on an itouch-esque phototaking spree, randomly choosing a photo effect and capturing a shot each time, not knowing how it will turn out. Needless to say, they were all (almost) tumblr-worthy ^^


Trivia: Swans in England mostly belong to the Queen. Every year there is a ceremony called the swan upping, where Vintners and Dyers make a notch in the beaks of the Swans that belong to them, so they can be told apart from the ones that belong to the Queen.

There were plenty of swans in the canal! Absolutely lovely.

London School of Economics
The London School of Economics and Political Science (informally the London School of Economics or LSE) is a public research university specialised in the social sciences located in London, United Kingdom and a constituent college of the federal University of London. (x)

Leon Restaurant (London)

We had lunch at Leon's which was just a five minute walk away from our hotel in London. The setting at that place was very vintagey, '50s type. Nice! The food was interesting, to say the least. Sweet potato mash, steamed chicken with broccoli (something like that? I can't remember), and really salty sausage-like things. Not the best meal, and we were all still really hungry after that):

Singapore High Commission
Singapore & the UK established diplomatic relations, shortly after our independence, on 12 November 1965. Singapore's first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom was Mr Arumugam Ponnu Rajah. The current High Commissioner, Mr Michael Teo, assumed his post on 8 Jan 2002. (x)


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