Photo of the Week 2016 – Week 19

During last week, I felt that even thought the Cliffs of Dover are right behind my house, I don’t give them enough attention so I decided to give them some light in the Photo of the Week this week. I know they are an iconic landmark in this country, but it kind of gets forgotten when you see it every day.

This is one of the views from my rear balcony. Click on the image for a larger version.

2016 Week 19

Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Look out your back window or door — describe what you see, as if you were trying to convey the scene to someone from another country or planet.

When I open my back door, I see houses just over the road from me, and one of those has a Victorian light attached to it. Behind those, and reaching up a good couple of hundred feet are cliffs.

There is green sprouts of grass and bushes interspersed up the side of the cliffs, and two-thirds of the way up there are what appear to be windows or vents from the old tunnels from Winston Churchill’s war rooms in World War II. To the left of that is the outcropping for the entrance into those tunnels where people can look over the side.

Sometimes there are people abseiling down the cliffs to install meshed wire to (I assume) stop rock slides. Seagulls, crows and pigeons often cling to the sides of the cliff and just drop off the side. Rarely, a Kite (the bird of prey) can be seen hovering over the top.

These cliffs are no ordinary cliffs. When I look out my bedroom window and back door, I see the White Cliffs of Dover

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The Man Who Abseils by Cliff Edge

Okay, so that was a sad joke. Almost as bad as the Gardening Guide by Doug Spade; or Running To Town by Miss D Buss; How To Tie Shoelaces by Ben Dover; Entering the Madhouse by Lou Nattikk; Telling The Time by Hans Tern. I’ll stop now.

Over the last few days, the workers have been attaching wire to the cliffs to, I assume, stop any more landslides. Just around the corner some of the cliffs gave way and crumpled. If they were to do that here, it would crush the houses. I would love to do something like this.

Kent in the Last Couple of Days

As a lot of you know, I live in the UK. England rather than Scotland, Wales or Ireland. The county I live in is Kent. Home of the Dartford Crossing, Fort Amhurst, Charles Dickens, Chatham Dockyards, Dover Docks, The White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, The Channel Tunnel, The North Downs, Pluckley (Said to be the most haunted town in the UK) and many other wonderful sights and sounds.

Over the last 48 hours though, it seems like some people have been trying to cause chaos in this county, this … Garden of England.  At 07:15 on September 5th, there thick fog on the bridge that links the mainland to the Isle of Sheppey. As usual, some people were driving too fast in weather that had visibility down to less than 10 yards. This resulted in an accident that has been heard about world-wide. 130 vehicles were involved and by some miracle / divine intervention, whatever you want to call it, not one person died. Eight were seriously injured, and a total of 35 people were taken to six different hospitals. A lorry driver has been hailed a hero as he purposefully jack-knifed his lorry to stop any other vehicles getting up onto the bridge and creating more damage. Nobody knows who this lorry driver was as he seems to have vanished.

On the morning of September 6th, a “suspect package” was found at the Dartford Crossing. This is a huge bridge and tunnels that travel over and under the River Thames and links Kent to Essex. For seven hours the bridge and tunnels were closed as the Police and Bomb Squad tried to work out if it was a danger or not. As this was going on, another suspect package was discovered in Dover. As some of you know, I live in Dover. This was on a coach near Dover’s Western Docks. I live by the Eastern Docks. I can see the roundabout where the coach was stopped from my balcony. 11 people were arrested under the terrorism act from the coach.

I am happy to say that the suspect packages were “of no danger”. I have not heard any more on the man arrested at Dartford for the suspicious package or of the eleven that were arrested from the coach.

The world we live in today, is full of fools who think they are immortal, and terror that seems to lurk around every corner. I know after 9/11 (USA) and 7/7 (UK) people need to be exceedingly vigilant, but we shouldn’t have to. We should be able to live together. Just because one person’s God has different preachings to another one, that doesn’t mean that they should kill for it. Do the Gods want their names used in mass death? I don’t think so. And drivers should be aware that what they drive is a massive chunk of metal. Each driver may think they are the best driver in the world, but the one beside them may not be.

I ask you all to stay safe, and drive carefully.