Thursday, 27 September 2012

Personal Wonders: Old Slains Castle

My quest to select the Seven Wonders of the World involves visiting forty countries, 102 different sites, and will take God knows how many years of my life. Of the many rules and regulations I set myself, one is to try and be impartial; when I visit a Wonder I try to keep a fresh eye, remain unbiased, and not let the personal whims of temporal mood and experience affect my judgement. It's impossible, of course, to be entirely neutral - but I try.

But what if I didn't? What if I chuck all these rules out the window and forget about the "World" aspect of the Seven Wonders, and just focus on my own, personal, Wonders? Places or sites that might not mean that much to other people, but have great significance for me. Places that, in my world, are the best. In the end, for all that the world's greatest monuments may have a lasting legacy for mankind itself, they do not have a direct impact on the lives of the vast majority. Everyone has their own personal Wonders, buildings or landmarks that have shaped their lives, that they look upon with fondness. In the first of an occasional series, here's one of my mine.

1. Old Slains Castle, near Collieston, near Aberdeen.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Size Isn't Everything: The Wonder Of Offshore

They are huge; monsters that rise from the sea, anyone who has witnessed one close up can testify to their dominance for miles around. They are heavy-duty feats of engineering; effectively one colossal metal machine, these things are capable of incredible precision and brute raw power. And they are everywhere; dotted around the globe, sometimes in swarms, sometimes in isolation, sometimes fixed in position, sometimes on the move. Ubiquitous but out of sight, these behemoths pretty much keep the modern world running - without them, well, you'd better hope it's windy and you've got a giant windmill on your house if you want to watch Jeremy Kyle and put a cuppa tea on before taking a drive to the shops to buy some milk and a bunch of other rubbish.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Burness Corner: Banaue Rice Terraces

The latest in the series of snippets from the blog of my erstwhile travelling companion, Burness, as well as a short interview, on his views on a World Wonder. This time: the Banaue Rice Terraces.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Burness Corner: Angkor Wat

The latest in a series of musing, ponderings, and travel recollections from my erstwhile travel companion, Burness, as he reflects upon the World Wonders of our travels. This time: Angkor Wat.