Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Taking the evening's news

Farewell to Mr Blair. Hello to Mr Brown.

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The peaceful transition of power in a democracy is an amazing thing. Although South Africa has managed it twice since our first democratic election in 1994, it's been much rarer elsewhere in Africa. Even though it may have happened many times here in the UK, it's still something that should be cherished.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sandcastles for grownups

Hanging out with my animalarific buddies at FAISA 2007.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A touch of Moorish influence

Before the Christian takeover of Portugal, this place was run by the Moors.

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The Castelo de Mouros (Castle of the Moors) is located on the top of the hill. It occupies ca. 12,000 m2. Archaeological excavations have shown that the oldest buildings go back to the 8th century, the stratigraphy is almost 6 m deep and contains Iron Age remains as well. The walls are built of red sandstone (grés des Silves) with a pisé-core and have been heavily restored in the 1940s. Protruding towers of albarra-type protect the Northern slope. After the Christian conquest, the castle served as the seat of the alcaide-mor (provincial governor) till the middle of the 16th century, afterwards the towers were used as a prison.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Exploring the Algarve

Even with the ankle-biters, we managed a bit of out and about. Here I am checking out the marina in Lagos.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Sunning it up

A trip to Portugal for a 'traditional' English summer holiday. Villa accommodation, beach activities and fun in the sun.

2007 jun 04 algarve img_3138 (by Dave Reinhardt)