Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Your favourite place on Earth

Picture by Richard Pearce (and yes, I do fucking own it)


This is mine. A whole childhood spent on an Island with just two houses, surrounded by an azure blue sea. Burial mounds, dead whales and shooting rabbits. Comments welcomed.

62 comments:

Reimer said...

Not sure I'd have appreciated such a place as a kid, but now...

any chance you can let me have the use of one of your sheds over easter? the odd weekend?

You lucky sod (if you're telling the truth...)

JD said...

Looks Orcadian to me - very nice. JD.

Old Holborn said...

I want to know YOUR favourite places.

Well?

Reimer said...

Tough call...I've hardly travelled outside NW England/Scotland/N Wales, much of which I love of course...closest to Gugh for me is perhaps Aberffraw/Rhosneigr on Anglesey, out of time, out of all the rushing horror...for more 'urban' thrills, Morecambe (don't laugh).

R (wv prics!!)

Old Holborn said...

I can see why

Harrithebastard said...

Old Holborn said...
I want to know YOUR favourite places.

Well?

10 March 2009 19:56


Old Holborn Website !

I know , i know ... i am just a sad old hector. and one hell of an old romantic!

Harrithebastard said...

How times have changed ( and not for the fucking better i might add ) , the last time i visited Brighton one could buy a 'kiss me quick hat' so one could only guess at my eternal disgust the last time i visited Brighton and the only hats available for purchase had emblazoned upon them were ' take me dry big boy ' and ' slurp it all down pig dog fucker'

1960's .. It might as well be the 1860's , bastards?

Ampers said...

It is beautiful. As a 13 year old up to 15, when we lived in the Drankensberg slopes, I would saddle my horse and spend most weekends in the bush, shooting, skinning and cooking my meals. I love "bleak" Mind you, when I was older, my favourite place was Stellenbosch. I could reach nearly 100 wineries from my home on my bike.

I love the land around Ullapool, it is bleak and uncompromising, my favourite in the UK.

Old Holborn said...

Ullapool?

An awful place

Dick the Prick said...

Oban - NW coast of Jockland. Went to Vatersay for 2 weeks and apart from the FUCKING MIDGES it was awesome. I've not completely tested it out but I reckon I could live off whisky & fags and just fish all day and occasionally twat a stick at a ball.

I don't like hot weather - just can't do it, no point fighting it.

The Progressive Show said...

Many places but I guess between Zihuatanejo and Puerto Escondido in Mexico. An amazing country.

Old Holborn said...

Looks awful

Dick, I was in Oban a mere 9 weeks ago

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

My bed. It's all I can afford right now.

seebag said...

If this is where I think it is you also have a great pub The Turks Head just across the sandbar. All I can say is you lucky lucky so and so

Harrithebastard said...

Bollocks .. OH, you have forced my hand .. Blighty ( Bedfordshire the river Ouse ) circa 1970's fishing with mates in Bedford Marina ... ( The good old days before the Poles caught all the carp and proceeded to eat them all)

Antigua at sunset ... before the local gangsters started to shoot the tourists .

Anonymong66 said...

O/T but how about least favourite places on Earth - Al-Ja-Beeba for example.

Cracking article "The changing face of newspapers"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7855798.stm

How the newspapers have been dumbing down!

Not lovely, lovely Al-Ja-Beeba clearly, clearly still a beacon of hypocrisy and intullicunce.

No furking comment section either.

I HATE these kind of shit patronising shit that we pay for

Henry North London said...

Wormit Bay Fife

The Progressive Show said...

I take that back. I forgot about San Sebastian, Spain. Now that is my favourite place http://img2.travelblog.org/Photos/4657/21005/f/98335-San-Sebastian-from-Mount-Iguelda-0.jpg

One of the best coastal cities.

Old Holborn said...

Seebag

Many a pint sunk at the Turks Head. Thought about buying it last year (it was up for sale)

Try the Rum and Shrub. ;)

Harrithebastard

I'll be back in (Harbour Inn) for the sailing week shortly. On Honeymoon.

Sue said...

Tarifa, Fez, Tangiers, Casablanca, is wild but Gibraltar is lovely too. Tarifa is my most favourite.

Old Holborn said...

Tarifa?

Utterly disgusting

Sue said...

Bohemian town, Southern Spain.. it's like being back in the 60's :) it's perfect peace with a white sandy beach as far as you can see.

Chris said...

The City of York within the medieval walls. It's like someone had a list of stuff that I like, and they made a whole city out of it.

Guthrum said...

Dun I, Iona

lilith said...

Wow, OH, nice. Seriously nice.

I love it here and here and here

JD said...

Home. And North Norfolk. JD.

Can I post a picture in a comment? If so, how?

the man who fell back to bed said...

My bed.

failing that, Jersey where my parents and the majority of my clan live. I think I'd get bored fairly quickly if I moved there permanently, but a few weeks there every year do wonders.

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied said...

Connaught Square, where the Tyburn Junction used to be. I like to spend breezy afternoons staring at the spot and imagining the "Tree" rebuilt and the bodies of politicians swaying gently in the breeze, their purpling tongues sticking rudely out of their deceitful mouths, ravens feasting on their eyeballs.......

Mummy said...

Do you own the picture or the island. If you own the picture you are a lucky bastard. If you own the Island, I will give you 3 Squids, 1 Hairy Hoond, a 15 year old car and my Mum (love her) in exchange for 1 week there.
Hm my childhood - 8 miles of coast line, a push bike, a picnic and a watch that said 'sun up - off you go, sun down - home time'
Mummy x

electro-kevin said...

Just three people ?

What else is there to do in a place like that but wank a lot ?

idle said...

The Findhorn Gorge, Moray/Nairn
The Hunter, NSW
Goodwood Racecourse

Anonymous said...

The New Forest - particularly the N.W. part, around Frogham, Hyde & Linford.
The Orkneys - spent nearly 2 weeks on Stronsay in the summer - really 'get away from it all' & lovely people.
Bermuda - with a small house, & a small boat & enough money to get by on - life can't get much better.

Anonymous said...

Something moist and warm. That is my favorite place.

Chrysippus said...

FFS this is meant to be kept secret as a holiday destination!
Absolutely gorgeous and opposite my favourite pub in the world. Looking forward to visiting again this summer. My four offspring spent all of the summer holidays each year until their late teens, with us, camping on St Martins. 'Nothing to do' ..... I think not. Bar-b-ques on deserted islands, snorkelling and later diving, wind-surfing, kite flying. Be warned, there's a Bonwitco with an outboard on the back coming to visit this July.

Old Holborn said...

@Chrysippus

Speak to Harbour Master on St Mary's first.

http://scillywebcam.blogspot.com/

Cato said...

Two places...Corrour. 50,000 acres of nothingness...no TV, just about get radio. 12 miles up a cart track...sheer bliss.
North Norfolk coast from Brancaster to Holkham..Heaven on earth.

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Dovedale, Derbyshire.

As for St.Agnes, I had to rescue my mate from there many decades ago, he got back from the pub to his campsite to find no friends, no girlfriend, no tent and no stuff. Twat.

Wrinkled Weasel said...

I don't think I have found my favourite place yet, but I have fun looking.

I grew up in Linconlshire, but it was not until later in life that I really explored it. Whenever my thoughts become desultory, they turn to the Wolds, and Lincoln itself, and beyond to the fens.

We would collect samphire on the marshes, and take in the salty air, or walk along old straight paths on the ridges - the Bluestone Heath road, trodden by man for millennia - and wind up in a small hostel with no running water and a pot boiler.

On my long tramps across the county, it was still possible to get a bed for the night with the locals, because they invited you in and they told a tale.

"Have you come far?" they said. "Boston". I may as well have said Liberia.

Life used to stand still in Lincolnshire. I knew where I was, and it knew me. So I suppose it is my favourite place.

With names like, Mavis Enderby, Claxby Pluckacre, Bag Enderby, Anton's Gowt, Folkingham, etc, you sometimes felt as if you were in a Dickens novel, and even today, many of the coaching inns are relics of the past.

In the last 20 years I have been back no more than three times. It is, after all, just a memory. and best left as just that.

Dad Mzungu said...

The Kenyan Great Rift Valley near the Maasai Mara. Apart from a single road, there is no sign that any human had ever passed by.
Or, the Drakensburg - God's own country

Old Holborn said...

@it's either banned or compulsory

I KNOW him.
I knicked his tent.

Witchfinder Specific said...

The Peak District, particularly Padley Gorge and the surrounding hills.

Also, Sausalito, California.

WF

Lord Elvis of Paisley said...

You got space for three more? You can share my wife. Fuck, you can actually have her for all I care. Just get me outta here!

Lord Elvis of Paisley said...

My fave place btw is Sweden, closely followed by a small wood in Poitier, France where I managed to take my ex-girlfriend up the shitter when she least expected it.

MARA MACSEOININ said...

Nuuanu Pali lookout, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. The air shimmers with radiance.

MARA MACSEOININ said...

Getting married, OH? (Saw mention of honeymoon somewhere.) If so, congrats!

Dazed and Confused said...

Picture the scene of the post in direct contrast to this....

Has the "Sap" on the street finally had enough of Radical Islamists?

aproposofwhat said...

Laredo, on the north coast of Spain - the unfortunate thing is that you need to speak Spanish to get on there, as very few Galicians speak English.

The good thing is that you need to speak Spanish there, because there are very few English tourists.

My other choice is Sandwood Loch, north of Ullapool but south of Cape Wrath - sand as white as light, and trout that'll go for a feather on a hook.

MARA MACSEOININ said...

Just saw that YouTube video, Dazed and Confused; scared the crap out of me. Mob violence - being that its directed by the square root of the IQ of its thickest member - is entirely unpredictable and savage. I hate the fact that these cretins are marching - for what? We all know the Iraq war is illegal, we know it was rigged by Blair and Washington, we've all been protesting it in our various ways. I hate just as much the football hooligan bellows of 'Enger-lund'. And, to judge by their comments on YouTube, they're looking forward to a summer of violence. I'm locking my doors and stocking up on the tinned food.
Interesting quiz at implicit.harvard.edu - determines whether you're inherently racist or not (it claims). If that's true - if we are hardwired to like/dislike racial differences - not all the equality-and-diversity fora in the world will make the slightest bit of difference; people'll just do their hating on the inside.

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Cheers for that Old Holborn, what about the girlfriend ?

Dazed and Confused
11 March 2009 01:14

Interesting footage, all the msm reported was an unpleasant, if small, protest by Moslem extremists cordened off by a few Police.
What they did not mention was this reaction from what is clearly a cross-section of town shoppers upset at the insulting behaviour of the Moslems.
They certainly did not report that the Police had to help the protesters beat a retreat in the face of angry townsfolk.

Scrobs said...

A small converted chapel somewhere deep in The Black Mountains.

Rattling stream. Idyllic walks.

Miles from anywhere...

Nomad said...

One favourite place is very difficult to decide after having spent extensive time (ie 3 or more years) in a substantial number of countries, but a short list would contain much of the area around Cape Town (including Stellenbosch of course) and the Garden Route countryside, Banff in high summer, a number of the teeming game parks of central/southern Africa, and probably best of all, any part of the south island of New Zealand south of Kaikoura.

Heading my list of most unfavourite places would probably be Phuket and Bali.

mikey said...

Not really one place...I've stayed at and fell in love with so many of these. The landmark Trust;

http://www.flickr.com/groups/landmarktrust/

The Penguin said...

Getting it down to just one is mission impossible.

The Penguin

Anonymous said...

Aland islands in the Baltic sea.
Stayed there in the 70's with a Swedish girlfriend. Thousands of unoccupied islands, your own rowing boat and the only person we saw was a mad fisherman who used to burst in the cottage every morning (no locks) and leave fresh fish in the sink for our breakfast. Very bizarre, lovely weather and happy memories.

Dick the Prick said...

About 3 miles up the road is always good for a bifter looking over Marsden & tunnel end and the bottom half of Saddleworth Moor.

Dazed & Confused - to be fair to the muzzies, whilst few in number, they've got balls.

killemallletgodsortemout said...

The Morvan Forest, Burgundy, France.

Dave H said...

The Wisperthal. Try riding through it on a bike. Not only for the beaty of the landsacpe, you can feel the different waves of air rippling over your skin. And then, just when you start to feel a little chilly, you'll come into full sun when you meet the Rhein at Lorch.

But that's historical. What I love most now are the bits of Cambridgeshire that I own.

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond for me. It's a special place for my wife and I, though we both prefer it when it is quiet and not full of weegie track suited neds from Glasgow and the blue rinse coach tours. We were there on Saturday, standing in the drizzle looking across at Ben Lomond.
We are lucky that we live only an hour away. It cleanses the soul. Big time.

the british isle said...

why don't you fuck off back there you fucking ponsing pagan immigrant

pissed off cripple said...

Gotta be Okovango Delta, late Summer. Braais, beers and blowjobs...

bit of fishing during the morning too!

Thud said...

Napa valley..especialy the cool upper redwood slopes on a hot day.

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