Photo Sunday: London
I'm home again after my swing through the U.K., and I've finally had time to go through all the pictures I took. Here are a few of the best from our first few days in London:
We got a taste of real English weather on our first day there, but the second day favored us with some sunshine. We walked through Whitehall Gardens in the center of the city near the Thames...
...and then went for a ride on the London Eye.
Looking north along the Thames as we rode the London Eye up.
Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, from the top of the Eye.
We also toured the Tower of London. Some of the rooms where enemies of the state were imprisoned had graffiti carved into the walls by their occupants, including this one left by a Catholic priest during one of the periods where the country seesawed back and forth between Catholic and Protestant control. I'm still not clear on how prisoners got access to stonecarving tools.
Tower Bridge, displaying the Paralympics logo.
We took a day trip to Stonehenge. The weather was cold and gloomy, with drizzling rain and gusty wind: perfect, in a way, to contemplate what could have been in the minds of the long-vanished prehistoric people who built it.
More ancient remnants in Great Britain: The ruins of a Roman spa built around the natural hot springs in the town of Bath.
On our last day, we toured the British Museum. Here's the Enlightenment Gallery, set up to celebrate and recall this age of reason.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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