Sunday, 24 August 2008

A lot of photo opportunities in Oxford

Leanne drove us to Oxford this morning. We left the house at 10 o' clock and got to the Pear Tree Park and Ride an hour later. We got the bus to the city centre and began exploring. Our first stop was the University Museum, or the Museum of Natural History. It's a lovely building and has high decorative ceilings. Leanne and I spent more time admiring and discussing the actual building than we did the exhibits.
I liked the stuffed Dodo, that was pretty cool.
The museum had a really interesting collection of casts of whole dinosaurs, bird and sea life as well as fossils, bugs with pins stuck through them, shells etc. Mostly, I found I was having to disregard too many 'MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO' and 'TENS OF BILLIONS OF YEARS AGO' and general 'THIS BIRD PROVES THAT ALL BIRDS TODAY WERE ONCE DINOSAURS' kind of twaddle (there's a good word)

A T-Rex, or a cast of what is left of him.
A triceratops skull cast.

Keble College just down the road from the Natural History Museum. Leanne goes here once a year and has to wear a ball gown and eat in the dining halls and have champagne. It's hard I'm sure having to walk across those cobblestones in heels and sit on a hard bench in a ball gown and eat supper. I can totally understand why she would moan...
Oooh...this be 'The last remnant of the RMS Titanic'

The Martyrs memorial on Magdalen Street. Erected in 1843 for the three Protestants who were burnt at the stake back in 1555 / 6 for heresy. "To the Glory of God, and in grateful commemoration of His servants, Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, Prelates of the Church of England, who near this spot yielded their bodies to be burned, bearing witness to the sacred truths which they had affirmed and maintained against the errors of the Church of Rome, and rejoicing that to them it was given not only to believe in Christ, but also to suffer for His sake; this monument was erected by public subscription in the year of our Lord God, MDCCCXLI". (Love Wikipedia)A cobbled stone cross on the road in Broad Street just outside of The Buttery where Leanne and I had some lovely spicy carrot soup for lunch. The cross marks the spot where above men died in nasty ways.Broad Street...I think...if not, just a colourful street in Oxford.

The Bridge of Sighs, Catte Street Oxford. A pretty bridge which is supposed to look the same as a bridge in Venice. I've not been to Venice, but I'll take their word for it.
On the other side of the road from the Bridge of Sighs.
Christ Church...Very green, very pretty. We didn't go in as they make you pay if you want to go past a certain point...the bastards.
Outside of Christ Church. Entrance to The Museum of the History of Science. The ground and upper floor was filled with mathematical equipment, globes, and calculating devices in silver and bronze, all very pretty and engraved and just lovely really. The lower floor had all old chemistry equipment, electrical and mechanical artifacts which were a lot more interesting, though somewhat less decorated.

This is an old post mortem kit. I like the little saw and chisel...actually, it's a little creepy.

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