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Mrs took this from her paraglider as she buzzed that castle... no, just kidding. This is the second time we've been to Peyrepeteuse (which is nearly impossible to spell, possibly part of the defence strategy of the place). The first time we went there some paragliders were indeed buzzing the place, taking advantage of the updraft I assume. But, no, Mrs wasn't on a paraglider, she was standing on the upper castle. Yep, that thing you can see perched on an impossible looking mountain spine is only the lower castle.
It has an interesting history: it was one of the five Cathar castles the heretics held out in when the French invaded in C13. Their end was less bloody than other places. The guys in charge realised that, though this castle could never be taken they were never going to win the war and they did a deal.
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That's one fantastic photo.
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It's hard to say just why I keep coming back to this region. Something about the cave paintings tens of thousands of years ago, or the neolithic farmers who made their way up the river valleys ploughing the flats and planting crops. They had sheep and goats but no cows because their route from the middle east was by sea, too hard to carry cows on boats back then. Domesticated cows in western Europe had to wait for the farmers who took the longer land route. There are plenty there today but I imagine the cow herders would have had a different culture to the others. Interesting meetings would have happened. This is also the country of the troubadours who, some say, were the first to write about romantic love. Whether that's true or not there was a flowering of culture from C11 to C13. They spoke a language called Occitaine in those days, not French. It all ended with the Albigensian Crusade which involved the French invading from the north on the pretext that the southerners were heretics. A lot of French younger sons got a lot of land for a cheap Crusade that didn't involve traveling too far. There are stories of the heretics offered a choice: convert or burn, and they chose to burn, by the hundreds. The sites where this happened still feel like ghosts are there, and I don't believe in ghosts.
Today the locals still refer to the French as someone else, and their accent is different to the northerners. Occitaine is still a language, you see it on signposts and museum explanations.
The hilltops are covered in oak, walnut and chestnut trees, as well as beech higher up. The lower lands are ploughed and looking dry at this time of year, but they have lots of trees as well. Walking in the woods you can scoop up walnuts, crack them open and eat as you walk.
I find the countryside in this area magical. http://ift.tt/2dD3Uhu
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Like I said, i don't care what you think. And you bring it up again and I will block you.
You should re-think your priorities. As a Christian person you apparently have a lot to learn. I'm going to mute this post now because it has pissed me off all day. Maybe I will forget about it over time...but that probably means I will have Alzheimer's.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS!!!
You should be ashamed of yourself.
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One of the scarier displays at the Vienna natural history museum. It's a full sized allosaurus with anamatronics (obviously). It stays quite still, looking like a static display until someone walks in from of it. The toilets are just around the corner, probably a good idea.
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That's pretty cool.
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I don't normally photograph my food but this had to be an exception. Has anyone else tried to come to grips with the history of this area? Soo complicated. Whose palace was this? Holy Roman Emperor (to which I always want to add a ", Batman") who was also emperor of Austria and king of somewhere else. And they all overlap...
Coffee & cake in #Vienna http://ift.tt/2dpaHLH
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I don't know what I'm going to do. I know I'm going down. I need to do something, check out my PM.
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Kepler did some of his key work from this tower in Prague. They still have some of his instruments there.
To be clearer the photo is from Kepler 's tower. There are a couple of other towers in the picture. 
View from Astronomical Tower, Klementinum, #Prague http://ift.tt/2cy3Yeg
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+Sakari Maaranen that was the whole purpose behind WWII, the illuminati wanted to rebuild. Somehow the bombs missed Prague :)
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Staying near this place at the moment. Who would have thought it's pronounced something like 'fwah'. I fear my French will be forever limited to half a dozen phrases. Fortunately Mrs is not so limited.
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Fuck you
You don't do THAT you SORRY son of a bitch.
I'll kick your god damn ass, I'll do it with my hand tied behind my back asshole.
Come on over, I'll kick your fucking ass, and if I can't do it this day, well, there's always others.
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Carcassonne in southern France is just fabulous. Some call it 'over restored' but we need at least one of those ancient ruins restored to something like it's original state. Otherwise we'd think all those towers never had hats.
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Some places get this right and some don't. Most of the seats in the departure lounge have either power or usb making it easy to charge my phone. In this case I'm using power and my adaptor has 2 usb ports already so Mrs phone is on the other one. At home they have charging stations etc but who wants to stand by one of those for any time? Adding them to the seats makes more sense. Also here they don't mess about harvesting an email address to let you onto the wifi. Well done guys.

As a bonus you can see Mrs foot!
#Vienna airport has power and usb ports in departure lounge seats. Plus free wifi, of course. http://ift.tt/2cvDqJW
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I'm rather fond of trilobites. They remind me a bit of the Alien, which is not a reason to be fond of them, they also remind me of moreton bay bugs found in Australia. A kind of flattened crayfish. Good eating.
Vienna has an excellent natural history museum. Ken Ham and his ilk would hate this place. There is so much evidence here and nicely presented too. They also have a staggering collection of meteorites.
#trilobite display in #Vienna natural hist museum. I do like trilobites. http://ift.tt/2cCTDA9
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I used to try to tell creationists this, (that natural museums and universities all over the world have massive amounts of physical evidence) and often directed them to a few. The results were usually either outright denial or I never heard from them again.
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@Brady_McCormick @ajplus they could just go and take all the children. There's a lot more detail I would explain with that but I'm too tired. Alex Herweh. 9h9 hours ago. Alex Herweh @AlexHerweh23. @Brady_McCormick @ajplus if they don't act fast it really could come to that.
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Pretty much
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This isn't something that's is testable without a time machine, so I won't call it science, just interesting. Of course if I did have a time machine I'd be able to go back to those neolithic Irish and tell them the idea, which would make it definitely true. This is why we can't have time machines.
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I was the troll who made sure all the fracking secrets don't get out. Unfortunately (for them) they didn't know I'm also a chemist, and I saw plenty.
Do I regret this? Maybe. But I want to live a little while longer and have the kids not be harassed for the rest of their lives. Opportunity lost I guess, but it will come out anyway. I don't need to be a martyr. 
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The style is similar enough to others I've seen but the architecture in Berlin, eg the Reichstag building here struck me as more massive. I'm not sure it is actually bigger than others but it sure seems it.
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Software engineer (J2EE), writer and carrier of Mrs' shopping (um, I ought to have said that first).
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Software (J2EE, C++, Unix, Microprocessors) with a special interest in rule based systems. The microprocessor stuff requires some electronics knowledge (so I know how to put a circuit together etc) plus some knowledge of 3D modeling for making various gadgets the micros are embedded into. I also write and self publish fiction.
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  • Software engineer (J2EE), 2000 - present
  • Software Engineer (C/C++ Unix), 1990 - 2000
  • Software Engineer (Basic+ Vax Basic), 1978 - 1990
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Trying to train my sheep to be J2EE architects. This will take a while.
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I'm into building J2EE applications using Rule-Based frameworks. Boring? Okay, My wife and I live in an earth brick house designed to look like a Romanesque Abbey. It's out in the countryside and has a big garden, a domestic orchard and some pet sheep. I've made most of the furniture in the house out of native timbers.

In my spare time I write books (fiction) and publish them as ebooks.

If you follow me I'll take a look at your profile and, if you have a profile picture and some shares that look interesting I will follow you back. If you don't have those then I won't.
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Made most of the furniture in my house. So far only one thing has collapsed. Oh, it's two now. Heh. I also made the Galahad Manuscript, a poem calligraphed and illuminated and bound in leather. I also built the desk it sits on.
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    Computer Science, 1975 - 1977
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Good fresh produce and a range of other groceries. We get all our fruit & veg here
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It's a big hardware store, with more than just hardware. They do timber and paint and garden supplies too, and they have a pleasant cafe. The staff are really helpful, they know where to find stuff (important in a huge store) and they are usually very knowledgeable about what they sell, eg the assistant on the paint counter could give me good advice on a tricky paint job.
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Stayed her 4 nights. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for our hosts Jeff & Janice. They found space for our kayak, suggested we call them when we reached dry land after a long kayak trip (so they could call search & rescue if we failed to) and, because we were staying multiple nights they made a different kind of breakfast every day. We'll be back.
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We regularly brunch here. Friendly staff. Nice ambience. Good food & coffee. Good wifi too.
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We go here a lot for breakfast. Good food and coffee, friendly service and pleasant atmosphere.
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There are very few really good supermarkets in NZ. I only know of 3 others and they aren't in Auckland. Anyway this is one of them. Friendly helpful staff, excellent range (though they don't have everything). The aisles are a little wider so even when they are busy it isn't too hard to get around, and they are always open.
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