Sunday, 24 April 2016

1438 : The Forgiving Winds Of Russia


Conisbrough Castle, South Yorkshire (April 2016)

Many years ago I was taken to the top of the battlements at Conisbrough Castle and told that the wind that almost blew me over was coming straight and uninterrupted from the Russian steppes. That was back in the days when the castle was set in the midst of the working South Yorkshire coalfield, and ascent of the tower could only be attempted with a hard hat and scaffolding. In the post mining-world that is now South Yorkshire, the castle is a tourist attraction, and the wind is gentler and more forgiving.

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