Stylised Fish

It’s not often I see something which I’ve never noticed before – these stylised representations of fish gave me cause to pause a while. I’m quite sure these are not particularly unusual, but it’s something I’ll keep a look out for in future. I quite like the simplicity.

–Stephen G. Hipperson—

Bathhouse Wall

Section of the Roman bathhouse wall at Ruínas Romanas de Milreu, just a few kilometers from Faro in Portugal. It’s part of a Roman farmhouse complex.

Managed to get some warmth into my bones in the Autumn/Fall last year with a short trip to Portugal. It was supposed to be a unwind/sunbed/read a book vacation, but after the first couple of days I was crawling up the wall. Fortunately, my family had picked an area with ‘things that might interest you’ (they’ve known me long enough to anticipate my inability to relax for long). Anyway, just up the road from where we were staying was this Roman bath house. Some nice fish mosaics as well as some patterned floors.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

Industrial History

I wasn’t sure about the contrails in this one, but I suppose they reinforce the diagonals of the winch structure.

A while since I put up a post – it’s a bit of a brain teaser trying to remember the way to do it!

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

Italica’s Amphitheatre


A photo taken from the floor of the amphitheatre in Italica, a Roman town in Santiponce, near Seville.  Unfortunately, access around the top of the amphitheatre was restricted so I couldn’t get a view showing the complete oval.   A shame, but as the site of Italica was free to access on the day we visited,  I was not too disappointed.  If you are in the area of Seville, Spain, Italica is well worth a visit.    The local people have a fantastic resource in this Roman site.




When they were in the early days of constructing the Metropol Parasol they discovered some really cool Roman remains, including some lovely floors.  Some creative thinking by all those concerned has allowed an exhibition area, called the Antiquarium, to be included in the base of the Parasol, displaying the floors and giving some background to the trades that were carried out there.


A Corner of Tintagel Castle


Allegedly the place where King Arthur was conceived, under a very decidedly devious deception of his mother.


Castle, Church and Power Station


From the ruins of Pontefract Castle (West Yorkshire).  The stone work in the foreground is part of the fabric of the castle itself, the tower with pinnacles is that of All Saints Church and the power station in the background is Eggborough.  The castle at Pontefract has a long and important history, it’s believed that Richard II was murdered there.