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Carcassonne, Languedoc, France

The fortified city of Carcassonne, Languedoc, Winter 2008.

The fortress of Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited place in France outside Paris. It was heavily (and creatively) restored by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc in the 1850’s so it has a strange ersatz appearance that is reinforced by the souvenir shops and cafeterias that occupy the grounds. Out of season its a grey, damp and quite spooky place. Great for drawing though.

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General Election

parliament election 2010

The day after the 2010 General Election I went down to Parliament to see what was going on. The media had set up camp to watch the process that would eventually lead to a coalition government being formed. The green outside Parliament is an interesting place at these times with spin doctors and news anchors rubbing shoulders with the tramps and nutters that are the green’s everyday population.

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