Thankfully, Blenheim Palace is just 20 minutes down the road from where I live, so in June this year I brought my family along for a visit. One good thing about the venue is that they let you upgrade your day ticket into an Annual Pass for free, an offer that we gratefully accepted. I even managed to squeeze in another visit in July, having convinced a few friends to accompany me for a walk around the grounds.
Below are some pictures from my two trips to Blenheim Palace:
And finally, a gallery of miscellaneous pictures taken during those visits:
In order to become an Examination Fellow, one has to sit for a written examination, consisting of four papers lasting three hours each. Unfortunately for clinician-scientists like me, these papers normally cover specialist subjects like Classical Studies, Law, History, English Literature, Economics, Politics, or Philosophy i.e. subjects which I now very little about!
In the past, there also used to be a fifth paper consisting of only a single word. Candidates then had to write an essay in response to the chosen word. Crazy, huh?
I am in the process of writing a post on Blenheim Palace but it is not quite ready yet, so in the meantime, enjoy this picture of a dandelion seed head I took while jogging in Cutteslowe Park yesterday.
I took these pictures in early June as I was cycling to the hospital. Along the cycle path I noticed a series of dense spider webs but what struck me was how neatly spaced-out they were (see second picture). I’d love to know why, and more importantly, how they can estimate the distance between neighbouring webs.
Any araneologist lurking around in here might care to explain perhaps?