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Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been trying to move house or, more accurately, trying to find a house to move to – and this has taken up most of our free time. But – all being well – we’ve now bought a house in Blackpool. For those of you in the UK who aren’t familiar with it – it’s like Southend, only bigger and (maybe) a bit tackier. For those of you from further afield: if you haven’t ever visited the UK it’s really difficult to explain what Blackpool is like. It’s a typical British seaside resort – glitzy, brash, full of holiday-makers eating fish and chips and ice-creams – but it also has many reminders of its Victorian past – the old trams, the ballroom in the tower, and some wonderfully old architecture.

This is a shot of the tower which was completed in 1894. It was taken over the weekend and as it was a rather dull day it needed quite a bit of PS’ing to get it looking anywhere near reasonable, but I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. I would suspect, if the move goes ahead without too many problems, that there’ll be quite a few more shots of this structure as the year progresses :-)

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comment by m a z i a r at 03:37 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

++ like Metropolis . majestic ++

comment by lynn at 03:51 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

tacky plus tradional, as found in many british beach resorts, makes a very photogenic combination..i'm sure that amazing photos - like this one - will result from your move!

comment by btezra at 04:08 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

~the extreme tilt really adds to the impact of the shot and the structure itself, well presented~

comment by Vitor at 04:22 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004


Ive just found your photoblog and im amazed with your pictures... Very good indeed!

Regards from Portugal

comment by Matt at 05:58 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

This photo makes me feel like I'm falling! Of coarse as an ignorant american I thought this was the Eiffel Tower ;). It's very sureal though, I like it!

comment by Martin at 06:27 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

I grew up just up the road in the even tackier Morecambe; perhaps this explains why I ran away to America. I showed Blackpool and Morecambe to my American wife on one visit back home - she didn't get it even when she saw it in the flesh. It is pretty hard to explain when she saw people who'd driven specially to be there, sitting eatting icecreams in winter coats, hiding from the rain in bus shelters.

Good luck with the new house and I look forward to pictures of the illuminations (do they still happen?) in the fall/autumn.

Regards - Martin

comment by Tudy at 07:45 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

its dizzying.. but in the nicest way. Great shot.

comment by djn1 at 07:51 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

Martin: no, I don't get the icecream in winter thing either :-) As for the illuminations: yes, as far as I know they're still there. There's also the world's largest mirror ball down near the South Pier - it's about 15' across, mounted on a large pole - only in Blackpool ;-)

comment by Kate at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

All those visits and not once did I get to go to the top. Excellent picture, you've done the old tower proud.

comment by RainKing at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 19 April, 2004

Sjeez, for a moment I thought it was the Eiffel Tower! That diagonal composition is great. Lovely pic.

comment by jane at 12:08 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2004

Blackpool is gonna be a veritable feast of images for your magic eye!!!! Can't wait!

comment by djn1 at 02:46 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2004

Thanks everyone. And no, it's definitely not the Eiffel Tower, though it isn't entirely dissimilar. Actually, I didn't know which was built first, and was rather dissapointed to find out that the Eiffel Tower pre-dates this one by about five years.

comment by Muk at 08:36 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2004

My first reaction was: Eifel tower. Nice angle.