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Madison, Jefferson, Monroe

The fourth (Madison), third (Jefferson) and fifth (Monroe) Presidents of the United States stand guard over one of the main entrances to downtown Charlottesville from their eyrie on City Hall. Jefferson and Madison are two of the States’ founding fathers, and James Monroe is considered to be one too, depending on which online sources are consulted.

The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.” ~ James Monroe.

Not far away is the Freedom of Speech wall on 605 E Main Street. On it is inscribed the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which ironically usually lies unseen beneath all the chalked free expression.

The talking statue

Brunel: One of London's Talking Statues

Since the last time we met Brunel, he’s moved platforms* and become one of London’s Talking Statues.

Hugh Bonneville plays the part of Brunel.  I can feel another London project coming on…

* = The Paddington bench currently resides where Brunel used to be. They remind me of the Musical Statues game we used to play as children 😉

Brunel statue at Paddington Station

Friday Bench: Two Tunnels

Bench at the Two Tunnels entrance in Bath

The Two Tunnels stretch of the Sustrans cycle path in Bath is proving to be most popular since it opened last summer. We had an enjoyable walk through both last month and discovered quite a surprise in the tunnels themselves. However, it’s more appropriate today to focus on the bench at the start of our walk.

The people featured were voted by residents for their resonance with Bath. They are a Roman centurion, Harry Patch (the last Tommy) and Winter Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams.