The Albion Beatnik Bookstore website (or how a bookshop once changed a light bulb)

The web page of the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford, now closed (as usual) for business: muses and misspills on books, jazz, poetry, stuff like false flags and smoke screen: was randomly decrepit and proven to be more than neo-bankrupt: it was so analogue it was anal and now deceased.

Sunrise at Wittenham Clumps

I spent the night on the Round Hill at Wittenham Clumps to catch sunrise, fortified by a fire, tea, and the best company. Paul Nash described the view from The Clumps as “a beautiful legendary country haunted by old gods long forgotten,” in fact some of the earliest of English settlement. After much anticipation – and with huge and dramatic change in the sky’s colouring, also the clouds’ – the sun began to emerge at about 4:45am. Very quickly it was exultant. My mobile phone bore witness: the modern, transient and insufficient tells of the earth’s foundation and vastness.

final sunrise

Paul Nash and the Wittenham Clumps

3 comments on “Sunrise at Wittenham Clumps

  1. Phi Stewart
    26th June 2017


  2. Cathy O'Neill
    26th June 2017

    What a great idea and thank you for the photos.

  3. juleswhiting
    27th June 2017

    So beautifull…

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