Sunday, December 04, 2005

A dance to the music of time

A visit to the 4,700 year old stone ring at Avebury. The general site is typical National Trust, under-invested and scrappy, nothing like the sophisticated visitor centre you would get in the States.

The picture shows Clare and some of the standing stones. There is a huge ditch and rampart to the right. As always, the purpose of the site is a mystery. We were particularly struck by the sheer size and mass of the stones - almost unimaginable in the effort required to move and situate them.

On the way home, we appropriately listened to a radio programme on Anthony Powell's 12 volume novel sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time" (which we sadly haven't read, despite a number of contributors opining that the work is an all-time masterpiece of literature).

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