The strangest country I ever visited was England…
…but I visited it at a very early age…
Royal Pavillion, Brighton, Sussex
… and so became a little queer myself.
England is extremely subtle; and about the best of it there is something almost secretive…
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square, Walsall, Staffordshire, WS2
… it is an amateur even more than aristocratic in tradition…
Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, York, Yorkshire, YO1
… it is never official.
From GK Chesterton’s Autobiography (1936)
A lonely sail is flashing white
Amidst the blue mist of the sea!
HGP Architects' Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1
What does it seek in foreign lands?
What did it leave behind at home?
From Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov’s Sail (1832)