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Camping in Cornwall 3: The mote in your eye [20090423|21:35]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Lydford Gorge falls Like nine tenths of the people visiting Cornwall over Easter weekend, we went to the Eden Project on the rainy bank holiday Monday. The previous day had been warm and sunny. On the bus that ferried us from the car park to the entrance, everyone was soaked. Everyone was smiling and making jokes. It amused me no end to think that they wouldn't have been nearly as happy if the sky were cloudless blue.

The Eden Project's unusual geodesic dome architecture and encyclopaedic collection of global flora impressed us. The lack of specific information about plants and trees, like labels with common names, let alone the Latin, did not. Neither did the heavy-handed environmental message with which they took every opportunity to bash us over the head. I managed to remain unfazed by it until we reached a section containing a collection of desert Californian plants. A large sign introduced it. "California is chiefly known for:
  • Abundant sunshine
  • Development of computer technology
  • Poor immigrant labour."
At that point, I suffered a sense of humour failure. It seemed to me like being greeted at Heathrow by a sign reading: "Welcome to the United Kingdom. England is chiefly known for:
  • Obsessive tea consumption
  • Stiff upper lipped-ness
  • Oppressive imperialism."
I'm not saying Hollywood, surfing and the Governator are necessarily more positive Californian attributes, but they could have at least tried to be a bit more tactful.

[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2009-04-23 20:48 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-23 21:49 (UTC)
Exactly. To underscore the point, the photo on this post has as much to do with the Eden Project as that sign had to do with botany.

Edited at 2009-04-23 09:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-04-23 21:30 (UTC)

that's not very helpful information for understanding plants, as far as I can tell. Or am I missing something?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-23 21:51 (UTC)
No, I think you've got a pretty good idea what the Eden Project is like.
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[User Picture]From: foreverdirt
2009-04-24 02:14 (UTC)
:/ Oh, Eden Project FAIL.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-24 10:00 (UTC)
I think maybe there's just a very small probability that it might be run by self-righteous hippies. But I'm not entirely sure.
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2009-04-24 08:12 (UTC)
I've not been to the Eden Project, since I stopped living realtively nearby (in Plymouth) just before it was opened. I'm not really feeling a need to rectify that now.

I am however slightly weirded out by the fact that as I sat on the train this morning I was thinking randomly about Lydford Gorge and here it is on the web looking back at me.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-24 10:12 (UTC)
Bits of the hiking trail around Lydford Gorge are pretty terrifying. Staying on the narrow path while clinging to the slippery metal bar running around the cliff face? Not so easy. It was beautiful, though.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-24 10:16 (UTC)
I imagine it would go something like this.

  • Its creation in 1948
  • Being part of the Fertile Crescent
  • A long, violent history of bitter divisive religious clashes
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