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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kansas - There's no place like home

Home is where the heart is



SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

You say the word ‘Kansas’ to someone, the reflex response is “there’s no place like home” (generally speaking, however there will be some who ignore your proclamation, mutter ‘weirdo’ under their breath and resume their place in the queue for the bus). Thanks, perhaps in part to the dawn of Technicolor and some catchy ditties, the 1930s movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’ planted Kansas in all our psyches for eternity. The place where tornadoes threw houses into parallel universes, witches were good and bad and had a penchant for bicycles and monkeys, and little dogs named Toto saved the day.



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nebraska - and the Great Plains

Lost in a sea of flowers


MODERN DAY PIONEERS
As we tumbled from South Dakota into Nebraska on our Great Plains roadtrip, I felt a burgeoning kinship with the early pioneers. Men, women and children encouraged to “Go West” for a better life.To steal a quote from the time...

“The Cowards never started. The weak died on the way. Only the strong survived, they were the Pioneers.”



Thursday, August 27, 2015

South Dakota - Great Faces Great Places

Presidents rock!

"TAKE ME BACK TO THE BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA"

While driving from North Dakota to South Dakota we noticed a curious thing - the Dakotas span two time zones! Back in the day the railroad magnates engineered this time conundrum, it appears to have no rhyme or reason as we flipped back and forth from Mountain time to Central time. After a while, I stopped looking at my watch and started searching for a tardis.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

North Dakota - Bismarck

Right out of Huckleberry Finn


IT ALL STARTED IN THE GREAT PLAINS

When it comes to carbon footprints, whether you’re leaving a dinosaur stomp or a newborn bootie print, you have to admit, America is designed for the motorcar. Back in August we decided to revisit our plan to see America’s Great Plains. First stop, the Dakotas…