Split-Second Story 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Today’s edition of “Split-Second Story” comes to you from Oxford, England, where self spent the day on the grounds of Christ Church, one of Oxford’s largest colleges, founded by King Henry VIII in 1532 (Self watched a 15-minute video at the Visitor Center).

Here are a few things she learned from the video:

The chapel is Norman, built in the 11th century.

Saint Frideswide, “England’s first saint,” became renowned for her chastity by rejecting the advances of an amorous king.  Since the king was absolutely relentless, Frideswide took refuge in the woods of Oxfordshire, and became the center of a cult of devotees which included Catherine of Aragon.

And now to the pictures which, of all the dozens she took today, feel most evocative of “story-in-a-single-frame”:

A knight in full armor lies in state in Christ Church Chapel, Oxford.

A knight in full armor lies in state in Christ Church Chapel, Oxford.

Self saw ducks feeding on bread crumbs left by visitors.

Self saw ducks feeding on bread crumbs left by visitors.

Father Haslam, Dublin native:  He is 92, self knew him in the Philippines. He is here regaling the waitress with a story.  He is a fabulous raconteur.

Father Haslam, Dublin native: He is 92, self knew him in the Philippines. He is here regaling the waitress with a story. He is a fabulous raconteur.  We were dining at St. Kyran’s in Ireland.

Split-Second Story 3: The Trials and Tribulations of Self, May 2014

NOOOO!  Aer Lingus went on strike! Self was stuck in Ireland! Her tickets were non-refundable!

NOOOO! Aer Lingus went on strike! Self was stuck in Ireland! Her tickets were non-refundable!  How, how was she going to get herself to Oxford for the Saboteur Awards on May 31?

Self ended up taking the Ferry to Wales. From there, she took a train to London.

YAY!  Self was able to take a ferry to Wales!  Only 3 1/2 hours!   From Bangor, Wales!  Then, despite a body on the tracks, a train diversion, and various improbables, self arrived in Euston Station, London!  It only took her nine hours!

And now, the winner of Saboteur Awards for Best Novella of 2013 is -- DRUM ROLL TA-RA!  (Stay tuned)

Yay!  Self landed in Cambridge!  Then took the X5 to Oxford!  And had a great shawarma at the very end of her journey!  And now, the winner of Saboteur Awards for Best Novella of 2013 is — DRUM ROLL TA-RA! (Stay tuned)

 

Split-Second Story 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

CAPTURE AN IMAGE THAT TELLS A FULL STORY IN A SINGLE FRAME.

Quite challenging, the week’s Photo Challenge theme is, yeah?

Graduation Reception, Claremont Graduate School, May 2013

Graduation Reception, Claremont Graduate School, May 2013

Doggie Love, Trieste:  May 2013

Doggie Love, Trieste: May 2013.  Trieste was a spectacular city.  Self was there two nights in the first week of May.  When oh when can she return?

Love endures:  Graffiti scrawled on a pillar on the portico next to the Doge's Palace, April 2013

Love endures: Graffiti scrawled on a pillar on the portico next to the Doge’s Palace, April 2013

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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