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Beyond the End of Time

Okay, so you know I said that my previous post was called the End of Time because I had no more time-themed photos? I came across this clock after I said that, and couldn’t resist sharing it. (I also found a floral clock in Perth’s botanic garden, but it’s so unspectacular it didn’t seem worth posting.)

This clock might not look too out of place on an English high street. On a shoppping street in Perth, Western Australia, it is wildly incongruous! On the hour, the jousters above the clock come to life and run at each other on tracks. The clock is part of the faux-Tudor facade of something called London Court, a shopping arcade built in 1937. “Tacky” is the only word I can think of to describe it. The motto beneath the clock (in the feature photo) reads “No minute gone comes ever came again, Take heed and see ye nothing do in vain.”

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The End of Time

The rather grand facade of the Fremantle train station (complete with swans!) could lead one to think the station is much more important than it is. But the time on the clock is correct, which is all that counts for the traveller scurrying to catch a train.

I doubt I’ll find another time themed photo for this challenge, so this post is indeed the end of “Time” … for me! Thanks again to Becky for hosting. 🙂

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Serving time

The “Hougoumont” was the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle, Western Australia. Among its voyages was that in 1867 bringing 62 Irish political prisoners (Fenians). Hougomont is also the name of the hotel I’m staying at in Fremantle, and on a wall in the lobby it lists all 62 men, the court where they were tried and the crimes of which they were convicted, and how much time they would have to serve in this dry, barren, isolated outpost of England. Few would ever have returned home.

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Christmas+Time

Martin Place Christmas Tree and GPO clock

This is a close-up of part of the Christmas Tree in Martin Place, with the clock tower of the old GPO (General Post Office) behind. I took this photo just before 12pm yesterday (Christmas Eve), a glorious summer’s day here in Sydney.

Season’s Greetings to everyone!

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Time Down Under

Paddington Town Hall clock tower

Paddington Town Hall clock tower

The Paddington in this post is a suburb of Sydney, not London (and there are no talking bears from darkest Peru, I’m afraid). This clock tower was finished in 1905 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII. The empty flag poles jutting out make me think of a propeller, as if the tower will start to spin and become airborne.

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