Saturday 30 October 2010

The clock

Newton Abbot, at the head of the Teign estuary, is a prosperous market town which is so centrally situated that it fully implements its proud boast that tourists who make the town their centre can visit any beauty spot in Devon and return in time for dinner.  Courtney Park near the station is bordered by charming 19th century villas.  The town centre has some Georgian brick houses and stucco blocks gaily painted in a variety of pastel shades.
So it says on the reverse of the card (dated 1979).  Not that the card shows any of that.  It shows the Clock Tower, or St Leonard's Tower.  It is all that remains of St Leonard's Chapel, built in 1220.  Nearby there is a plaque to commemorate William of Orange's overnight stay in 1688.

There are two working clocks on the tower.  I focus on the clocks because tonight in the UK and, as far as I know, all of Europe, the clocks go back one hour, and summertime ends.  At 3 a.m. precisely.

Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel. ~ Samuel Johnson

By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.~ Victor Hugo

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.~ Jean-Paul Sartre

When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London. ~ Bette Midler
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