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Old 17th November 2012
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'Climbing up on Solsbury Hill'

Some of the earliest digital images I have weren't taken with a camera but one of these:

A Sony Vaio PCG-C1. It was a tiny sub-notebook computer, very much ahead of its time in 1998 and forerunner of today's netbooks. It was so small it couldn't even accommodate a trackpad - it had a pointing device in the centre of the keyboard instead, which was surprisingly effective. And it had a massive 3.2Gb hard drive! And it had a very rudimentary camera. Although it was a beautiful device and small enough to carry almost anywhere, its achilles heels were the crazily small hard drive (from which it had to run Windows) and the battery which only lasted an hour or so.

For many years we lived in Bath in the shadow of Little Solsbury Hill, as in the Peter Gabriel song:

I used to greatly enjoy climbing up Solsbury Hill and walk around its still impressive ramparts. Although I can't say that any eagles spoke to me.

Sometimes the children would come with me and one day I took the Vaio with me so I could take some photos. I think these were taken in 1998 or 1999.

As you can see, the camera didn't exactly have the highest resolution. These photos are full size!

Someone had built a stone circle and the children decided to remodel it. Look at the difference in size between the two of them! Daughter was not going to be outdone by her big brother!

There was also a small maze cut into the side of the hill. As you can see, the camera didn't have a very high shutter speed!

'Our house is over there.'

Brotherly love.

Thanks for looking and please forgive the nostalgia rush on my part.

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Re: 'Climbing up on Solsbury Hill'

My goodness, isn't the quality terrible! Shows how far we have come in a relatively short 14 years.

But for all that these pictures are priceless and have an ageless charm that is perhaps enhanced all the more by the softness. I like the song, too.

"A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau
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