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Most of us have probably signed up to a website and then been unable to access it because we’ve forgotten the password.

I signed up to the Guardian Witness website on 18th October 2006. Back then, those of us who signed up were given an ID number. Mine is ID114202. Anyone signing up now can use a name but The Guardian hasn’t provided any means by which those of us who were assigned a number can update our membership to show a name instead.

Back in 2009, for some forgotten reason, I tried to access my Guardian account but I couldn’t remember my password and there was no system in place to recover it. I tried to sign up again and was met with an automated response to the effect that the email address I was providing belonged to another account.

Consequently I opened a new account, on 9th September 2009, using a different email address, and was assigned the ID number, ID3777763.

Before I started uploading photos, I’d never bothered to sign in because I didn’t need to just to read articles. I came across the photography assignments page in about November/ December 2014 and needed to log in so that I could submit my photos. Without thinking, I logged in with my old account information, including my once forgotten password. I recorded my ‘forgotten’ password and made my photography submissions ensuring that I stayed logged in.

About four months ago, I was having a few problems with my browser so I used a different one. I opened The Guardian Witness website and made my submissions which appeared on The Guardian Witness website. I didn’t notice that the different browser was logged in to my later ID.

The photos below appear on my alternative 2009 Guardian Witness website. It’s a one-off because I’ve gone back to the 2006 website because I have eleven pages of photos there.

So, the standard beginning:

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Fifteen minutes in La Grande-Motte – 1

Walking along Quai Georges Pompidou, 34280 La Grande-Motte, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, I took this photo at 320 Quai Georges Pompidou.
La Grande Motte is a resort town built mainly between 1960 and 1975 on undeveloped beachfront land. Jean Balladur, the project architect, was inspired by modernist architecture in Brazil, especially the work of architect Oscar Niemeyer and by pre-Columbian pyramids like those of Teotihuacan, Mexico. Pierre Pillet, the landscaper, was involved in selecting plants that would thrive in the marine climate.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966945

Fifteen minutes in La Grande-Motte – 2

One minute later, the next building displays stunning architecture at 320 Quai Georges Pompidou, 34280 La Grande-Motte, France.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966946

Fifteen minutes in La Grande-Motte – 3

Another minute later, a different view of the same building at 320 Quai Georges Pompidou, 34280 La Grande-Motte, France.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966947

Fifteen minutes in La Grande-Motte – 4

Some twelve minutes later, I took this photograph from the Marina Esplanade Maurice Justin, 34280, La Grande Motte which has either 1,452 or 1,538 moorings depending on which official website one reads. The development includes the Palais de Congrès (conference centre) and the church of St. Augustine and is a favourite resort in France with over two million visitors a year.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966949

A walk south on the Lido di Venezia – 1

The Lion’s Bar, Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi 31, Lido di Venezia 30126 Venezia.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966950

A walk south on the Lido di Venezia – 2

The Excelsior Hotel, Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi 41, Lido di Venezia 30126. This Moorish style hotel was built in 1908.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966951

A walk south on the Lido di Venezia – 3

The entrance to the Excelsior Hotel, Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi 41, Lido di Venezia 30126.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966952

A walk south on the Lido di Venezia – 4

I walked in and sat down in the architecturally fascinating lounge of the Excelsior Hotel, Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi 41, Lido di Venezia 30126.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966953

A walk south on the Lido di Venezia – 5

I took a walk around the grounds and the garden of the Excelsior Hotel, Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi 41, Lido di Venezia 30126 to see the architectural design of the back of the building. The garden steps lead straight onto the beach.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d6c766e4b023cfa49ebb8c/1966954

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A quiet rest guaranteed

How much did you say chair hire is?!! The golden beach at Saint George South (Ágios Geórgios), Corfu.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d82085e4b0fd1a8c7d06ce/1960009

We wanted a rest away from the crowds

… but this is just scary. A walk along the coast between Petriti beach and Messonghi, Corfu.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d82085e4b0fd1a8c7d06ce/1960007

A loving rest almost in the shadows

By Chartres Cathedral, 16 Cloître Notre Dame, 28000 Chartres, France.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d82085e4b0fd1a8c7d06ce/1960005

Luxurious rest

“We’re so grateful that you came so far just for us. We’ve got your room ready. Please have a good rest and if you need anything just ring room service.” A bedroom in the abandoned 13th century mansion just 100m from Petriti beach, Corfu, once owned by Lady Palatianou-Adams, wife of the British High Commissioner and Governor of Corfu, Lord Frederick Adams.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56d82085e4b0fd1a8c7d06ce/1960001

Steve Marriott

Post by @Ulla Fudge.

Source: “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” FILMSCRIPT – Wes Anderson

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Darkness, light and astrophysics 1

The mystery tour with all concept of distance lost. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56c5f3a4e4b001aafcf8d642/1951296

Darkness, light and astrophysics 2

The mystery tour with all concept of time lost. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56c5f3a4e4b001aafcf8d642/1951299

Darkness, light and astrophysics 3

The mystery tour – almost there. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56c5f3a4e4b001aafcf8d642/1951302

Origins – Unpublished

STAIRCASES

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Staircase in the Musée national du Moyen Âge, formerly the Musée de Cluny, 6 place Paul Painlevé – 75005 Paris. (Quartier Latin – 5e Arrondissement)
This is the only surviving mediaeval palace in Paris. The original building was the town house or hôtel of the Abbotts of Cluny from 1334. It was rebuilt by the temporarily incumbent abbot, Jacques d’Amboise, between 1485 – 1510, combining both Gothic and Renaissance features.
Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Tudor, lived there in 1515 after the death of Louis XII, her husband.
The hôtel was confiscated by the state in 1789. It was purchased from the state by Alexandre du Sommerard in 1833 to house his collection of medieval and Renaissance art objects. His collection was bought by the state in 1842 on his death and the building was opened as a museum the following year, 1843.
The present gardens opened in 1971.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56c46421e4b0fc61b98c2f31/1948125

The stairway to the Panoramic View overlooking Corfu Airport, Kerkira 491008, Greece
“Don’t you mean the stairway to Heaven? Home-made food, coffee, ice cream and soft drinks!” The white building in the background is the 12th century Vlacherna monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Vlacherna.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56c46421e4b0fc61b98c2f31/1948129

An unusual staircase in Mandelieu La Napoule, France
“Just put your pyjamas on and get upstairs at once!”
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56c46421e4b0fc61b98c2f31/1948131

Make sure you hold on to the banister. Oh dear, no banister!
The fashionable and elegantly designed stairs leading up from the golden beach at Saint George South (Ágios Geórgios), Corfu to the Barbayiannis Bar in the village of Argyrádes, Corfu.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56c46421e4b0fc61b98c2f31/1948141

FIRE

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The Devil is in the detail.

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56af2f4ee4b0c42dd192fbae/1946847

February sky in Wiltshire.

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56af2f4ee4b0c42dd192fbae/1946849

“We have to get the van back in an hour. Where did you park it?”

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56af2f4ee4b0c42dd192fbae/1946852

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