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Approaching Saint Catherine’s Monastery, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt “James, stop photographing rocks and keep up!” The monastery was built between 548 and 565 and is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Housing the world’s oldest continually operating library it possesses the Syriac Sinaiticus, a late 4th-century manuscript of 358 pages which contains a translation of the four canonical gospels of the New Testament into Syriac. Until 1859, it also housed the Codex Sinaiticus or “Sinai Bible” which is an ancient, handwritten copy of the Greek Bible, most of which is now held in the British Library, London. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5645b219e4b04096fed8b8dd/1805765

Approaching Saint Catherine’s Monastery, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt
“James, stop photographing rocks and keep up!” The monastery was built between 548 and 565 and is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Housing the world’s oldest continually operating library it possesses the Syriac Sinaiticus, a late 4th-century manuscript of 358 pages which contains a translation of the four canonical gospels of the New Testament into Syriac. Until 1859, it also housed the Codex Sinaiticus or “Sinai Bible” which is an ancient, handwritten copy of the Greek Bible, most of which is now held in the British Library, London. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5645b219e4b04096fed8b8dd/1805765

The Tour Guide Follows In Dahab, Egypt The man in charge comes last, following the other six riders to ensure their safety. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5645b219e4b04096fed8b8dd/1805773

The Tour Guide Follows In Dahab, Egypt
The man in charge comes last, following the other six riders to ensure their safety. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5645b219e4b04096fed8b8dd/1805773

Making Tracks In The Sand In The Sinai Desert “Why don’t you guys follow me for a change?” https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5645b219e4b04096fed8b8dd/1805777

Making Tracks In The Sand In The Sinai Desert
“Why don’t you guys follow me for a change?”
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MORE WHEELS

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Gear System This gear system waterwheel and toothed lifting device, based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci, stands in the grounds of his final home, the Château du Clos Lucé, 2 Rue du Clos Lucé, 37400 Amboise, France. In 1965, two lost manuscripts written by Leonardo da Vinci (The Madrid Codices I-II) were discovered in the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid by Dr. Jules Piccus, Language Professor at the University of Massachusetts. Leonardo da Vinci had completed volume I between 1490 and 1499 and volume II between 1503 and 1505. In the first volume, he introduced and dealt scientifically with the idea of transmission by means of toothed gears. His findings are the basis for the gear system in every machine, past or present, that relies upon a gear system. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1795204

Leonardo da Vinci’s Gear System
This gear system waterwheel and toothed lifting device, based on a design by Leonardo da Vinci, stands in the grounds of his final home, the Château du Clos Lucé, 2 Rue du Clos Lucé, 37400 Amboise, France. In 1965, two lost manuscripts written by Leonardo da Vinci (The Madrid Codices I-II) were discovered in the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid by Dr. Jules Piccus, Language Professor at the University of Massachusetts. Leonardo da Vinci had completed volume I between 1490 and 1499 and volume II between 1503 and 1505. In the first volume, he introduced and dealt scientifically with the idea of transmission by means of toothed gears. His findings are the basis for the gear system in every machine, past or present, that relies upon a gear system.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1795204

Abandoned Carriage Wheel, Axle And Suspension I saw this broken, discarded wheel lying in open woodland behind a hotel in which I spent a night shortly after visiting the Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France. It was clearly a heritage piece, well preserved and respected by visitors. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1795208

Abandoned Carriage Wheel, Axle And Suspension
I saw this broken, discarded wheel lying in open woodland behind a hotel in which I spent a night shortly after visiting the Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France. It was clearly a heritage piece, well preserved and respected by visitors.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1795208

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WHEELS

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Waterwheel This waterwheel was constructed from the drawings and descriptions contained in Leonard da Vinci’s notebooks and stands in the grounds of the Château du Clos Lucé, 2 Rue du Clos Lucé, 37400 Amboise, France. The Château was built in 1471 and Leonardo Da Vinci was invited to live here in 1516 by King Francis I. It was Leonard da Vinci’s home until his death in 1519 at the age of 67. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1793529

Leonardo da Vinci’s Waterwheel
This waterwheel was constructed from the drawings and descriptions contained in Leonard da Vinci’s notebooks and stands in the grounds of the Château du Clos Lucé, 2 Rue du Clos Lucé, 37400 Amboise, France. The Château was built in 1471 and Leonardo Da Vinci was invited to live here in 1516 by King Francis I. It was Leonard da Vinci’s home until his death in 1519 at the age of 67.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1793529

Portuguese Waterwheel 1 On my way to the Ria Park Hotel & Spa, Vale do Lobo, 8135-951 Almancil, Portugal, I saw this old waterwheel. I never discovered whether or not it was still in use. It wasn’t unlike those designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th-16th C and recorded in his notebooks. It was worth stopping for and photographing because I didn’t know when I might see another. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1793533

Portuguese Waterwheel 1
On my way to the Ria Park Hotel & Spa, Vale do Lobo, 8135-951 Almancil, Portugal, I saw this old waterwheel. I never discovered whether or not it was still in use. It wasn’t unlike those designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th-16th C and recorded in his notebooks. It was worth stopping for and photographing because I didn’t know when I might see another.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1793533

Portuguese Waterwheel 2 Settled in at the Ria Park Hotel & Spa, Vale do Lobo, 8135-951 Almancil, Portugal, I saw this old waterwheel on my way back from the beach. I hadn’t seen and photographed an old waterwheel here since just before I arrived the previous day. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1793535

Portuguese Waterwheel 2
Settled in at the Ria Park Hotel & Spa, Vale do Lobo, 8135-951 Almancil, Portugal, I saw this old waterwheel on my way back from the beach. I hadn’t seen and photographed an old waterwheel here since just before I arrived the previous day.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5630c6f5e4b07e373ce97a23/1793535

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WET

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Venice – It’s Still A Bit Wet Out There “The clothes are dry but how do I get to them?” https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/563240a2e4b097ba40e93a08/1785562

Venice – It’s Still A Bit Wet Out There
“The clothes are dry but how do I get to them?”
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Walking Near Salcombe In Devon “Why don’t you go down and check. Call me if the water’s warm." https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/563240a2e4b097ba40e93a08/1785568

Walking Near Salcombe In Devon
“Why don’t you go down and check. Call me if the water’s warm.”
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The Body In The Pool The Hôtel du Château “Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne”. Security was alerted and the body quickly removed. No more was heard of the incident and no one has asked questions. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/563240a2e4b097ba40e93a08/1785573

The Body In The Pool
The Hôtel du Château “Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne”. Security was alerted and the body quickly removed. No more was heard of the incident and no one has asked questions.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/563240a2e4b097ba40e93a08/1785573

Corfu – The Coast Walk To Messonghi The non-existent line separating the road from the sea, unlit at night. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/563240a2e4b097ba40e93a08/1785575

Corfu – The Coast Walk To Messonghi
The non-existent line separating the road from the sea, unlit at night.
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Julius Cæsar wrote that he crossed the River Thames on foot 80 miles from the sea. Brentford is 80 miles from the beach at which Julius Cæsar is said to have landed. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56261b84e4b00378ab588bbf/1779842

The Thames At Brentford 
Julius Cæsar wrote that he crossed the River Thames on foot 80 miles from the sea. Brentford is 80 miles from the beach at which Julius Cæsar is said to have landed.
https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/56261b84e4b00378ab588bbf/1779842

 

 

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