Liquid Gold, Autumn Reflections in The River Dour, The Park Inn, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 25, 2009

The Park Inn at 1-2 Park Place, Ladywell, Dover, Kent, UK, overhangs the River Dour on its southern side and this beautiful autumn scene was taken by simply leaning out of a side window and pointing my camera upstream.

I had to make a conscious effort, however, not to become so engrossed in taking the photo that I forgot how gravity works (and I've done that before!).

Part of the white wall surrounding The Park Inn rear area can be seen just above centre on the right-hand edge of the image.

In terms of the River Dour photos currently available on this website, the river flows down from the Weir near Bridge Street, goes under the road (behind the viewer), then emerges alongside Ladywell Carpark where the "The Pigeon who thinks It`s an Eagle" photo was taken (from there it goes on to Pencester Gardens, etc.)

The Park Inn is a very popular inn with both locals (including me!) and tourists. The caption to the main Park Inn photo begins:

This Victorian public house has a restaurant and accomodation that ranges from single to double-rooms, one of which contains a four-poster bed. It serves real ales and there is entertainment on every Friday and Saturday night, quite often on a Sunday, too, [in the winter] a pub quiz team plays on Thursdays.

Click on the above photo to see a large image or see the Liquid Gold: The River Dour at The Park Inn (Picasa Web) version.

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Arnie54 on November 1, 2009

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John Latter on November 1, 2009

Thank you, Arnie - Greetings from Dover, England :)

John Latter on November 23, 2010

In addition to those found under the Bowling Green tag, the following photo was also taken nearby:

River Dour Cleaning, Ladywell Carpark

And another pub:

The Sir John Falstaff

Plus, of course, all photos of the Town Hall.

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on December 14, 2010

The River Dour and the origin of "Dour"

Extracts from Brythonic Languages:

The Brythonic or Brittonic languages (Welsh: ieithoedd Brythonaidd/Prydeinig, Cornish: yethow Brythonek/Predennek, Breton: yezhoù Predenek) form one of the two branches of the Insular Celtic language family, the other being Goidelic.

The Brythonic languages derive from the British language, spoken throughout Britain south of the Firth of Forth during the Iron Age and Roman period.

The Brythonic branch is also referred to as P-Celtic (like Gaulish).

The modern Brythonic languages are generally considered to all derive from a common ancestral language termed Brittonic, British, Common Brythonic, Old Brythonic or Proto-Brythonic, which is thought to have developed from Proto-Celtic or early Insular Celtic by the 6th century BC.

The number of Celtic river names in England generally increases from east to west, a map showing these being given by Jackson ("Language and history in early Britain: a chronological survey of the Brittonic languages, 1st to 12th Century AD"). These names include ones such as Avon, Chew, Frome, Axe, Brue and Exe.

Also river names containing the roots "der-/dar-/dur- " and " -went" E.G. "Derwent, Darwen, Dart, Deer, Adur, Dour, Darent, Went". The Celtic origins seem likely, the meanings more controvertial: Some associate "Der-/Dar-" with the Brythonic word for "OAK(S)" ("derv/dervenn" in Breton, "derow/derowenn" in Cornish, "derw/derwen" in Welsh. Possible but there would have been a lot of oaks around; maybe there was.

As to "-went" some claim this to be a word for "valley" or associated with the Celtic word "nant" for river (like in Welsh). This seems a very unlikely derivation, as there is no known initial consonantal changes from "n-" to "w-". More likely is that the "Der-/Dar-/Dur-" means "water" (c.f. "Dour" in Breton, dowr in Cornish, Dŵr in Welsh) and "-(g)wen(n)(t)" means white/pure.

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  • Uploaded on October 25, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/10/25 13:26:13
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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