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Superb statue and composition

Thank you very much Diggory. Happy Christmas to you. Cheers Wiggy

Greetings, Diggory!! According to an article from the Daily Mail, 22 March, 2014, this is the case: "The Church of England attracts fewer than 800,000 worshippers to its churches on a typical Sunday, according to new estimates yesterday. Numbers in the pews have fallen to less than half the levels of the 1960s, the count showed. The signs of continuing decline in support for the CofE follow census evidence of a widespread fall in allegiance to Christianity, with numbers calling themselves Christian dropping by more than four million in a decade" However, the CofE claims that congregations in Cathedrals are increasing. There is also a tendency for churches to be used as "community centres" in rural areas, with the installation of toilet facilities, etc.. Hope this helps, Diggory.

Nice photo Diggory, my local river The Mersey never freezes although it does get quite cold. Thanks for your kind comment on my photo and I wish you a happy Christmas and the best of luck in the New Year.

Best Regards from Liverpool Pete.

Hi dear David!It is Obvodny Canal!

Obvodny Canal (Russian: Обводный канал, lit. Bypass Canal) is the longest canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which in the 19th century served as the southern limit of the city. It is 8 km long and flows from the Neva River near Alexander Nevsky Lavra to the Yekaterinhofka not far from the sea port. The canal was dug in 1769-1780 and 1805-1833. By the late 19th century with the Industrial Revolution it had effectively become a sewer collecting wastewater of adjacent industrial enterprises. Eventually the canal became shallow and now is not navigable anymore. The banks of the canal are lined with granite.

Yes it is Diggory Venn. I got to it just in time as it has now been moved to the Dyson Factory HQ in Malmesbury and it is no longer on public display!!!

with abandoned mill in its end

it has very clean air

what does this mean?..

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