Good Morning Everyone,
If you look carefully, you will see that the lamppost is far from vertical.
It is commonly called the 'Drunken Lamppost', hence 'one over the eight'!
Let me explain:
Origin : One over the eight
This originated as UK military slang. The first reference to it in print is in Fraser and Gibbons' Soldier & Sailor Words, 1925:
"One over the eight, one drink too many. Slightly intoxicated, the presumption being that an average 'moderate' man can safely drink eight glasses of beer."
After a gallon of beer 'slightly intoxicated' seems a bit of an understatement. Beer was weaker in the 1920s than it is now, but even so!
This drunken lamppost is on Steep Hill, Lincoln. When you look at the steepness of the incline, it's seems quite possible that the lamppost has become bent by people holding on to it for a rest!
There is a great link here which features people's memories of going up Steep Hill, Lincoln.
You can see a bigger version here
Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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tyro (21186) 2014-02-04 2:12
An interesting note - and I am reminded of Hogarth's 18th Century print of "Gin Lane" where the inscription over the door of the gin cellar reads:
"Drunk for a Penny,
Dead Drunk for Twopence,
Clean straw for Nothing".
Nice to remember too that some of us oldies still can recall how many pints there are in a gallon!
A very fine photograph of this drunken lamppost - I hope that's not been the result of heavy rainfalls and that Steep Hill is about to disappear down a huge sink hole?
A well composed photograph with the lamppost perfectly placed in the frame and the nice curve of the street leading the eye past all the interesting old brick buildings. Lovely bright light and colours, perfect exposure and exellent details and sharpness.
P.S. A good link to the larger version on "beta" TE! :o)
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-04 2:26
la foto è molto originale e nello stesso tempo rappresenta in maniera perfetta il tipico scorcio di cittadina inglese con le case con i mattoni a vista e le tipiche finestre.
Graziosa nella composizione e gradevolissima anche per i colori e la luce.
Ciao e buona giornata
Nicou (126490) 2014-02-04 2:28
Un cadrage très recherché avec des banc en premie rplan quelle vue de bas en haut ça grimpe la rue et ce pavage et les façades des maisons sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2014-02-04 2:30
wow, what a composition here! Like the 'intoxicated' lamppost being slant, really an interesting erection. You captured this street view superbly with great light and depth. Natural colour tone. A superb one indeed... Tfs.
snunney (87436) 2014-02-04 3:57
I have know idea how you would say that in metric:-) I like the point of view in this very well presented composition and the detail to be observed in the brickwork. The drunken lamppost is a nice addition.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-04 4:58
one over the eight for me would have the lamp post horizontal! This is wonderful though, I do like your observation and superb composition so that it is both delightful and effective. Original and amusing imagery!
mirosu (15102) 2014-02-04 5:25
Excellent view up to nice small street with beautiful old houses. You have very well included the nice bench in front and the old street light in the middle. The people add nice life to the scene. Very well done.
Sergiom (64155) 2014-02-04 5:42
Effectivement, tout semble désarticulé dans cette composition. Le lampadaire qui penche autant qu'un homme saoul change la perspective ainsi que les bancs publics accrochés au mur de pierres. Probablement pour le repos du guerrier.
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-02-04 5:54
Hello Bev - The Drunken Lamppost is so funny and I would be staggering up this hill with or without one over the eight. Perhaps it is the passage of numerous bodies walking past and hanging on in order to haul themselves up the incline that has given the lamppost its tilt! A delightfully quirky street with lovely English elements. Good to see the larger version.
Warm regards Rosemary
Fis2 (88103) 2014-02-04 5:58
I like POV and colors.
Have a nice afternoon
saxo042 (37596) 2014-02-04 7:15
An interesting street view and with such a good story, I understand why this lamp-post has not been straightened. But whatever the reasons may be, this is a very pleasant daily life view with this street curving up the hill.
jurek1951 (42190) 2014-02-04 8:37
a very spectacular photo with effective composition and perspective, I like the atmosphere of the photo and the architectural details, great view,
ikeharel (60521) 2014-02-04 8:46
Well Beverly, it is obvious that one lamp-post can't stand tall, especially if there is a pub around the corner... but it doe's have a green shining paint on.
Fine spotted street scene, brought in the depth till far on the curve, and people stroll along giving extra vividness to the whole.
Good evening and best regards,
Noel_Byrne (26121) 2014-02-04 9:53
That's an interesting story of where that phrase came from. Like you say, eight beers and I would be plenty drunk, in fact I would be at a much more extreme angle than this lamp post! I like the idea that people leaning against it may be the reason for its lean. Or perhaps it was just one very big person! The level of the incline here is incredible. I guess not a good place to learn to do hill starts when learning to drive. A beautiful town scape, the colors of the buildings are beautiful and the light is just perfect.
Thanks by the way for your comment about the castle near Mordor, don't know how I missed that :)
I see also there is a shop on this scene called The Pot Shop. I take it that's ceramic pots as opposed to the more liberal variety that's becoming legal all over the US?? :)
Thanks as always
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-02-04 10:09
I feel you are right, it does look a bit tilted. They must have maintained right angle with the slanted approach! All the same, the photograph is lovely with beautiful colours and depth. The variety of shades and textures makes for a visual delight. Thanks for sharing.
jcpix (13724) 2014-02-04 18:06
Ahaha...I love it! So, what does the lamp post hang on to for support? :)
Always interesting to learn where phrases and sayings originate. Here in the U.S. a popular one along the same lines is "Three sheets to the wind." I can't quite remember the story behind it, but this image and your notes have piqued my curiosity enough to do some research later on tonight.
A wildly crazy and intriguing photo, there's so much to take in from everything in play on this street...and I'm having a great time looking over every detail. Bright, colorful and humorous...what more could you want? :) Thanks for the laughs, it's made an already impressive picture even more fun!
Enjoy your Wednesday. Take good care.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-04 21:49
Nice narrative, Bev.
As for the buildings, the rawness is the key , I suppose. Loved the 'pot shop' too, conveyed too many meanings.
Graal (99180) 2014-02-05 0:13
interesting backstreet here. Amazing old brick houses. Fine perspective and details. Well presentation.
Have a nice day.
CLODO (31206) 2014-02-05 0:59
very good explanation! Good city street life, well taken from a low POV to give the impression of steepness of the pedestrian street. For me, I think that a car smashes in the lamp post to give it this angle, and I can prove you in my WS!!!!!
thank you for making me smile
Cricri (109843) 2014-02-05 9:46
Le lampadaire qui penche ! donne un coté original a cet endroit typique représentation a l'anglaise, bonne lumière et couleurs
annjackman (20391) 2014-02-07 1:11
I recognised this famous street immediately but I have to admit that I hadn't noticed this 'drunken' lamppost when walking up the hill. Very well framed with several interesting elements of the street including some nice touches of red. A super image.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (31927)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-12
- Categories: Humorous, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-04 1:30