Photographer's Note

My previous presentation from the Warwick Castle tried to keep the secret. You have seen there a fragment of a stylish ancient architecture with no people around it. This picture here is slightly more representative to what you may expect from the Warwick Castle. Yes, it was a medieval castle but from 1978 it is owned by the same company which owns Legolands, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life, Alton Towers and many more theme parks:
You can imagine what they may have done to it. It is effectively now a theme park built around the castle with a multitude of attractions, shows etc. I have experienced similar places maybe on a different scale (less entertainment but more impressive architecture) in the North of England. For example, the Alnwick Castle, which has, I believe, more beauty and character and which is also targeting children audience with variety of shows or workshops for them. The Warwick Castle has a number of shows like the Birds of Prey Show, which I have already seen in several places in England. The one thing which it helped me to realize was how crowded the South of England is. There is a huge population there living in a very cramped area. People are paying a lot of money to be able to rent a small flat. Yes, London has a lot of aspects of the city life to offer but if you consider open space outdoor places which are useful for little children, like the Warwick Castle, the north has so much more. For example, when we watched the Birds of Prey show, in the Warwick Castle there were so many people watching it that you could barely see the birds, we were sitting so far away from the stage. When I watched a much better show with the Birds of Prey in the Bolton Castle in the north, the birds were so much closer to people, and you could really get very impressed with their beauty. I think there is a lot of opportunities in the south but also there are many more people competing for the access to the entertainment. In the end I realised the north in many aspects has much higher quality of life especially for a family with children.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7266 W: 106 N: 19144] (73374)
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