Photographer's Note

While living in Southern California, I loved visiting numerous beach towns. Some of them, like Malibu, are quite famous, other like the one which John frequently showed here, El Matador, are hidden gems known only to locals. Each one is different and having its own character. One of the most attractive beaches, approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, is Laguna Beach. This is to my memory a town full of small charming art galleries with spectacular sandy beach. The picture I show here was taken while laying on that beach, even though it may have been taken in many places.

I suppose this picture would make a great pattern for a ceiling. Especially in the days when travel is limited. Some people were quite lucky and managed to travel before the lockdown. I have planned a lot of trips right now, and airlines like Ryanair or Wizzair owe me already 3500£. Sadly, it seems I will not be seeing this money anymore. Hypothetically they are supposed to refund but they postpone and practically there is no chance to chase them up. They even erase any evidence that some flights existed on their websites. I have also paid in part of payment for holidays in August. Now I am supposed to pay in another 1000£. If I don’t pay I loose what I paid, if I pay in more I may lose everything.

I have complained that my local park which I have showed here numerous times got locked down. I first thought that it was recommended by the government, but it seems that government recommended to keep the parks open, but it was Mayor of Middlesbrough who decided otherwise. His motivation was that because Middlesbrough is the poorest county, and people are crowded in small houses, they are more endangered. Because they have no space at home he decided to close the spacious parks to which they could go for a walk. Ironically in Stockton, which is a sister town across the river, the parks are still open. Quite an absurd situation.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6578 W: 105 N: 17227] (66900)
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