The Leighton Buzzard Railway… It was a great ‘day out’ when the family visited the Leighton Buzzard narrow-gauge railway in Bedfordshire UK recently. Built back in 1919, from materials surplus from the First World War battlefields railways, to carry sand from the quarries around Leighton Buzzard. It’s now a popular tourist attraction, and one of England’s top narrow-gauge working museums, with historic locomotives from all over the world. Top picture: The Callaghan family inspect the engine. Below: Posing for a group snap.
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Maryon Park was the main setting for the 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni’s cult movie ‘Blow-Up’ featuring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. David Hemmings played Thomas, a top London fashion photographer captivated by his photographs of a murder, whilst Vanessa Redgrave is the woman at the centre of his interest. His photographs depict a murder scene… or do they? What you see, and what you don’t see, is the enigma central to the story. My photographs taken in 1998 show a park that has changed little in 32 years, the upper meadow where the supposed murder took place is a bit run-down now, but the lower meadow still has its original tennis courts used in the movie, and much of the scenery is unchanged. Beyond the courts there is a hedge now, the flower beds have been altered since the movie, and there is perhaps a little more litter around, but to be fair… a school party had just left from having a picnic when I arrived!