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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2021 9:16AM
A propos of nothing, do you know the origin of the expression 'driven round the bend'?
The 19th Century was the great age of the benevolent lunatic asylum. They were always built in large grounds, with a long drive winding through trees, to protect inmates from prying eyes.
So when you were admitted you were literally driven round the bend and out of sight.
James124 Plus
7 47 50 Portugal
29 Dec 2021 10:53AM
The pair of rails along the centre of the track is a puzzle.. holding the wheels on track as it seems a very sharp bend.
After flicking between the two I prefer the colour, the different shades of brown and green balanced against the grey of the houses and the footpath.
leo_nid 5 12
29 Dec 2021 11:03AM
love Moira's explanation, however, here's another speculation whereby

In the 19th century, the Telegraph Island was the location of a British repeater station used to boost telegraphic messages along the Persian Gulf submarine cable, which was part of the London to Karachi telegraphic cable. It was not an easy posting for the operators, with the severe summer heat and hostility of local tribes making life extremely uncomfortable. Because of this, the island is, according to some travel agents and journalists, where the expression "go round the bend" comes from, a reference to the heat making British officers desperate to return to civilization, which meant a voyage around the bend in the Strait of Hormuz back to India...
p.s. a nice shot by the way, and it has to be colour
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2021 11:14AM
Well captured Jeff, like Moira's and Leo pieces toSmileSmile

cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
29 Dec 2021 11:16AM
Fascinating stories... personally I'm driven around the bend by Covid!!!.... Claustrophobia was only meant to encompass small spaces, but UK now feels very small...which it is, as we've often found out when we have travelled to far flung places...btw.I still believe the world is flat!!! What do all these so called scientists know anyway?..

I'll get me coat!🤣🤣🤣
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
29 Dec 2021 2:03PM
Great viewpoint and capture, Jeff, nice lead-in lines (sorry, couldn't resist!!) 😁 Have to go for colour 😃👍🏻
Rain here too this morning, but the sun actually came out about an hour ago, the first time I've seen it for about a fortnight! (and it's still here...) 😎
Trev 😀
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
29 Dec 2021 2:24PM
Makes me want to go fast around the bend. Like driving Lamborghinis at high speed. Great shot Jeff.
mistere Plus
8 13 5 England
29 Dec 2021 2:29PM
Absolutely Jeff. I'm just out of frame, on the far side of the bend....SmileSmile
capto Plus
10 7.0k 31 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2021 10:23PM
A very sharp bend for a railway. Easy to go off the rails there.Smile
richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
29 Dec 2021 10:40PM
Saastad Plus
3 16 16 Norway
30 Dec 2021 12:26AM
Nice shot! I think you are one a track of something 😃

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