Here be dragons!

a dragon is spotted in the 1st floor of waterstones, but not part of the taunton deane dragon trail

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i quite like this dragon outside the brewhouse with the words “waterside house” – i remember seeing this dragon being painted in the orchard centre

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a firey dragon outside the cosy club

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a dragon in the entrance to the library

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outside sainsburys in county walk with a red cross and plasters

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this dragon at the castle is very artistically designed with impressionist style spots

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it took me a while to find this dragon on the top floor of debenhams – i asked a couple of staff members where the dragon was and got very blank looks as if i was mad but finally someone told me it was on the top floor

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this is a cricketing dragon at the county ground

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a dragon with flowers outside the market house in the parade

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a dragon with a crown outside the kings arms – it also has a black horse on it

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a cider apple dragon at the bathroom centre at firepool

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a black dragon in the orchard shopping centre with “life” written on it

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a very red dragon outside scat – it has logos like cameras, brushes etc

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a starry blue dragon with a half moon at the octagon in east reach

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a vivary park dragon

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a minimal white spot on blue design at wilton lands near the high ropes

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a dragon at brendon bookshop in bath place

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this dragon is not part of the trail and has been here for years in the arcade between church square and east street

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the waterstones dragon again but this time i got a close up

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Taunton Flower Show

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As soon as we got into the flower show it started to pour down, most people seemed to have umbrellas apart from us

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A lot of people headed for the various marquees for shelter which resulted in marquees so crowded there was no room to breathe let alone move so back out into the rain!

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There were a few loos but they were pretty cramped & smelly

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The rain soon stopped so we decided to head back into the marquees which were now much less crowded – this is the flower marquee and a display of cactii

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A lot of people seemed to be coming into this marquee all at once to see the flowers

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These bonsai trees were very good from the mendip bonsai studio – they were very expensive!

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More flowers & plants for sale

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these murals were quite good on the side of the floral marquee

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ready, steady, GARDEN!

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Apple FM were covering the event

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some wicker animals in wilton lands – this is the first time wilton lands has formed part of the flower show area

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first aid dummies

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home made wines – a nice variety of colours of wine

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this was a display of live bees in a honeycomb

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a sheepdog display in the main arena

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the competition marquee had hundreds of different competitions on display – here are some prize tomatoes

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An art competition

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more artistic competitions for the younger age groups

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the porter dodson photo competitions – “feet” seemed to be on the agenda this year

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i quite liked the shot with all the worker’s boots, although it does not appear to have been awarded a prize

Ghent

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I kept seeing these trams bound for “Moscou” and kept thinking “MoscoW” for some reason

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Rows and rows of designer glasses

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There seemed to be quite a few Brompton bikes in Ghent

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This was our “regular” breakfast spot – they do organic croissants and organic coffee

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Artwork next to the canal

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Crossing a canal on a wooden bridge

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There was quite a bit of rain on Sunday – I like the “Apple” logo

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This must have been a more “upmarket” boat trip as they had champagne

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CocoCola ready for the Ghent Festival

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Graffiti next to the canal

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Shoes thrown over a wire

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Iconic canal frontage buildings

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Rainy – a tram goes past the “meathouse”

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Imacs in the hotel lobby – luckily there was free wifi in the rooms (limited to 1MB/s) so I did not have to use so much roaming data (it’s £3 per 100mb bundle with EE payg so about over twice the cost per mb compared with browsing at home)

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One of the few modern buildings in central Ghent

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Inside the hotel

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Sheltering from the rain

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The street behind the hotel

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Crossing a wooden bridge near the castle

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Outside the “meathouse”

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A tram goes past with a t-rex

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Ghent visitor centre

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Hopping on and off the tram

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Sheltering from the rain opposite the Meathouse

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Club Reserva

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Crossing the bridge near the castle

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Boat Trip – it started to pour just as the boat departed so the next 15 minutes was spent sheltering under a bridge!

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the boat trip resumes

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People watch our boat pass under a bridge

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Canalside buildings

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The “bierhuis” – they have about 150 different beers!

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Canalside buildings

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The boat turns around here – this is the edge of the “old town” and there are high rise blocks at the edge of Ghent

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A Michelin starred restaurant featuring lobster

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Outside the Meathouse (again)

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The castle at sunset

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The “bellfort” tower at sunset

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Not sure what this was for – a warning not to sit under palm trees?

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A modern building near the Bellfort tower

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View from the hotel room – the church bell rang for about 15 minutes at 7am every morning so no lie-ins!

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The basement of the hotel

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A vital delivery service for the city

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Bells in the belltower

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This mechanism played a short tune on bells every 30 minutes – as the hotel was next to the bell tower I ended up hearing the same melody many many times!

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A zebra

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View from the belltower – almost all the tall buildings were at the edge of the city instead of in the middle, apart from the church towers.

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A tram stop and ticket machine – 1,30 EU is all it costs for a ticket so good value

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Snorting sculpture

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We walked to the “trappisthuis” to find trappist beers but it was closed. This was en-route there

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Booze Cruise

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Frog & bike

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Peep show

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Bellfort tower at sunset

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The shoes at nightfall

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Hotel entrance at night

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Cool cubist style backlit poster

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The city at night

Phpmyadmin problems

Seem to have been having some annoying problems recently with phpmyadmin – I think it got upgraded by the upgrade was not properly configured and it kept causing mysql to crash.

After a bit of searching I found that using

sudo dpkg-reconfigure phpmyadmin

seemed to do the trick – I can now use phpmyadmin normally again and it seems fewer mysql crashes