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Discovery of the source of the River Thames

Three old gentlemen can scarce conceal their delight at this amazing discovery. March 1st 2012 will indeed go down as an historic day in the annals of exploration

Discovery of the source of the River Thames

Three old gentlemen can scarce conceal their delight at this amazing discovery. March 1st 2012 will indeed go down as an historic day in the annals of exploration

comments (23)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Mar 2012, 02:54
So this is what an explorer's anus looks like...I suppose it gets like this from all that squatting on one's heels in unfamiliar realms.

Who is that toffy sod...the one with the red scarf hanging around his neck, like he got confused on his way home from the Pirates of Penzance matinee, and got trapped in the orgy of mass hysteria of an SC geriatrics convention?
Bill Phillips: Red scarf is Mr Trim the well known champagne socialist.
I'll mark it on my calendar and celebrate every year... ummm, and what exactly am I celebrating?
Bill Phillips: My sister in Law's birthday. She was 62 yesterday
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Mar 2012, 06:35
AHA! So now I need not ask how your day was yesterday!
Bill Phillips: Apart from this it was fine Ginnie
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Mar 2012, 06:51
Did you find the foundation of the place where 'it' all started.
Don't ask me what 'it' is... but I hope it started there.
So the March 1st is very memorable.
You had great weather.
Bill Phillips: What happened on March 1st?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Mar 2012, 07:22
Well I suppose the mighty Thames has got to start somewhere! A good day was had by one & all
Bill Phillips: Yes but did we HAVE to stop an look at it?
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 2 Mar 2012, 07:34
The journey was long and arduous and supplies were running low. On there way to see the premier dogging site in Gloucestershire they stumbled upon an unusually damp area of ground. With just their bare hands they cleared 3,000 tons of rubble to reveal the famous river.
Bill Phillips: That's your version of events is it Chad?
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Mar 2012, 07:50
Nice collage - and did you find any gold treasure, too? RT is always the Sir with the red (yes, it must be the colour red for this political rebel!) shawl, and I wonder that Chris didn't use his divining rod dowsing up the source? I thought you were more interested in salt sources?
Bill Phillips: RT is a bit of a champagne socialist. Salt is far more interesting as you rightly say Philine
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Mar 2012, 08:13
I thought it was archeological dig and three old Ancient Britons has been discovered and found to be fairly well preserved.
Bill Phillips: You call that well preserved?
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Mar 2012, 08:13
...or could be some new Anthony Gormley creation?
Bill Phillips: Gormless more than Gormley Alan
It looks like a fine OAPS day out.Are they picking your final resting place.
Bill Phillips: That thought crossed my mind
Tiff is trying to unfold his collapsable zimmer frame ..

Chad is trying to convince us that this is the eighth wonder of the world.

Trim is boring everyone to death with an explanantion ofthe physical mechanics of how a natural water spring is created.
Bill Phillips: Thank God I was far enough away to miss all that
Is this the lost city of whatever?
Bill Phillips: Whatever
Ah, intrepid explorers! (:o)
Bill Phillips: I think the word you were looking for is inept
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Mar 2012, 08:47
Pity that the spring at Thames Head is seasonal and due to the poor timing of the expedition the explorers failed to see evidence of the mighty river gushing forth. Then again, this probably left more time for a trip to the boozer ;o)
Bill Phillips: It did indeed. After this non-event we retired to a fine watering hole with excellent food and beer
I think they found spring to be sure. I see tulip leaves.
Bill Phillips: Indeed Mary. i have tulips in flower in my front garden
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Mar 2012, 10:05
A great collage Bill! So that's what it looks like - I'm heading that way in Septmeber smile
Bill Phillips: Well i hope you enjoy your visit Martin. the Cotswolds have a lot to offer
Nice set of pictures Bill will have to go there one day.
Bill Phillips: Always worth a visit
A nice montage Bill - I'm guessing from the studious expressions and body language that the LA will shortly receive a planning application for a bottling plant!
Bill Phillips: Don't give these silly buggers ideas Fred
They seem doubtful Bill! Are you sure this is the right place?
Bill Phillips: Well that is what the signpost said
I saw a programme about this subject on T.V.a short while ago, they never made much of a job of finding it either, but then they hadn't got the wisdom that comes with age!!
Bill Phillips: They clearly didn't see the sign that said source of the Thames 200 yards on the left
Has this great expedition found the fountain of youth Bill... it's a pity that they had no cup to drink from it... they all could use a facelift... they look the same as they did beforegrin... i like the collage ....petersmile
Bill Phillips: These men are the backbone of Shutterchance in the UK. Gawd help us!
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Mar 2012, 18:49
It didn't look like that when I visited!
Bill Phillips: Was it the same one as there is at least one other claimed source according Chad who I always believe.
They seem to be containing their delight pretty well, Bill You sure it isn't the Nile, or the Mississippi or the Ouse?
Bill Phillips: They are English Tom. none of this leaping about excitedly nonsense. I have no idea. Chad said it is the Thames and I always believe what he tells me.

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