Thursday, 16 August 2007

The last post

Well - we are all done now, so it is time to say goodbye. Thank you all for watching! In particular:
  • Brian and Lizzie Sanders for increasing the amount of human happiness in the world
  • everyone who has commented on Cardhenge, either on the blog or in person, especially unkle e for commenting beyond the call of duty
  • English Heritage for selling the model to us in the first place and for deciding to put it back on sale again
  • the makers of Copydex glue
  • all those top people who make Lego
  • our unnamed employer for lunchtime goodwill on an epic level
  • neolithic humans for giving us the idea in the first place.
We may come back this way in the future if we get any more Cardhenge related ideas, but in the meantime all that remains is to load up one final photo, and to say bye bye, that's it, the end.


unkle e said...

Well I must say again that I'm sad to see the end of the blog - it's been great fun. But I guess it would be pointless to keep on going when there's nothing more to add - like they say about sportspeople, it is an art to know when to retire, and it's best to do it while you're still on top of your game.

As for "beyond the call of duty", It was well within the call of interest! I think I am an "England-phobe", and have an abiding interest in neolithic sites, English history generally (I am a great fan of Michael Wood, especially his book on Domesday), and the Celtic areas of the UK.

So thanks for the fun, and very best wishes to you both.

Brian and Lizzie said...

Surely there are health and safety issues for the Lego men climbing up so high? English Heritage and we will be very worried about them until they get back down to terra firma. Still it is a good vantage point from which to say 'Goodbye' and we wish you and them well with future projects.

The atmospheric shot of the Heel and Slaughter stones with the stone circle now has pride of place in our studio. Thank you, thank you, we had a lovely time looking in.

With every best wish,

Brian and Lizzie

unkle e said...

A sad retrospect:

The Cardboard Stonehenge RSS feed has sat dormant on my Google homepage for several months now, and now it is time to remove it (I will of course keep the link in my bookmarks).

But I thought I would report that I have just returned from a short trip to the UK which included a week in northwest Scotland. While there we visited ancient burial cairns near Inverness and a wonderful set of cairns, standing stones and other remains of monuments at Kilmartin, on the coast northwest of Glasgow. I had never heard of the place before, but if ever you wanted to construct a really challenging large scale model, that would be the site.

Farewell and best wishes (if anyone ever reads this).

Geophile said...

I hope it's all right with you--I wrote a post about this blog, using two of your photos (with credit given, of course.) You can see it here:
As a long time reader and poster on the Megalithic Portal, I found this blog of yours thoughtful and delightful!

Alan A said...

Hi Geophile

Yes of course you can slap us on Clonehenge! Thank you so much for the kind words you have said about us, too. I'll put add Clonehenge to the blogroll.

Soo and I have unfortunately been kept very, very busy by our employer this year, so we haven't been able to do any model-related shenanigans, but we'll see what hapens next summer.

Geophile said...

Thank you for putting us on the blogroll. And thank you for the enjoyment we had reading your blog. Best wishes!soolt

Tori said...

Oh, you guys! Working that poor lego team so hard; no wonder the little chaps had to take a bit of a kip in Alan's 'Zen Garden', in the shade of the giant cactus tree...

georgie said...

i've got one of these as well! i finished it two days ago and just asked google for a photo i could show someone else (i have taken photos of mine but they're still in the camera, and symptomatic of true laziness i thought it easier to type it online than have to walk all the way over there and pick up the camera, heh), i came across the blog by chance and have just read it all the way through - very entertaining and so nice to know others had as much fun getting really 'into' making the stones as i did :) my living room carpet is covered in little white bits, and one of the stones had to have an emergency repair after it was bitten by a bunny mid way through assembly, but mine was a success too and is currently on display on top of the fishtank til i find a better permenant home for it, hehe

Alan A said...

Hi Georgie, Soo and I are so pleased you loved the model too! Can I ask where you bought it from? (I hope English Heritage still sell it at Stonehenge itself...) Our cardboard version is still here in the office, it is looking a bit worse for wear now, one of the stones seems to have vanished and another one has collapsed, but it is a permanent fixture here now and we cannot imagine the office without it :-)

Michael Bott said...

Bye bye. If you have more than a passing interest in the real thing - standing stones, stone circles and other megalithic sites, may I recommend the DVD 'Standing with Stones'? It is billed as a "Journey through megalithic Britain & Ireland" and, as far as I know, is the only film available about the ancient megalithic sites beyond Stonehenge. There is more information at