Posted by: travelrat | February 1, 2018

Machu Picchu Slide Show/ Old Dickie


I had the weirdest dream the other night. I dreamt I was just leaving Machu Picchu when I met my old English teacher.

‘Write an essay on what you have just seen’ he said ‘but do not use the words ‘iconic’ or ‘breathtaking’.

Now, if Mr Dickenson was still around, he’d be about 140 years old by this, and, what he would more probably have said was ‘Do it in 500 words, or less’. Because ‘Old Dickie’ was a great lover of the précis; he’d give us a screed of about 3000 words, which we had to condense to a much shorter article, which still covered the important points.

I think it had to do with his ‘previous existence’ as a journalist. He usually had to file his stuff by telegram, and since you paid for these by the word, the shorter the better … as long as it covered the essentials.

So, Sir, I did my précis on Machu Picchu last week … maybe if I show a few pictures it will give a better idea of what it was like?

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