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- 08/04/13--04:55: _A DAY OUT IN BRIGHTON
- 08/20/13--11:29: _LYME REGIS
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- 11/11/12--10:58: ARMISTICE DAY 11/11/1918
- 12/02/12--08:17: Tom Yates, Love is Losing Ground
- 12/16/12--07:28: Jane's Birthday 16th December 1775
- 12/24/12--02:57: MARMITE!!!!! AT CHRISTMAS
- 02/12/13--01:36: MARBLE HILL HOUSE TWICKENHAM,RICHMOND AND ITS ENVIRONS
- 03/09/13--09:38: FREE!!!!!!! It's alright now.
- 05/11/13--10:59: PAINSHILL PARK (Surrey)
- 05/30/13--04:22: AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW OF CHAWTON!!!!!!
- 06/15/13--23:47: NOTTING HILL AND PORTOBELLO ROAD
- 07/28/13--00:12: THE PILGRIM FATHERS AND NON CONFORMITY
- 08/04/13--04:55: A DAY OUT IN BRIGHTON
- 08/20/13--11:29: LYME REGIS
- 10/04/13--08:16: WEST BARNES LANE, MOTSPUR PARK in THE LONDON BOROUGH of MERTON
- 10/11/13--04:58: EDINBURGH LOG (Feeling alone) (Part 1)
- 10/25/13--14:39: EDINBURGH LOG( Coffee time) ( Part 2)
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The Faces with Ronnie Lane were really the best.
I know drum solos can be boring , are a thing of the seventies, but this one is good, bloody good.
There is not a bad thing about this track.
This is MY era, MY TIME.and this track transports me..
I hope you can enjoy it as much as me.
EPONA RECORDS: http://www.eponarecords.com/
In the village of Selborne, some fifteen miles from Steventon, the naturalist Gilbert White wrote about the winter of 1775 in Hampshire. He said that the Winter of 1775 was a hard one. On 11th November , White wrote that the trees around his Hampshire village of Selborne had almost lost all their leaves. “Trees begin to be naked,” he wrote in his diary.
So the weather was severe and must have made giving birth a much harder task, but Jane Austen was born, a healthy and vibrant child into a noisy world of brothers and frost.
I was visiting my mother and father in Southampton today. On my way back to Wimbledon I thought I would call in at Chawton and take some pictures of Jane's cottage on her birthday.
The weather in Chawton today is not at all like Steventon 237 year ago. It is sunny and bright and blue skied. Over the last few days we have had frost and temperatures at -2 degrees centigrade but not today. Today the sun is out.
In 1902 an act of parliament saved not only the house but the view from Richmond Hill which Marble Hill House is part of.
The Thames near Popes Grotto.
So stand up, turn this up VERY LOUD and do your thing.
You will feel better I guarantee!
EXPERIENCE THE POWER AND THE GLORY!
John Bartram would send his seeds to Peter Collinson who held a living at Mill Hill, which is now situated in the London Borough of Barnet in North London, about fourteen miles from Charing Cross. Collinson kept a living collection derived from Bartram’s seeds. He sold on Bartram’s seeds to rich merchants and land owners who wanted to develop their estates and of course his main customers were the aristocracy who prized new varieties of plants shrubs and trees for their vast estates.
Charles Hamilton was one of Peter Collinson’s main customers. There is evidence in a large quantity of letters and receipts. He received his first Bartram box of seeds in 1748 and then a second supply of seeds in 1756. Collinson also worked with Hamilton on developing Henry Fox’s estate at Holland Park. We also know that Hamilton bought seeds from Alexander Eddie who owned a seed shop in The Strand. His bank statements for 1760 show Hamilton paying Eddie for seeds.
The John Bartram Association in the United States has been integral in helping the trust in their pursuit of authenticity. There is indeed a John Bartram Association in the City of Philadelphia to this day. They have a 45 acre garden and preserve the name of John Bartram.
Organised by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front, it was a brave thing to do at the time. Only seven years before that and gay men simply getting it on together would’ve ended in a gaol sentence. The first Pride march may have been small in numbers but they did it in style ending the day with a Gay Dance at the Royal Albion Hotel.
It wasn’t until 1991 that Pride came back to Brighton. It was born out of political objection to the government passing laws to ban the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality. Pride in 1991 was very homemade but very ambitious with a festival of events around town over the May bank holiday, ending in a Pink Picnic in Preston Park.
The political pride marches lasted four years struggling against a homophobic local press and pitiful financial support from the local council. Pride 1992 returned to Preston Park but Pride 1993 ended with a Pink Picnic in Queens Park. A taste of the march through town and after-party on the Level in 1994 can be seen in this film – how times have changed…
The following year saw the start of the party prides, though once again Pride took place on the relatively small space at the Level. The organisers managed to convince local businesses and performers that it was a good thing to be associated with and slowly Pride began to grow and change. The classic format of parade/park/street party is now something we all expect.
The organisers have changed regularly over the years and financial problems never seemed far away, yet Pride has endured. In 1996 it returned to Preston Park where it has remained ever since. In a controversial move at the time, the date for Pride in 1997 was moved from the May bank holiday to early August. However, being an outdoor event it has always been hostage to weather conditions and some years have seen merry revellers happily rolling around in mud lakes Glastonbury style.
Over the decades Pride has seen a couple of ‘weddings’, ever more outrageous floats and the odd anti-gay demonstrators who have been booed out of the park. In 2004 it was awarded charitable status, and as the crowds grew so did the scale of the celebrity appearances from Lisa Stansfield to Barbara Windsor, and more recently local talent The Freemasons and Fatboy Slim.
The diversity of tents in the park has expanded to reflect the attendees, including specific spaces for women, people of colour, trans folk, bears, cabaret and more, until it was acknowledged to be the largest free Pride event in the UK.
Things came to a head in 2010 when a record-busting estimated 160,000 people celebrated Pride in Brighton, yet it was still dogged by
worries. The following year saw the controversial introduction of charged entry to the park celebrations.
From its birth last century to the present day Brighton Pride has meant many things to many people. It has played its part in changing attitudes and promoting acceptance and equality, and of course that being LGBTQ or whoever you are, is something to be proud of.
As with most histories of lesbian and gay Brighton, thanks must go to the work of Brighton Ourstory.
Alf Le Flohic
BRIGHTON GAY PRIDE WEBSITE: http://www.brighton-pride.org/
Lyme, a very British place.
She invented and manufactured coade stone. It was a very tough ceramic based stone. It was purported to be virtually weather proof. It was used to create statues and the front ornamentation of houses. Belmont House is trimmed with coade stone. Another famous example is the lion statue on the South Bank end of Westminster Bridge. It is next to what was County Hall where London used to be governed from.County Hall is now a Marriott Hotel, A Premier Inn, London Aquarium, an art gallery and London Dungeon.It is right next to The London Eye.
They all have clay tile roofs which give a mellow warm feel to them. You will find clay tiled roofs in every country village throughout the land. Many of the shops in the parade down the road, in the centre of Motspur Park, are built in brick with a herring bone pattern to their construction, a Tudor feature. I have stained glass set within a frosted oval at the top part of my front door. It has Art Nouveau design features. Many of the front doors in my road, indeed my front door is just such a one, are constructed from heavy timbers like a farmhouse door. Although there is a preponderance of brickwork, many of the houses in my road are pebble dashed on top of the basic brick construction of London stock bricks. Pebble dashing is something the Romans used to weather proof the surface of some of their buildings. Some houses, and these are fewer than the arts and crafts style houses, are art deco,with clean smooth white walls, austere flat roofs and curved glass windows framed in thin steal frames.
An art deco house near the A3, the main duel carriageway out of London just to the north of Motspur Park. It's clean efficient lines appealed to a few.
The appeal is that these garden suburbs are really a mixture,a coming together, of all the great architectural features that England has produced. They are distilled Englishness. They are, what is more, set within a garden, trees and shrubs and beautifully mown lawns. The garden suburbs, Motspur Park and all the others put together, comprise four million homes built in the 1930’’s
Looking at the part of the map that shows West Barnes Lane, one bomb landed at the far end of West Barnes lane near the station. Another landed in Station Road, it seems they were trying to obliterate the station. Others destroyed the Church of England Church round the corner in Adela Avenue, a bomb landed in Arthur Road a mere few hundred yards from my house, another landed in Marina Avenue and one in Byron Avenue. These were high explosive bombs that took out half dozen houses in one blast. My house survived.!!! In Motspur Park there were a lot of small manufacturing units and it was these, as well as the station, they were trying to destroy. Half a mile from me in Raynes Park there was a film unit that produced training films for the military. A couple of other factories produced the new radar equipment.
As an addenda to all of the above, and just in case you are interested, a house in West Barnes Lane cost between £500 and £600 when they were first built. In the year 2013,a kind of symmetry has been achieved. They are valued at between £500,000 and £600,000.
Museums and galleries are a rich source of artefacts often displayed in a time line which portrays the story that the locals want to hear. Each artefact , every painting has its own intricate story. They provide a source for interpretation that can continue forever and these collections develop over time and into the future.
I walked around The Scottish National Gallery and came across a beautiful painting of a young girl which struck me forcefully reminding me vividly of Abigail my youngest daughter. It provided a personal moment for me.
We get many people from the Southern Hemisphere, Australians, South Africans and New Zealanders. I taught for many years with Katie from South Africa and Evette from Zimbabwe or Zim as she used to call it. I met Evette in my local TESCOS the other day with her new baby boy.We talked and she is very worried about her country. Her Mum and Dad still live there and are struggling along. They are too old now to move anywhere else.Next to Raynes Park Station is a small South African grocers shop. You can get your bill-tong there and other South African delights.
In Motspur Park,my local park, the Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields, is used for Australian Rules Football after the usual football season is over.The Wimbledon Hawks use it as their home ground.. They set up a bar selling cans of Fosters beer and hold an enormous barbecue that sends it's delicious odours wafting across the fields during every home game. Their bright orange kit make them stand out at some distance.
These diverse communities also have their places of worship.. We have the largest mosque in Europe, the Baitul Futih Mosque, with space for 1600 worshippers at a time.
In one of my classes, a few years ago I had a little Jewish girl. She got very excited about the fact we were going to look at Judaism and told her rabbi all about it. I got a message for the rabbi saying, if I wanted, he would come in to help me teach the lesson. So I got him to come in and we team taught. He filled in all the bits I wasn't sure about. He brought in a small piece of the Tora to show the class, some unleavened bread for them to taste and some artefacts from his synagogue for them to handle, draw and write about. I took photographs of the lesson and wrote a report which the rabbi published on his synagogues website. I got a lot of great comments on the website.. The little girl was ,"over the moon."
And to conclude lets all give it for the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence.
Usain, you are the king mate!!!!!!!
And lets give it up for "Marley Bob!!!!!!"
“we learn to write by practising writing, by trial and error and most importantly through becoming familiar with what works- by reading good writing.”
This is perhaps the crux of the matter. What is good writing and how can we recognise it? Pie Corbett goes on to say,
A Wikipedia article describes Morris dancing thus::