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A Day At The Seaside [Jun. 8th, 2013|09:26 am]
Tony Grist
The heatwave we have been enjoying was very unEnglish and now seems to be drawing to an close.

(Is that distant thunder I'm hearing? Yes, I rather think it is.)

Ailz and I went to Hastings yesterday. Hastings is two towns- set side by side: an ancient fishing port full of half-timbered buildings and a 19th century holiday resort- full of Regency and Victorian ones. It' has a Bohemian vibe. Alistair Crowley retired and died there- and we saw blue plaques to the water-colourist Samuel Prout and the popular novelist Catherine Cookson. George Street has a shop selling everything to do with marijuana apart from the weed itself and several secondhand bookshops, one of which sold me a copy of The Ring and the Book.

The Ring and the Book is the Ulysses of the 19th century- a great fatiguing masterpiece. Earlier this year I undertook to read it cover to cover- and managed to complete a couple of chapters. Ever since then the ghost of Robert Browning has been following me around, tapping me on the shoulder and throwing copies of his magnum opus in my path. OK, Bob; you win.

After Hastings we drove West as far as Pevensey- which is where William the Conquerer landed. I see why he chose it. There's a wide bay, big enough to accomodate an invasion force on the scale of the D Day landings- with marshes behind- and nowhere for a defending army to position itself to advantage. The Romans built a very necessary castle there and the Normans reused and reinforced it.

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The old town- Hastings

Pevensey church

Pevensey Church

The West Gate, Pevensey castle

The Roman West Gate, Pevensey Castle.

Just look at all that lovely flint! 
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-08 09:47 am (UTC)

Re: How dare you!

Still full of junkies- and alkies and dossers. Nice, though. :)
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2013-06-08 11:38 am (UTC)
Catherine Cookson? She was a long way from home, wasn't she?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-08 05:39 pm (UTC)
I suspect she got out as soon as she could...
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2013-06-08 04:10 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-08 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-06-08 04:13 pm (UTC)
Unusually, we seem to be getting better weather in the Northwest - not a sign of thunder or rain
it's helpful to me that the temperature drops considerably at night - that might be why we aren't getting the thunder?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-08 05:40 pm (UTC)
The thunder never materialised- and we've just had another wonderful afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2013-06-08 05:09 pm (UTC)
Just made a post inspired by yours - thank you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-08 05:41 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2013-06-08 09:16 pm (UTC)
Registered the thunder - failed to register Pevensey - where the Fossils went! (Ballet Shoes)
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2013-06-09 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oh that's lovely! I've long wanted to get down to Hastings.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-06-10 07:31 am (UTC)
We chose Hastings because it's our nearest seaside town. I'd forgotten- or perhaps never knew- how attractive and interesting it is.
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