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Just Stuff [Apr. 5th, 2016|11:29 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz had a tea bag disintegrate on her yesterday and got a mouthful of tea leaves. She says she'll never drink tea again.

There must be a lot of shrews about. Marlowe keeps catching them.  He carried the last one in wrapped up in a bunch of leaves. At first I thought that leaves was all there was and then I saw the sad little tail poking out.

I've been reading Conan Doyle's Wanderings of A Spritualist. It's the record of his trip to the Southern hemisphere to spread the word about the afterlife. It's not all about spiritualism, though. He goes off at all sorts of tangents- reflections on the Great War and contemporary politics and cricket and local scenery and snakes and possums and how Australian railway sleeping compartments are better than American ones but not as good as British ones. He prophesies a great future for the Australian wine industry (spot on) and says W.B.Maxwell (who?) is the greatest living novelist (not so spot on.) You'd think, being such an all round sportsman, he'd enjoy horse-racing but he hates gambling so he doesn't (and slopes off to the beach with his kids to avoid the Melbourne Cup.) He thinks boxing is ennobling but hates the promiscuous shooting of game birds. Everywhere he goes he draws enormous crowds- and opposition from Catholic bishops, Anglican ritualists and loudmouth evangelical preachers- but gets his own back when they turn up dead at his seances going, "I was told I'd meet Jesus here and I haven't. Waah!" Spiritualism was on the crest of a wave back in 1920- and seemed like an unstoppable force- so what exactly went wrong?

We were in Bexhill yesterday. I needed to go buy more watercolour paper and we've found a shop there that sells it. Besides, we love Bexhill. We lunched at Di Paolo's where they make and sell the most wonderful ice cream. it's run by scions of an Italian dynasty that's been selling ice cream on the South Coast since Sir Arthur's day. I wonder if he ever tasted their product; he lived in Sussex and enjoyed the sea-side, so why not?

Here's a picture of the Bexhill yatch club.


[User Picture]From: michaleen
2016-04-05 10:40 am (UTC)
You'd think, being such an all round sportsman, he'd enjoy horse-racing but he hates gambling so he doesn't (and slopes off to the beach with his kids to avoid the Melbourne Cup.)
Perhaps he doth protest too much? When I was a child, my father took us all to a track, somewhere, when we were on vacation. He gave my mother two bucks and suggested she pick a horse and place her bet. I asked him why he didn't pick a horse himself and he told me he just couldn't. The bell rang and as they rounded the corner, he gripped the railing so tight his knuckles were white. Maybe Doyle knew his limits?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-05 11:04 am (UTC)
Perhaps that's it.

I've always kept well away from gambling- perhaps I know my limits too.

(My granddad used to give me handfuls of coins for the slot machines at the golf club. Yes, it was hard to stop.)
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From: cmcmck
2016-04-05 03:34 pm (UTC)
De la Warr Pavilion! :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-05 03:54 pm (UTC)
One of many good reasons for liking Bexhill.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2016-04-05 04:46 pm (UTC)
al those grounded boats
is the tide out? or do they have a huge front loaded to put them
back in the water.
looks like a tetris game with sail masts
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-06 08:48 am (UTC)
I think they have to carry the boats to the water- which is only a stone's throw away. I've no idea quite how they do it.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-04-09 06:19 pm (UTC)
Genuinely good ice cream is indeed a special delight. ^_^ I still recall some banana I had, some 20+ years ago, at some random German bakery - oh, so tasty! (Not to mention the breads, of course. I do hope German bakers and butchers have fared better than their English counterparts. Still, I was quite surprised to notice the opening of a genuine fishmonger in town - I must see what they have!)
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