Friday, 1 March 2013

Ales, Grey and Greenery

"Saloon Bar" :- "The Heart & Hand" pub stands on the corner of North Road and Upper Gardner Street in the city of Brighton , England. According to Wikipedia (Heart in Hand) _"The Heart in Hand or Heart-in-Hand is a symbol of a heart in an open palm, and is symbolic of charity, given from the heart. It is an easily recognizable symbol in the Northeastern United States and originated with the Shakers.The symbol is a pictoral reminder of the words of Mother Ann Lee, the founder of the Shaker sect, who promoted a simple life of hard work and spirituality, "Put your hands to work, and your hearts to God." The image is typical of the Shaker attitude, and also implies a loving welcome."_ The building itself is Victorian and still looks very much like a Victorian Inn at street level. Once inside it's a very small place and never that easy to find a seat. It has one saving grace however and that's a huge selection of music on it's antiquated and very retro 1970's Jukebox that sits in the far corner of the room near the toilets! No digital malarkey here...all music is is in 7" Vinyl format!

"Delicate Sound of Thunder" :- An old breakwater sits battered and torn by the constant abuse and battering of the English Channel over the years. A weather front begins to move in causing an odd silvery and dark light to smother the exposed encrusted rocks and beach. The air is thick with a salty seaweed smell, everything is damp or wet.

"Hartfield Field" :- A field in the village of Hartfield, Sussex, England. The village sits on the northern edge of Ashdown Forest. It's famous (and infamous) for several reasons. Bolebroke Castle is nearby the village, it's believed that *Henry VIII* used it on several occasions and also courted Anne Boleyn there. A.A. Milne bought Cotchford Farm and lived at Hartfield. Many of the setting for his Winnie The Pooh books and Pooh's adventures were based and set on the surrounding area and forest. After Milne Cotchford Farm had another famous owner. Brian Jones the guitarist and founder of The Rolling Stones lived there and he was discovered dead in the garden swimming pool in 1969 amid a lot of controversy.

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