Monday, 9 September 2013

All in a Spin, Dark Harbour and On the Bus

"All in a Spin" :- It's very rare that the English Channel becomes calm enough to reflect the lights of the pier like this. It was a warm and balmy night on the south coast of England when I ventured down onto the beach and was overjoyed to find the water mimicking and stretching the pier's illuminations. Brighton Pier (as it's currently known now) was opened on May 20, 1899, and cost £137,000 to build. It full and official real name is the Brighton Marine Palace and Pier but many locals still to this day (including myself) refer to it as the Palace Pier. It is 1,760 feet long (which is approximately a third of a mile) and contains 85 miles of planking! Over 3 million people visit the Grade II listed pier each and every year and it was named Pier of the Year in 1998 by the National Piers Society.

"Dark Harbour" :- Here's a view and capture of Brighton Marina (UK) as seen from the south coast road that runs along the top of the cliffs. The Marina was built throughout the 70's & 80's and is still the largest in Europe. It's statistics, facts and figures are quite a read :-
Area of site - 126 acres
Land Area - 35 Acres
Floating Jetties - 2000 tons ea.
Lock - 100m long x 10m wide (the largest non-industrial lock in Europe)
West breakwater - 630m long (36 cassions)
No. of residential properties - 863
Inner harbour - 10 Acres
Outer harbour - 61 Acres
Cassion - in position and ballasted 3000 tons ea.
East breakwater - 1220m long (74 cassions)
Cost - (1980) £50m approximately
Number of yacht berths - 1600

"On the Bus" :- I know this view so very well. I lost count of the times i'd travel by bus from Chiang Mai to Omkoi in Northern Thailand. By car the journey could be done in two and a half hours but by bus it was a gruelling four (sometimes longer). I always used to try and sit at the back, it meant I could stretch my legs down the center aisle instead of trying to cram myself into the smaller seats with my knees virtually up under my chin. We'd roll around and shake as the vehicle struggled on the mountain roads that seemed to be trying to emulate the tracks of a roller coaster as they twisted and turned, rose and fell. It was always a joy to finally disembark.

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