Thursday, 15 May 2014

Carousels, Upon the Hill and 100% H2O

"Carousels" :- Closing time for the cafes and tourist attractions on Brighton beach. The famous seaside resort on the south coast of England goes through a daily transition as the day trippers all go home and the night owls arrive. The historical Victorian seafront has seen a transition of its own over the last few years. It used to be run down and deshevelled and not a place that you'd like to find yourself at any time of the day or night. Now the entire area has been rejuvenated and given a new lease of life. By day it's teaming with people and the cafes, galleries and souvenir stores are full of bright colours and bathed in the sounds of live bands, chatter, laughter and of course the sounds of the Carousel organ. By night the bars are all reopened (after cleaning up from the day) ready for the onslaught before the beach clubs open up and "thump thump thump" through the night. This image show the famous beach Carousel covered up and protected from the elements as the "Carousels" cafe just behind it is shutting up for the evening. A flight of old Victorian steps lead up to the top promenade with the well known and instantly recognised turquoise railings of Brighton. The large building in the background is the Thistle™ Brighton Hotel.

"Upon the Hill" :- Another photographic muse of mine (I have many) is Beacon Mill on Beacon Hill between the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean on the English coast. She's more famously known as the "Rottingdean Windmill" and has been quietly sitting up on the hill and overlooking the English Channel since 1802. She was actually active and working right up unitl 1881 and a few years later was very nearly demolished due to the condition she was in. Since then she has been restored and repaired many times (in 1905, 1935,1969 and 1974). Beacon Mill is a three-storey smock mill on a single-storey brick base. She has a Kentish-style cap, and four Patent sails. At one time she also had a fantail but that's long since been removed. She is now grade II listed and also used as a seamark.

"100% H2O" :- It's said that approximately 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered with water and that the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all the water on Earth. Obviously you'll also find water in rivers and lakes and in ice, snow and frozen parts of the planet. Even the adult human body is approximately 57% water! But how much of all that water is fresh drinkable? Well, according to some just 2.5% is fresh water as all the rest is salt water. Now 2.5% doesn't sound like a huge amount but the drinkable proportion of that is even less. Apparently less than 1% of that 2.5% is available for us to drink because a lot of that fresh water I talked about is trapped in icebergs. So to end I'll leave you with this line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - "Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink."

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