Thursday, 27 November 2014

Walls & Steps, St John's Church and Bird's Eye

"Walls & Steps" :- I have a rather smug and silly grin on my face due to the title of this image. The two red, metallic signs that you see at the top of wall by the steps say "WALL'S Fancy An Ice Cream?". Wall's is an well known ice cream brand in the UK and is owned by the Anglo-Dutch food and personal care conglomerate Unilever. The biggest surprise is that Wall's was founded in 1786! The company started when Richard Wall opened a butcher’s stall in London. By the 1900's the company was run by Thomas Wall II and during the hot and humid summer months the demand for their meat products would drop and he'd have to lay off staff. To get around this problem he came up wth the idea of selling ice cream. The same ice cream is sold around the world but under many different names depending on where you are. In the USA it's known as "Good Humor". Anyway, back to the image. The cafe was closed, nobody was about but the signs were still up and wobblng in the evening breeze that was slowly picking up and indicating that a storm was on the way. The beach at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England appeared to have all the colour sucked out of it as everything had a greyish blue tint to it.

"St John's Church" :- Quite an atmospheric shot of this rare and historic church in the village of Piddinghoe which sits the between the towns of Lewes and Newhaven in Sussex. St John's is just one of three Churches in the Ouse Valley with a round Norman tower (the other two are found in the nearby vllage of Southease and Lewes). Nobody knows why the towers were built round as virtually all Norman towers were square in their design and build. Various theories have been thrown about and many speculate on the reasons behind it but the simple fact is we do not know. There is no entry in the Domesday Book of 1086 for Piddinghoe but William de Warenne is known to have a manor by that name in 1220. The spire on top of the round tower is octagonal and covered by wooden shingles. Perched (if you pardon the fishy pun) on top there's a wind vane that is a large gilded fish. The date of he fish is not know but it was certainly on the tower by 1882 and in 1902 Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem titled "Sussex" where the truth was bent for artistic purposes (or porpoises) when he wrote "where windy Piddinghoe's begilded dolphin veers".

"Bird's Eye" :- A shot from September 2012 . It was taken from the cliff top at Saltdean around 5:30pm just as the winter sun was beginning to dip. It clearly shows the 30's built undercliff walk lit by the sunlight as well as the many rock pools that are exposed during low tide. It intrigues me that the human race has always wanted to be high up. It wanted to be able to fly for so long and then there was the endless persuit of building taller and bigger buildings. Each country trying its hardest to outdo the others by building the tallest structure on the planet. Why? I have no idea. But it's nothing new. Whether you believe the stories in it or not the bible is an ancient and old book. There's no doubting that. There's a story within it that states that the people of Babel said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." Even then the human race was trying to build a high tower to get noticed. Why do we like looking down on things so very much? We love to be above it all and have a different perspective. Does it make us feel better or more powerful?

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