Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Horse Course, Burned Out and Tamarind Tree

"Horse Course" :- Here's a shot of Brighton Racecourse. It's looking West out over the city of Brighton oand on to a distant coastline that is Worthing. On the far left of the image you can clearly see the tower that is the Whitehawk Hill transmitting station (built in 1959). The racecourse is located (approx) one mile to the northeast of the centre of Brighton. The first ever public race at this location was in 1783 and was organised by the Duke of Cumberland. Various races were held and stand were built, demolished, burned down, built again etc until the arrival of railway. With more people coming to Brighton on the new trains the Brighton Cup was inaugurated and the races and course were firmly cemented in place.

"Burned Out" :- Hastings Pier was built in 1872 and designed by Eugenius Birch (the same man who designed Brighton's Aquarium and West Pier). Much like Brighton's very own West Pier it became a tourist attraction and managed to keep going through the 1930's and well inot the 1960's where it became a well known and much loved music venue. It was eventually damaged by storms in 1990 and closed only to opne again and then close again in a yo-yoing style up until 2006 where it shut its doors for good. Then, eerily mirroring Eugenius Birch's West Pier in Brighton on the 5th October 2010 it succumbed to a terrific fire that destroyed 95% of it. Thanks to lottery money being awarded the pier is now once more startng to rise up out of the ashes. In 2013 the pier was returned to local ownership which allowed the £14m renovation project to go ahead. I only wish the same could be said for the West Pier in Brighton.

"Tamarind Tree" :- Hard to believe I took this shot way back in 2007... where'd all that time go? This is a shot of a Tamarind tree taken in Northern Thailand. The tree produces edible, pod-like fruit which are used extensively in cuisines around the world. In Thai markets you can buy bags of these long pods. I fascinatingly watched a group of Thais munching on them and thought I'd try one ... shan't do that again!

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