Friday, 20 February 2015

One Good Turn, In Control and The Red Lion

One Good Turn Deserves Another :- I haven't posted an image of the "Brighton Wheel" for a while now so thought i'd redress that today. The Brighton Wheel is a huge, slow rotating ferris wheel that's on Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront near The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier (known locally as the Palace Pier but unofficially renamed by the owners as the Brighton Pier). It was constructed on the seafront in October 2011 and has planning permission up until sometime in 2016. The Brighton Wheel website says that it is 45 metres (148 ft) in diameter and has a maximum height of 50 metres (160 ft) above sea level. These giant wheels can be found dotted around the globe at various events, cities and resorts. It's real name is the BUSSINK DESIGN R80XL and it is the world’s largest transportable and series-produced Giant Observation Wheel. The official website can be found here R80XL

In Control :- This image (taken way back in August 2012) shows excactly why breakwaters and groynes are essential along Brighton's coastline. The sea was rough and the weather was stormy, the elements were doing their best to disrupt and disturb the balance but because of these concrete structures the beaches and Brighton istelf are protected. Longshore drift is a natural process that can move vast amounts of clay, silt, sand and shingle along coastlines. Due to Brighton's location on the south coat of England the longshore drift causes the shingle and pebbles that make the beaches to drift along the coast from the west to the east. This shot was taken looking south out to see and it clearly shows the difference between the beaches eaither side of the beakwater. On the right the sea is held back by the build up of shingle and on the left there is no shingle visible at all. I have often wondered just how the world would look if man had not interferred by building breakwaters and structures to alter the course of rivers and natural phenomenon like longshore drift. Would Brighton have a beach? Would there be a Brighton left at all? What would the south coast of England have looked like?

The Red Lion :- The interior of the Grade II listed Red Lion Pub located on the Old Shoreham Road in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. Putting a date on the building proves to be rather difficult as it was part of a former monastery before being turned into an inn during the 18th century. There are some claims that parts of the building are 16th Century. It later developed into a coaching inn (serving those travellng by horse drawn coach) and has a fascinating history which you can read further about here The Red Lion

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