Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Mr Small

Today's quick sketch / doodle was easy as this image sprang to mind the instant I saw which character had been chosen for today. I still find myself grinning when i'm drawing these loveable characters that Roger Hargeaves created way back in the 1970's. Here's Mr Small ...

Beach of Dreams, Three Arches and The Trail

Beach of Dreams :- Nothing fancy or complex. Just an empty beach caught in the last rays of the day's sunlight with a rather calm and unusually blue looking sea lapping on the line of the shore. Sometimes the shots with nothing in them prove to be the most dramatic and effective. This was shot on the beach at Rottingdean just a few miles east f the City of Brighton on the south coast of England.

Three Arches :- Thsi is an old shelter known as "The Temple" which is located at the eastern end of Brighton in Kemptown. You can find it on the slopes and esplanades near the beach at Black Rock. It's now very run down and not looked after at all but it was once part of a grand scheme that commenced in the early 1800's. Once the slopes to the beach were built (from 1828 to 1830) the sea-wall and cliff-top esplanade were added (in 1833 and 1835). They were all designed by William Kendall who also added a few buildings and structures like "The Temple" and a large reading room below the cottages and tunnel leading to the gated gardens of Lewes Crescent. I'm not sure of the date of "The Temple" but guess that it was probably constructed around the same time as the reading room which was built in 1835.

The Trail :- I don't often walk this way. This is a dirt path that cuts through the trees on the eastern edge of Beacon Hill Nature Reserve that sits between the ancient villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean. It's a pleasant walk and more sheltered than the open hill top route that meanders down towards the famous windmill and the coast. Looking at this image you could easily be fooled into thinking that it's smack in the middle of nowhere and that civilisation was a long way away. The vast city of Brighton is just a 10 minute drive from here and the two villages have a constant flow of traffic travelling through them along with the odd batch of tourists visiting the area.

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Mr Messy

I had huge fun creating today's Daily Doodle. It's not often you get the opportunity to scribble like a child whilst fulfilling the brief! Untidy and all over the place. Difficult to find anything when a place is in that sort of state. it's hard to locate Mr Messy too...

Up Is Down, Broken Water and Turing Bombe Rebuild

Up Is Down :- Or is that the other way around? Oh well. A grey and rather miserable afternoon provided me with this shot and image of the beach, sea wall and cliffs at low tide to the east of Brighton. The water was unusually still and reflective although it was still a grim but clear looking milky grey due to the chalk bed it was sitting on. I was pleased with the way this shot turned out as there's a distinct lack of colour throughout even though it's not a monochrome image. The cliffs and the water matched and the huge grey blue rocks also matched the heavy clouds that formed the sky above the cliffs.

Broken Water :- I was originally going to crop this image quite heavily so that the rocks and shoreline at the bottom were omitted but after trying it to see what it looked like I reinstated them as I much prefered it with them in. The image shows an old wooden breakwater that's seen better days sticking up out of the water. It would have originally continued to rise up and out continuing onto the beach but large sections are now missing due to the never ending pounding on the sea. The other end of the breakwater is still on the beach but that also has large panels and sections missing from it. Anyway, this view caught my eye and I knew instantly that it would make a great black and white image. It was shot from the beach and shore at Cuckmere Haven near Seaford on the south coast of England.

Turing Bombe Rebuild :- If you've seen "The Imitation Game" (based on the biography Alan Turing : The Enigma by Andrew Hodges) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley then you'll know all about this incredible machine. This is a shot of the (opened) back of the Turing/Welchman Bombe Machine at Bletchley Park. The Wikipedia entry for the bombe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombe) states that "The bombe was an electromechanical device used by British cryptologists to help decipher German Enigma-machine-encrypted secret messages during World War II." John Harper and the Bombe Rebuild Project team decided to try and rebuild one of these baffling and complex machines 60 years after all the British bombes were broken up. Incredibly, after several years of painstaking work (there was very little to go on as blueprints and various other notes had all been destroyed) a fully working Bombe machine stood once again at Bletchley Park (http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/). Once in a while GCHQ in London send Bletchley Park an incripted message to put this rebuilt marvel through its paces and put it to the test. So far it's Bletchley Park and the Bombe Rebuild 13 to GCHQ's nil. The machine's beaten them every time!

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Shadow on the Wall, Winter Shore and 16th Century Dovecote

Shadow on the Wall :- A visual gift handed to me on a plate. Back in 2013 I found myself standing within St Alban's Church in Coombe Road, Brighton. A few days later the bulldozers were going to move in and flatten the place so I was one of the very last people to set foot inside (with permission). Obviously I took my camera along for the ride (just in case). It was afternoon so the light was flooding in through the old leaded church windows and the wooden beams of the ceiling were casting odd angular shadows on the wall. As luck would have it the large wooden cross that had been hanging on the Western interior wall had already been taken down and removed and was now standing on the floor and leaning up at an angle against a rail. The shadows from the beams all seemed to be pointing to cross shaped mark where the cross had originally been painted around. The church has now long since gone and one and two bedroom flats and three and four bedroom houses will rise where it once stood.

Winter Shore :- It was a blustery and grey day (much like today) back in November 2014. I'd wrapped up warm and found myself down on the beach and completely on my own. Not a soul to be seen in any direction. This is a view from Ovingdean beach looking east. On the left hand side the cliffs undulate and vanish around the corner where you'll discover the historical village of Rottingdean. On the right hand side the English Channel rolls and churns with France a mere 125 kilomteres / 78 miles away to the South.

16th Century Dovecote :- Situated in the grounds of Avebury Manor in Wiltshire you'll disvocer this unusual looking stone built structure. It's a Grade II* listed mid 16th century circular dovecote that once contained over 500 nesting pigeons which would have supplied a fresh supply of meat for the Manor in winter. Apparently it still contains 15 tiers of nest boxes. By normal standards this would be of huge historic interest but this wonderful looking dovecote is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that it's in the village of Avebury which is world famous for its Neolithic henge monument ... which dates from 2800 BC onwards!

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Valhalla, Seaford Prom and Across a Darkened Garden

Valhalla :- There are times when you get caught out completey by surprise. This was one of them. I'd glanced out the window and seen the clouds starting to pinken slightly so grabbed the camera and set out from home to the beach. I'd done this many times (the beach is only a 25 minute walk or 5 minute drive from where I live) and sometimes it had payed off and other times it had been a wasted outing. When I got to the beach the the sun was beginning to lower but didn't look as if it was going to do anything special. There was heavy cloud cover in the are too so I didn't hold out much hope. I "snapped" the odd shot here and there to justify me going out in the first place but found myself kicking my heels and wondering if I should simply go back. But then, quite suddenly and completely out of the blue this sunset literally erupted and lit up the scene. I held my breathh in awe and then after a few seconds remembered I should be taking photos of it befoe it vanished for good. As luck wqould have it the tide was out as well so the pools of sea water trapped and left behind were acting as natural mirror to the display. The shot was taken on the beach at Ovingdean Gap which is (approx) 3 miles east of the City of Brighton.

Seaford Prom :- That lovely time of the day when everyone vacates the area and goes home for their tea. It leaves me to wander around freely (a bit like the opening scenes in the movie 28 Days Later) without anyone getting in my shot. Most of my photos and images avoid people. Don't get me wrong ... I love people and good company but for some reason I prefer my images just to show scenes and towns without people in them. It's quite challenging at times and I try to get it "in shot" rather than photoshopping things out which means an awful lot of patience is involved along with good timing. Anyway this was shot somewhere around 19:20 on the promenade at Seaford on the south coast of England. to the right of the image you can see a stretch of land jutting out...that's Newhaven harbour and cliffs.

Across a Darkened Garden :- This is a shot of the majestic and unique Royal Pavilion in Brighton as seen from the Pavilion Gardens at night. The building started off life as a humble farmhouse knwon as "Brighton House" but it soon began to grow and expand as soon as Prince George leased it in 1786. In 1787 the building was enlarged and then in 1801/02 it was enmlarged once again with the addition of a dining room and conservatory. It was also around this time that the Prince purchased more land surrounding the building which he then had his riding school and stables built on (now the Dome Concert Hall and Corn Exchange). The building that everyone now knows as the Brighton pavilion really came into its own when the Prince brought in the designer John Nash who redesigned the entire palace between 1815 and 1822 and created what you now see today. The building is open to the public and a major tourist attraction (http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/).

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Mr Greedy

I really enjoyed drawing today's Mr Men themed sketch. I actually found myself grinning halfway through. There's something undeniably adoreable about the characters that Roger Hargeaves created way back in 1971. You can't help but smile when you see them. Here's Mr Greedy ...

The Grandest View, Dark Days and Church and Pension

The Grandest View in the World :- A bit of an outlandish title and statement but they are not my words. They were the words uttered the famous English painter John Constable (1776 - 1837) when he stood here and looked out upon the panorama from Devil’s Dyke which is (aprox) 5 miles north of Brighton in Sussex. The Dyke itself is a 100m deep V-shaped valley and is the longest, widest and deepest dry chalk valley in the country. The hills surrounding the valley offer views of the South Downs, The Weald, and even the Isle of Wight on a clear day (the IOW is over 60 miles away from Devil's Dyke). This view is looking north from the top of the National Trust run site.

Dark Days :- The dramatic combination of a sunset and incoming storm. The light was having the life squeezed out of it which was causing a strange and eerie darkness to fall way before its time. The beach fell still, the gulls stopped flying and screeching and it felt like the world was about to draw to a close and simply pop into oblivion. It didn't. But I managed to get reasonably wet as the storm eventually made land and threw itself at me with all it'd got. As with a lot of my beach shots this was photographed at Ovingdean Gap to the east of Brighton.

Church and Pension :- Shot back in 2013 as I was heading back to England via Germany after driving all the way to Romania. This church and guesthouse / restaurant / bar are located in Obertrubach which is a municipality in the district of Forchheim in Bavaria in Germany. We'd driven late at night through nothing but forest and at one point thought we were lost and that the sat nav was playing games with us by sending us the wrong way and into the middle of nowhere. But then we eventually went over the brow of a darkened hill and there it was all lit up and looking very inviting indeed. This was my first time in Bavaria and I found the architecture and surroundings absolutely stunning.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Mr Nosey

Today's given Daily Doodle Mr Man is the curtain twitching Nr Nosey. He just can't jkeep his nose out of things...

Marina Mouth, Hope Gap Steps and Theobald House

Marina Mouth :- A different view of Brighton's famous and very large Marina. This 70's built (constructed between 1971 and 1979) man made harbour is 127 acres in size and provides 1,600 berths as well as having a place for the boats to fuel and a fully functioning boatyard. There's also a supermarket, gym, casino, cinema as well as a selection of shops, cafes and bars. The marina has its own village too which consists of several gated communities. Ths was shot from the far end of the giant eastern protective arm that curves around towards the west. The western arm is built to the same height and has a much gentler curve to it, it sticks out slightly further though it's far smaller in actual length. These two arms take the full force of the waves during storms and protect all within the marina from the elements whilst forming the mouth of the marina itself.

Hope Gap Steps :- This is where I found myself last week as I ventured out from Brighton and headed of to seaford. I parked the car and then walked up over the cliffs that form Seaford Head and then down towards the picturesque and very famous Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters cliffs. I'd never done this walk before so was surprised to come across an area known as "Hope Gap" and discover a set of stone steps leading down to the beach. The tide was out so I decided to descend the steps and explore a little. The steps are set in three flights and are severley worn due to the relentless hammering of the tides, waves and weather. They were built sometime around 1979 after a previous set of older steps were demolished. After taking a few shots from this vantage point I decided to walk along the rocky beach to Cuckmere Haven (whilst keeping an eye on the tide) before turning around and walking all the way back over the cliffs to the promenade in Seaford.

Theobald House :- Move along...nothing to see here. Not the most glamorous building in Brighton by far. The City is well known for its Georgian, Rgency and Victorian architecture. Its seafront with the filigree iron work and dolphin emblazoned railings are unmistakingly that of the famous seaside resort. But there's another side to Brighton that's seldom shown or talked about. It's the side of the city that started to rise up in the 60's and 70's. The ugly "new" buildings started to tower above all else and yelled across the rooftops so that nobody could ignore their ugliness. Construction started on theobald House in 1965 and it was completed one year later in 1966 so it's the same age as me. This residential block was ultra modern at the time and the 22 floors are home to 110 flats. It rises up to height of 63 metres / 206 feet and must offer tremendous views of Brighton to those living on the uppermost levels. It was built above a 310-space car-park and is the tallest council block in Brighton and therefore sticks out like sore thumb. The block was named after Stanley Theobald, the man that got it built. He was (at the time) one of the most powerful men in Brighton and was also responsible in the in building of the Brighton Centre, the original American Express European headquarters and also for the restoration of the Royal Pavilion.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Mr Bump

For today's Daily Doodle we were given the marvellous Mr Bump. I thought i'd give him a big smile even though his thumbs throbbing from hitting it with a hammer. Just to add to the fun I thought I'd show him standing on ice or a highly polished floor!

A Victorian Window, River Jetty and Courtyard Path

A Victorian Window :- Brighton is crammed full of history. It's famous for its Georgian and regency buildings and architecture and is well known for its decorative (and turquoise painted) Victorian promenade and seafront. Quite a way along the promenade to the east of the pier you'll discover a large glass fronted building with fairly ornate ironwork and fancy windows on Madeira Drive. It was constructed along with the Madeira Lift in 1890 (at the same time as the ornate iron arched terrace was built) and served as a shelter hall to those using the lift (linking Marine Parade with Madeira Drive) in "inclement weather". Over the years it's been used as several different cafes but now it's famously the award winning Concorde 2​ live music venue and nightclub. Both the Madeira Lift and Shelter Hall were inaugurated on 24th May 1890 and are now Grade II listed buildings. That means these windows are 125 years old.

River Jetty :- This wooden jetty can be found on the banks of the River Ouse in the village of Piddinghoe which is in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. Unusually the village is not listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 but later a manor going by that name in 1220 was owned by William de Warenne, 5th Earl of Surrey. The village was also once a key player for smugglers in Sussex. This view is looking down river in a South Easterly direction towards the town and port of Newhaven.

Courtyard Path :- These are the ruins of Nymans House which are situated in Nymans, a National Trust Garden in West Sussex. It was once a grand Regency style house until it was transformed in the 1920's into a magnificent Medieval manor by Leonard Messel and his wife Maud. In February 1947 the house patially burnt down in a horrific fire and it's ruins still stand to this day. Surprisingly enough several of the rooms remained undamaged and Anne, Countess of Rosse continued to live there and was the last of the Messels to do so until she died in 1992.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Mr Happy

They are not exactly difficult to draw but I have to admit I am having immense fun drawing the Mr Men that Roger Hargreaves so lovingly created. I find myself smiling throughout as I am watching them come alive.

Roads, Top Route and Evening Sun

Roads :- These are the (upper) approach and (lower) exit roads of Brighton Marina. Built in the 1970's they daily take the weight of all manner of transport as they go to and from this huge 'floating' village. This was shot a couple of years ago in 2012 but right now the section in the middle (with the two large support pillars) is covered in scaffolding as maintenance is carried out. This also mean that the pedestrian walkway wich runs up to the Black Rock promenade is also currently closed off. Busses, delivery lorries and large trucks trundle over these roads that are held aloft and it's not until you look at them from this vantage point (high up from the top of the nearby car park) that you realise just how thin they are.

Top Route :- There are several ways that I can walk or bicycle between home and the city of Brighton. Some are quicker than others but by far the most breathtaking is the clifftop route that runs alongside the main A259 coast road. The pathway sits on top of the 80 feet (24.38 metres) high chalk cliffs and offers huge panoramic views out over the English Channel. At certain points the pathway comes very close to the edge of the cliffs with only a thin wire fence separating you from the drop to the concrete undercliff walk down below. When the weather is pleasant it's a wonderful route to take but when it's wet and windy it's absolutely soul destroying!

Evening Sun :- An old village lane gets caught in the last few beams of evening sun. The rough, dirt track is called "Hog Plat Lane" and it runs between the historical village of Rottingdean and the Beacon Hill Nature Reserve with its famous Windmill looking out to sea. This was one of the routes (in more ancient times) that flocks of sheep would take to go down to the nearby village pond. Halfway up the lane you'll now discover a vast array of allotments spreading up the hill.

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Mr Tickle

Today's Daily Doodle theme is all about the wonderful Mr Men who were created by Roger Hargreaves. I found whilst I was sketching Mr Tickle I had the voice of Arthur Lowe in my mind as he was the original narrator of the animated series.

Cable Telegraph, Nowhere To Go and Harvest

Cable Telegraph :- At the eastern end of the wooden toll bridge (built in 1782) in Shoreham (West Sussex) you'll find this old yellow metal "Cable Telegraph" sign near the Old Shoreham Road (A283). I would dearly love to be able to tell you its histpry and why it's there but after an extensive search online I have found very little information about it. All I have discovered is that it's one of a pair of signs (the other being on the opposite bank) that warn of the presence of a 'cable telegraph' that runs under the River Adur. I have no idea of the date it was first placed here but am guessing it must be from the late 1930's or early 1940's.

Nowhere To Go :- Quite literally the calm before the storm. As I stood on the rocks I could clearly see the rain falling out to sea. The clouds were almost touching the surface of the water in places. Where I was standing all was still, quiet and tranquil. I knew it would only be a matter of time before the storm made it to shore as I could feel the temperature dropping by the minute and the wind was starting to pick up. The shot was taken from the beach at Ovingdean Gap in Brighton.

Harvest :- This was shot way back in August 2012. The corn had been cut and neat rows were catching the afternoon sunlight. They made me think of rolling waves and then my mind jumped and made the connection with grooves in the old vinyl records when you see them magnified. I then realised that it doesn't matter if you are looking at waves of water, waves of corn or waves of sound. they all pretty much looked the same as each other. Mother Nature has a uniformity to her that she's quite clever at hiding in plain view. Sound, water and wind are all very different from each other but they all act the same way ... in waves.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Tom Thumb

Ok. So I've only just got around to sketching Friday's doodle which was "Tom Thumb". Sat around a while thinking about this one as the obvious thing to do is waht a lot do which is to draw him standing on a hand etc. Interestingly enough in a lot of illustrations showing him standing on hands he's considereably larger than a thumb which sort of blows the point really. Tome larger than a Thumb doesn't have the same ring about it. So I pondered on what it would be like to be the size of an adult's thumb and then wondered what else was (roughly) the size of an adult's thumb. And then it hit me ... a mouse!

Paint It Black, Beacon Mill and Cold & Warm

Paint It Black :- Just a black painted wooden door in an alleyway somewhere in the City of Brighton. But this is no longer an ordinary alleyway as it was made famous in the film Quadrophenia (1979) by being the location where Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels) and Steph (Leslie Ash) escape the police and fall through a doorway into the yard and proceed to have sex. This location is now known as "Quadrophenia Alley" and has become a shrine and is sacred to most Mods. The door is actually the back door to Choys Chinese Restaurant, it was once red but it soon got covered in graffiti by those visiting the alley so it's now been painted black. The wall to the left of the image still sports some graffiti. Every now and then the area is cleaned up but it's not before long that a new batch of messages and scrawlings appear.

Beacon Mill :- I am blessed by living in such a rural and beautiful area that's still within a vast and sprawling famous city and seaside resort. The historical tourist magnet that is Brighton is just a 10 minute drive away from this quiet and idyllic spot. Beacon Mill was built in 1802. She is a grade II listed smock mill and is located high up on Beacon Hill Nature Reserve which sits between the ancient villages (both in the Domesday Book of 1086) of Ovingdean and Rottingdean on the south coast of England. The mill was a working mill up until 1881 and she was very nearly demolished in 1890. Over the years since then various efforts have been made to save her and keep her in decent condition. The mill now has a steel frame inside that extends up into the cap to help support her delicate and old wooden frame. She is now looked after by the Rottingdean Preservation Society.

Cold & Warm :- It always pays to turn away from your subject matter and do a complete 360° spin from time to time. It's too easy to stay focused on one thing and miss everything else that going on around you. On this occasion I stepped away from the camera and had a quick look around which was when I saw the rich tones of the sunset contrasting against the grey and cold tones of the sea and sky. I grabbed the tripod and quickly relocated (minding the rock pools on the way) in order to get this shot. Sometimes the most mundane things can be transformed into such beautiful scenes if you are lucky enough to get the timing right. I think this image has a lot of drama and power to it.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Descend Into Light, Palace of Fun and Eventide

Descend Into Light :- Designed and created for your safety but fraught with nothing but danger. This is a bicycle and pedestrian subway that connects the upper coast road of Marine Drive (A259) with the lower seafront road of Madeira Drive in Brighton. It was shot around 02:00 am, it was very quiet and as far as I could tell there was nobody about but this was as far as I chose to go.

Palace of Fun :- Brighton beach and pier caught in silhouette by the early evening sun. The pier is one of Britain's top tourist attractions and has been providing various entertainments since it first opened in 1899. The far end out to sea has now been transformed into a fairground with many rides that are designed to thrill you in way or another. The middle section has the 'famous' Palm Court fish and chip restaurant and Victoria's Bar and the front section has the 'Palace of Fun' which is a rather loud amusement arcade packed with machines that all seem to have flashing lights. Along the entire length of the pier there are various stalls, booths and souvenir stores.

Eventide :- A shot looking down towards Widecombe-in-the-Moor from Bonehill Rocks which are in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England. It was nearly 9pm and the sunset was creating a golden glow in the sky and catching a few clouds that were scudding by. I'd been driving for most of the day so was pleased to finally get where we'd been heading and stretch the legs. Dry stone walls are amazing things but only exist within certain areas of Britain. Strangely enough you find them more in and around places with moorland ... but thinking about it that's where you're going to find more granite rocks with which to build them. Dartmoor National Park is 954 square kilometres in size.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Lowering Heavens, Cafe~Bar and The Grange

Lowering Heavens :- A small block of light makes it through the dense, dark and ominous storm cloud just to notify you that it is in fact still daylight. It was 18:45 in the evening and I found myself wrapped up against the elements and trying my best to record a few shots of the storm before it rolled my way. I could already feel the odd spot of rain on the wind and new it was only a short matter of time until the heavy downfall soaked everything where I was standing. It was shot on the beach at Ovingdean Gap which is just a few miles east of the City of Brighton on the south coast of England.

Cafe~Bar :- I've had this shot on file for a lng time as it was taken sometime during March 2012. The lower promenade in Brighton is full of restaurants, cafes and bars that now fill the old Victorian arches that once housed fishing boats. It's an odd and garish partnership where old meets new but it's now very much part of Brighton and its tourist industry. This was shot by "Carousels Fish and Chips" and the "Old Penny Arcade" museum which also calls itself the National Museum of Penny Slots Machines (1895-1955).

The Grange :- This is the back of the 16th Century Southover Grange in the historical town of Lewes in East Sussex. It was built ( in 1572) for William Newton who was Steward to the Earl of Dorset and Caen limestone from the ruins of Lewes Priory was used in its construction. The Newton familly owned the building for nearly 300 years where it finally changed into different hands in 1860. George, the Prince of Wales often stayed at the Grange when visiting Lewes. Southover Grange is a Grade II building.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Daily Doodle : Three Billy Goats Gruff

Today's given fairy tale is one that I remember well from my childhood. It's a Norwegian tale that has different morals attached to it deending on how you choose to lok at it. It's either about dealing with trouble and requiring back up, or it's about devious minds and quick thinking or from the Troll's perspective it's about pure greed and becoming undone by it. Anyway the three goats manage to cross the bridge and the Troll is unceremoniously evicted from it. Job's a good'n.

Three & Four, St Margaret's Steps and Chichester Cathedral

Three & Four :- There's a lot to see and photograph in and around Brighton. But that means everyone with a camera is thinking the same thing a lot of the time. There's one spot on Brighton beach where you can guarantee finding a swarm, throng, flange or plethora of amateur and professional photographers and that's just by the ruins of the old West Pier. If you find yourself that way just as the sun is setting then you will be hard pushed to take a shot without another photographer being in it somewhere. They are like moths to the flame and are all drawn down to the waters edge to shoot images of the twisted metal remains of what was once Brighton's finest pier. Obviously I am also one of the ones that's inexplicably drawn down to the ruins or else you wouldn't be looking at this image at all. Having said that I do live in Brighton and I also remember actually going on that very pier when I was child before she was closed to the public in 1975. She#s now one of my muses and I still love her very much.

St Margaret's Steps :- This is a shot of the southern side of St Margaret's Church taken from one of its graveyards in the village of Rottingdean in Sussex. Parts of the Church date from the 13th Century and it's now a Grade II* listed building. The ancient churchyard was extended three times (1883, 1905 and 1920) and includes the graves of Scottish novelist William Black, music hall entertainer G. H. Elliott and more recently that of famed rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore who was buried at the church after he died in 2011. Most of the stained glass windows within the Church were designed by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones who is buried there along with his wife Georgiana and their granddaughter, novelist Angela Thirkell.

Chichester Cathedral :- A shot of the mighty and very impressive Chichester Cathedral taken from West Street pavement / sidewalk in the City of Chichester in West Sussex. In 1076 a new cathedral begane to be built where the Saxon church of St Peter once stood. The Cathedral was eventually finished and consecrated in 1108 which means it has served the people of Chichester for 907 years! The Cathedral is unique because it has a free-standing 15th-century medieval bell tower (far right of the shot behind the trees), double aisles and is the only medieval English cathedral which can be seen from the sea.

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Daily Doodle : The Sorcerers Apprentice

Today's chosen fairy tale for Twitter's Daily Doodle (@Daily__Doodle) was The Sorcerers Apprentice. Obviously the minute you hear thjose words an image of Mickey Mouse in a wizard's cloak springs to mind but that's the trouble with Disney...they somehow turn everything into their own. The original story is pretty much what Disney took for the famous Mickey Mouse segment in "Fantasia". A young wizard plays with magic whilst the old Wizard is away and all hell breaks lose as the magic becomes uncontrollable. Buckets and brooms run wild as the yound aprentice attempts to cut corners and tidy up the easy way. I chose to depict the tale just as he launches into the magic and the brooms spring into life.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Arad Train Station, Carpenter Organ Co. and Under Old Bridge

Arad Train Station :- A dramatic and imposing image of Arad Gara Centrală (Arad Central Railway Station) in the City of Arad in western Romania. The building was designed by Ferenc Pfaff who was a Hungarian architect when Arad was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is the is the largest railway station in the city of Arad and it first opened its doors to the public in 1858. We were on our way to Constanța which is on the coast of the Black sea and is the oldest still-populated city in Romania. After several hours of driving we decided to take a break, stretch the legs and grab a bite to eat in Arad before heading on towards the Black Sea which was when i grabbed this shot of the station.

Carpenter Organ Co. :- Upstairs and tucked away in a corner of the Middle Street Synagogue's balcony you'll discover this old organ. I was fascinated by it as it looks as though it hasn't been touched for years and right in the middle of all the organ stops there's a large pressure indicator. Apparently the more negative air pressure that is generated by the pedalling the further the indicator dial arrow rotates showing the attainable volume levels at that particular moment. Sounds all a bit complicated to me. This particular organ is from the early 1900's but was bought for 12 shillings and sixpence in an auction in the 1930's! The organ was manufactured by the Carpenter Organ Company of Brattleboro VT in the U.S.A. and today instruments by E.P. Carpenter & Company are considered to be some of the finest organs and melodeons built in the 19th Century. The Middle Street Synagogue opened in 1875 and is a synagogue in the centre of Brighton. It is now regarded as being "One of Europe's Greatest Synagogues".

Under Old Bridge :- You'll have to take my word for it. This is a small, narrow walkway that cuts under and through the "Old Bridge" that crosses the River Looe in Looe which is a small coastal town and fishing port in south-east Cornwall. The bridge is Victorian, has seven arches and was built and opened in 1853. Looe is divided into two halves by the River and this shot is looking south down towards the West Quay from within the walkway tunnel in West Looe with East Looe being across the bridge on the other side.

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