Sunday, 28 June 2015

Push & Pull, Scotney House and Golden Lintel

Push & Pull :- Perpetual motion is something that has baffled and eluded scientists, inventors, boffins and various wealthy eccentrics for centuries. There's a wood engraving dated 1660 that depicts Robert Fludd's "water screw" (1618) and it's widely accepted that this was the first recorded attempt to depict a perpetual motion machine. These fantastical machines are of course hypothetical and impossible as they would contravene certain laws of thermodynamics. The basic and simple definition of perpetual motion is something that can work or run indefinitely without an energy source. So I found myself standing on the beach and looking out to sea. The sound of the waves set up a hypnotizing rythm that sounded like a lullaby by mother nature. A bank of dark clouds hung over the sea and the cold, gold light that was coming from beyond them gave the water's surface a silvery sheen. I pondered on the constant flow of water. Back and forth, back and forth. A never ending motion that surrounds the globe. if only we could harness the power of the oceans, we'd have a constant unending supply of power. Then it dawned on me that the tides were in actual fact proof of perpetual motion....then it dawned on me within an instant of the first thought that they weren't. The tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and therefore were not flowing indefinitely without an energy source. But the planets rotate and they orbit along with their moons and everything keeps on going. Aha .. perpetual motion once again rears it's head. But no ... gravity and dark energy drive the universe and the laws of thermodynamics stick their tongue out at us once again. This image was shot on the beach at Ovingdean Gap near Brighton on the South coast of England.

Scotney House :- This is the main entrance and doorway to the the National Trust owned Scotney Castle which is an English country house with formal gardens near Lamberhurst in the county of Kent, England. Situated above the doorway there's the coat of Arms and the Hussey family motto which reads "Vix ea nostra voco" (I scarcely call these things our own). The house was was designed by Anthony Salvin and built (using sandstone quarried from the land it stood on) between 1835 and 1843 for Edward Hussey. The large hole and indent in the land created by the quarried sandstone was turned into the Quarry Garden which also has a 100 million year old dinosaur's footprint in it.

Golden Lintel :- It was very eerie standing inside St Alban's Church (Coombe Road, Brighton) knowning that it was due to be knocked down and demolished within days of me being there. Pews had been ripped up, the large cross had been taken down off the West interior wall and uncermoniously lent face down against a wooden rail. In places the red brickwork was discoloured from years of things leaning against it or hanging over it. Everything had been stripped out with little or no reverence. The church was built between 1910 and 1914 and was was demolished during the summer of 2013. I was one of the very last people to stand inside.

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