Monday, 3 August 2015

Iced Over, Welcome and King George V

Iced Over :- December 2012 and the South of England was gripped by the frozen hands of winter. The air hurt your lungs when you breathed it in. The feeling in your toes was lost and your fingers were trying their best to keep a hold. So I went for a walk with the camera and found myself (20 minutes later) in the neighbouring village of Rottingdean. The village is ancient, it existed before the Norman invasion and is listed in the Domesday book of 1086. The village pond is where it all began as a Saxon settlement slowly sprang up around it. The name of the village derives from Saxon origins. ROTA being the name of one of the leaders, ING meaning community and DEAN for a wooded valley. This part of the Brighton area has many places ending in Dean (Woodingdean, Ovingdean, Bevingdean, Coledean etc) which is a sign of just how old the area is. On the other side of the pond you can see The Plough Inn which is one (it has several) of the villages pubs. The Plough dates from the 1840's but was rebuilt in the 1930's.

Welcome :- This always makes me laugh. This has got to be one of the most unwelcoming ways to enter Brighton Marina. It's a large colourless, concrete funnel that is devoid of anything pleasing whatsoever and yet from the seafront promenade this is the only way in. You can walk around the other side and gain access from that way too but to be honest that's not much better either as it's just a slightly brighter large colourless, concrete funnel that's devoid of anything pleasing.

King George V :- It's hard to convey the scale of these mighty steam trains which are located in the National Railway Museum in the City of York, Yorkshire. When you are down on the ground (and not standing on on a station platform) they tower above you. Each one has its own character and styling not like the modern trains of today which all look the same and seem devoid of personality. The arched name plate over the wheel was just above my head height when i stood next to it and I am 5'11" which is 71 inches or 180.34 cm. They are colossal machines. The King George V was built in 1927 for GWR (the Great Western Railway) and at the time it was the most powerful locomotive in the UK. It retired in 1963.

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