Tuesday, 29 September 2015

All the Breaks, Raised Up and Mallard

All the Breaks :- A low tide and smouldering skyline help make this shot such a moody image. The large breakwater / groyne is at Rottingdean on the South coast. It's a shame that htese huge concrete and stone structures break up the line of the beach and look so ugly but without them the beach itself would have eroded away and the sea would be doing its best top take the Sussex coastline with it. It's vital that the sea defenses are there, they are all saving us from swimming for it!

Raised Up :- I spotted this wonderful twisted tree on a small bank tucked away off to the side within the grounds of Bramber Castle in West Sussex. There's very little left of the Castle itself now, just a few low crumbling walls, half of the main gatehouse, a central hill which was once the motte and little else. The moat still circles the area and is now dry but is fascinating to walk as you get a real perspective and feel of just how impenetrable the Csastle was in its day and how deep the moat actually was! The Castle was built (circa) 1070 by William De Braose, 1st feudal baron just a few years after the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest. The Castle was also 'confiscated' by King John who was the brother of Richard the Lionheart (Richard I).

Mallard :- Yes. It is the real thing. This is the world record breaking LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard. The fastest steam train in the world. She was built in 1938 and is chock full of grace and style ... something that our modern trains are severley lacking. The steam train is 70 ft (21 m) in legnth and weighs a mighty 165 tons (with tender). On the 3rd July 1938 'Mallard' achieved a top speed of 125.88 mph (202.58 km/h). This beautiful steam locomotive still officially holds the record which I doubt will ever be broken. She is now kept in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum in the City of York.

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