My friend Jane Worthington has just returned from Cambodia. A few of her pics. They are fairly self explanatory.
Copyright Jane Worthington
My friend Jane Worthington has just returned from Cambodia. A few of her pics. They are fairly self explanatory.
Copyright Jane Worthington
For fun I recently purchased an old SLR camera from my local pub. It was a Zenit. I had heard of the make, at art college it was the cheapskates’ SLR. Posher students having Prakticas and Pentaxes. My friend Jane had a Zenit – no disrespect, I think I had some ghastly piece of kit called a Penguin which my father gave me. I borrowed the college’s Yashica TLR, a kind of cheap Rolleiflex. That was fine.
For many years I gave up on cameras save the odd one trip holiday cam. Oddly for me these gave remarkable results – I think they do if the sunlight is bright.
Back to my new s/h Zenit. I purchased some new kind of black and white film from Boots, stuff that can be put through colour processors and still come out as black and white (when it’s not pink it has a slight blue cast). Eager to try it out I ran around town trying to use all the film up. I took the camera home to check rewinding procedures – first disaster, you had to tweak a collar under the shutter button to release the sprockets. I thought the rewinding was crunchy but foolishly blamed this on Russian robustness. I had stripped all the sprocket holes off the film, rendering the film useless and my morning wasted. Never mind, I had three for the price of two and a still sunny afternoon. Well I don’t know what I did wrong. When I went Boots to collect my disc and prints the girl smiled and said that she didn’t think that they were very good. She was right, they were very abstract, with large areas of complete over exposure, and showing only some of the wood grain, foliage and rubbish which I thought I had photographed. This was like lomography by Eisenstein (Battleship Potemkin). Strange and meaningless as these images there was some allure – possibly the poignancy of failure. My friend thinks they are worthy of entering for the Ruskin prize. I think I had accidentally mastered the technique of double exposure by only half pulling the film carriage lever across. I did wonder why it said I had only exposed 16 images. I will publish some of the images, the more artistic of course. Next time will be colour – I can’t wait to see what can go wrong.
Please reader do not think I am completely useless at photography – digital suits me fine and I can produce accomplished images – but you can’t get quite the cock ups that are possible with good old analogue film. Look out for the colour!
Oh… I now want a fish eye lens – anyone help?
Are camels the trucks of the desert. These camels are enjoying the comfort of a ride in a Nissan truck in the Egyptian desert not far from Sharm el Sheikh.
Picture copyright by Byron Richards
Look at the picture above and you can see where this driver
Broke through the guardrail, on the right side of the culvert,
Where the people are standing on the road, pointing.
The pick-up was traveling about 75 mph from right to left
When it crashed through the guardrail.
It flipped end-over-end bounced off and across the culvert outlet,
And landed right side up on the left side of the culvert,
Facing the opposite direction from which the driver was traveling.
The 22-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger
Were unhurt except for minor cuts and bruises.
Just outside Flagstaff , AZ , on U.S. Hwy 100.
Now look at the second picture below..
Sent by an unknown author in email
The Nederlands Government decided November last year the smoking ban will no longer apply in small bars that have no staff. Small means less than 70 sq.m. (about (750 sq.ft.)
The reason is that these small but popular bars (bruin bars) had no space to create a separate smoking room and would be suffering competition from larger bars. Under the revision allowing the bars to open is the condition is that the bar must have no staff but be run by its owner. This is a snag but which could be got round by making staff co-owners.
I have always thought that pubs, where space allowed, could have pleasant smoke free areas. My local club the Royal British Legion, Lymington, seemed to deal with smoke very effectively by having massive and effective air scrubbers on the ceiling. They didn’t have segregated areas but could easily have done so had the new laws not been so draconian.
Before the law many of the larger pub chains were also beginning to introduce segregated areas. This should have been allowed to continue with the new law imposing segregation on all establishments over a given size. Smaller establishments should be given the choice.
My local pub is of an area just about 175 sq.ft. It couldn’t really have two separate areas. 70% of its clientele smoke. I think landlords of pubs this size should be given the option of smoking or not smoking.
If the Government is determined not to make any concessions It could encourage more pleasant, and more enclosed outside smoking areas with some warmth (ok there is the global warming issue). Having a shelter with effectively two sides open to the elements is unfair to the smoker, it’s if the government wants molly coddle the non-smoker and penalise the smoker, turning the smoker into a pariah. Non smokers get dry and often upholstered seats, smokers often get hard, sometimes damp seats, sometimes no seats. Smokers either in or out of the shelters are often criticised by non smokers when the weather is fine, further adding to the pariah image of the smoker. Non smokers should be reminded that they do not actually own the atmosphere. Pubs without gardens have to push their smokers into the streets which does not greatly add to the image of the pub and the non smoke may have to enter the pub through a pall of smoke, nothing to stop the smoke blowing inside the pub anyway.
I say let’s adopt something like the Dutch revisions allowing small pubs to decide whether they are smoking or not and allow larger pubs to have segregated areas (not the bus shelter outside approach) this doesn’t stop any pub bar or restaurant going totally non smoking.
If we are going to have bans perhaps can we do something about other unpleasantnesses – snogging in public – perhaps pubs should have bicycle sheds for snogging, blowing noses, farting etc.
And now pubs are non smoking, patrons (or the law) may like to consider the need for personal hygiene a little more now that smells are no longer masked by lovely acrid cigarette smoke.
I visited Lima three times in the last couple of years. I had two favourite restaurants, Punto Blanco on the Circuito de Playas, Barranco and Bodega de la Trattoria by the Huaca Pucllana on Avenida General Borgono.
Punto Blanco was the most favourite because it was on the promenade facing the Pacific Ocean. My photographs don’t show it clearly but it was a curious one storey cylindrical structure, almost like a huge gun emplacement.
The first time I went I ordered from the a la carte menu as opposed to choosing from the huge buffet. Possibly a mistake, but the starter was a wonderful theatrical moment. Not knowing Peruvian Spanish very well I risked a Festival of Causas as my starter. Well, when it arrived it caused my companion to indulge in slight hysteria. As you will see when I eventually load the photo why the hoots. A causa is cylinder of fondant potato, usually the Peruvian yellow variety (papa amarilla) and stuffed with a variety of delicacies from chicken to squid. My festival of causas looked like yellow stumpy phalluses with curiously coloured excrescences. My dining companion thought it was a wind up. He thought it was the most camp starter he had ever seen.
Friends visiting Lima recently say the restaurant is now closed. God knows what they did wrong! They were always busy when I was there and I must have been 3 times a week when in Lima. Perhaps they didn’t pay the right kind of bills.
What more can be said – alas!
Is Lymington too posh for a Wetherspoon’s?
Try Googling this to get the answers.
The southern coastal town of Lymington in Hampshire has caused a bit of a flurry of publicity over the last year or so by seeming to be too posh for some national chains. Initially there was the Argos debacle: Argos wanted to take over the site previously occupied by Waitrose (it is now an M&S Simply Food outlet) and there was a local brouhaha about whether the town wanted such an outlet, somebody even suggested that the chain might be more suited to the area of Pennington the adjacent parish. Pennington residents were in uproar as there appeared to be an implication that its parish was not as good as that of Lymington.
Now we have J D Wetherspoon applying to form an outlet in the former Ford building, now occupied by furnishers and household goods suppliers Palfrey and Kemp. The Ford building is interesting architecturally – perhaps it never should have been put next to a church as the styles clash somewhat. The building is 60’s in appearance ( I could be corrected here) A flat fronted modernist façade covered in Portland stone to the first floor, and set back under this a full plate glass frontage. The first floor façade is supported on some pretty ghastly cylindrical pillars sheathed in small mosaic tile popular at one time. Portland stone and mosaic – what a mish mash.
I don’t think Wetherspoon care too much about the architecture, what they want is the space and this building is quite abundant with that. Whatever happens, the building though not fine, needs some love and attention. When I have visited the shop on rainy days there are buckets everywhere catching drips from the leaking roof (flat roofs don’t work well in this country, even Waitrose has leaks). If the building were to remain uncared for much longer it would have to be pulled down, there is already some disintegration of the concrete supports and beams caused by water ingress.
Go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/13/lymington-rejects-wetherspoons-pub if you want a picture.
The proximity of the church seems to be the main reason or excuse for the protesters. I disagree that this should count. Many churches have inns, pubs or taverns near them, for various historical social reasons both were deemed necessary for the functioning of small communities. Some were even put up for the masons building the church. Consider, masons were invariably itinerant workers and needed accommodation and sustenance. In fact right next to this church there were once two pubs, one the Six Bells, in early times the headquarters of the bellringers. The belltower was built in 1670 so the pub might date from about this time, (source “A Walk through Lymington” Edward King, Kings of Lymington, 1972) has long since gone and the other (once called the Fighting Cocks, then Dorset Arms, then Champagne Charlie’s, then Lymington Tavern) was recently transformed into a surgery. I don’t recall the church or church-goers petitioning for closure of the Dorset Arms, Champagne Charlie’s as it became, or in its last nomenclature, The Lymington Tavern. However I have read (Edward King again) that the Fighting Cocks was closed owing to its bad reputation by a Col. Hammersley in 1882, and only allowed to reopen if the name changed, hence the unimaginitive Dorset Arms. The pubs probably closed because of economic failure, nothing to do with the church.
Anyway Lymington has lost enough pubs. The smoking ban, recession and changing social habits are putting remaining small pubs at risk. Some say that the introduction of a Wetherspoon’s will be the final nail in the coffin for nearby small pubs. I disagree, as a pub-goer, Wetherspoon’s does not particularly appeal. Their establishments are more outlets than pubs, you cannot stand at the bar so the chances of striking up a conversation with a stranger or local or anyone else for that matter are slim. If you go to a Wetherspoon’s take your own company or be prepared for a very short visit. I lived in Colchester for a time and Wetherspoon opened an outlet in a one time theatre, then cinema, then bingo hall, it was alright but not for me, I went twice. The only Wetherspoon I have remotely liked is the one at Liverpool Street Station (oddly in this one you could stand at the bar), it was heaving, bustling with City commuters and fun (for a short time).
I know that at the moment local watering holes are worried about their survival without there being a Wetherspoon’s, let alone with one. I don’t think the introduction of a Wetherspoon’s outlet will affect them. If we had a McDonalds (oh, how dare I suggest!), I don’t think it would hurt the kebab house.
Lymington is a town that has lost quite lot of industry in the manual, semi-skilled and skilled sectors. First Wellworthy, piston ring manufacturer went, then Webbs, chicken processsor went, leaving tourism and marine industries the only hopeful industries left. As a tourist town Lymington has a few chances but it will need to retain some hospitality venues. It has lost at least ten since 1971 (list at end). It has lost the Jack in the Basket café, the Stone Cellar coffee bar and the Spinnaker coffer bar (to be fair these went years ago).
Surprisingly Lymington has gained a 99p shop (in the defunct Woolworths premises). I don’t know what the anti Argos lobby think of that. One interesting point is that Wetherspoon would be a presence above the church. It has long been said that it is harder for businesses to survive above the church in St Thomas Street, survival being easier in the High Street. Perhaps a Wetherspoon may help St Thomas Street’s businesses.
Pubs Lymington has had and lost. ? denotes the fact that I don’t know when they closed, perhaps somebody can help on this.
Alarm Inn, Quay Hill?
The Albion, High St, on the site of present Masonic Hall?
Anchor and Hope (formerly The Crown), High St, where Santander is?
Brittania, Station St, now Brittania B&B?
The Bugle,High St, where the Halifax is?
Dorset Arms (formerly the Fighting Cocks, latterly Champagne Charlie’s and even later The Lymington Tavern), St Thomas St, closed within last ten years
Crown and Anchor, Captain’s Row, within last ten years
The Dolphin, Quay St (I think)?
Dukes Head, Salterns, probably 1870
Greyhound, probably Gosport St?
The Harlequin, Bath Road?
The Hearts of Oak, Southampton Road?
Isle of Wight Hoy, Gosport St, now Trafalgar house?
Londesborough Hotel, High St, now Boots’ opticians, also had a back bar in the bus station?
Millwrights Arms, Belmore Road, last licence issued Feb 7th 1915
Red Lion, aka White Lion, about 1998
Six Bells, St Thomas St by the church, closed Dec 28th 1911
Sloop, exact position not known, probably over the river?
Snowdrop, top of Station St, left side going down, junction of Gosport St, licence expired Jul 11th 1911
Solent Inn, Quay Hill, closed Feb 2nd 1939
The Star (formerly the Prince of Wales),left side of Cannon St going up at junction of Gosport St (Jewsons site possibly), closed Mar 8th 1934
The Swan, on Lymington Bridge,
Three Horseshoes, New St, site of the Lady’s Wing, Literary Institute, closed Aug 31st 1878 by order of court for harbouring a policeman (curious)
True Blue, site not identified?
Waltham Arms, 51 High St, closed Mar 11th 1943
William IV, latterly British Workman, the House after the Dolphin (Quay St I think)?
Waterloo Arms, formerly The Bricklayers, Priestlands Place, closed Dec 28th 1911
White Lion, 88 High St, where Klitz’s Muic Warehouse was, next to Boots?
There is a question mark in my mind over which building was Klitz’s music shop, site of the old White Lion, I think it is either Country Casuals or Stead and Simpson. I should know I bought my first singles there (Please, Please Me)
Wheelwrights Arms, Waterloo Road?
Wheatsheaf, Gosport St next to Trafalgar precinct, still has the sign fitting?
Yacht Inn, (now Paul Jackson’s Estate Agents, I think) on corner of Quay and Quay St, was across the Road from the Dolphin (now a souvenir shop I think)?
Pubs that have gone since I have been drinking legally (am now 61) are as follows:-
Crown and Anchor;
Redlion/Whitelion 1998 I think;
Anchor and Hope;
Londesborough Hotel and the Country Bar at the rear;
The Lymington Tavern (a.k.a. Dorset arms, Fighting Cocks, Champagne Charlie’s);
The Tap Bar – Angel
The Hearts of Oak
The remaining or additional pubs are as follows:-
The Waggon and Horses, Undershore (going towards the WightLink ferry terminal)
Fishermans Rest, Woodside,
Mayflower, Stanley Road;
Haven, Lymington Yachthaven although it is semi-private, i.e. not on a public road;
The Ship, The Quay,
The Kings Head, Quay Hill;
The Bosuns Chair ex The Railway Hotel, Station Street;
Stanwell’s as a hotel bar therefore semi-private, High Street;
The Angel Hotel, High Street (it has lost its back bar the Tap Bar then Blue Pig);
The Kings Arms, St Thomas Street;
The Fusion Inn, Queen Street, formerly the Black Cat and Old English Gentleman;
The Thomas Tripp on the corner of Queen Street and Southampton Road is an addition as it was formerly a private residential hotel – The Anglesea;
The White Hart, Stanford Hill;
The Borough Arms, Avenue Road;
The Toll House, Southampton Road;
The Musketeers, North Street, Pennington;
The Sportsmans Arms, The Square Pennington;
The Wheel Inn, Sway Road – Ramley Road, Pennington;
Graze, Gosport Street, formerly Limpets, more of a cocktail bar than a pub as it does not have much ale, if any, but has a full-on licence.
I have excluded restaurants, pizza outlets etc. on the basis that they may only have restaurant licences
I note a few pubs expired on Dec 28th 1911, I wonder why.
This information has been garnered from “A Walk through Lymington” (A Sentimental Journey) by Edward King, published by the bookshop and printers Kings of Lymington, 1972, that site is now Waterstones.
Combis de la Muerte – Combis of death. The combi is the ubiquitous form of public transport in Lima Peru. These are small van type buses operated by self employed drivers, small companies and sometimes larger operations although the larger operations would deny the muerte bit. There are also moto-taxis which are like motorised rickshaws on the outskirts; these are banned in the affluent municipalities such as Miraflores, Magdalena del Mar, San Isidro et al. The moto-taxi thrives north of Callao and around Ventanilla – they are dangerous but quite lovely to look at. I will seek a picture.
Back to combis. My first visit to Lima figures the combi in all its battered glory, sadly few no good pictures. The really are bad examples are being banned so I might have to resort to archives to show any. Meanwhile below are a few snaps I have.
This is a smarter one – not a combi.
The above seen on Jose Pardo.
This is a link worth visiting for mototaxis
Because Jersey has such great tides the distance on the beach between low tide and high tide can be quite great. The local fishermen use tractors to haul their boats across the beach. These are often lovely old beasts lovingly and often brightly painted.
Lonely Planet says that on its surface Lima is no thing of beauty. Correct. When I first arrived at Jorge Chavez International it rained. My travelling companion said it never rained in Lima – hardly ever anyway. This was rain. He tried to brush it away as condensation from aircraft. It was also grey with what looked and smelt like smog. The trip from the airport was bleak. How had I been persuaded to make this visit? The new Costa Verde road was grey, the sand was grey, everything appeared the colour of concrete dust. Not the semi-tropical vision I had originally conjured up. Things were not looking good until we got to Miraflores. Now there was green, well planted avenues, suddenly a modern well tended city was appearing. Our hotel was on Avenida Jose Pardo , a four lane street with a trees and a wlkway through the centre. The hotel was a modern edifice of about 30 years of age.
Clean and well polished with a central atrium open to the sky (rain), this was beautifully planted with a kind of hanging tropical fern of great length.
Things were looking better. The hotel had a small roof garden with pool which housed the cafeteria and bar. The rooms were small apartments with a sitting room, bathroom and bedroom, dated but very comfortable and there was air conditioning if you needed it.
The flight to Lima from London had been tiring, London at dawn, Amsterdam’s Schiphol by about nine, a brief Jonge Jenever (Dutch Gin) break and off with KLM for twelve hours to Lima. Heathrow is bleak first thing in the morning. We had arrived as recommended two hours before take-off only to find the airport virtually closed so we really only needed to be there one hour in advance as there was nowhere to book in two hours early. Sciphol was fine, breezily efficient and friendly.
Back to Miraflores – we unpacked quickly and got out of the hotel and headed for Haiti, a cosmopolitan French style café near the Parcque Kennedy. Here I had my first Pisco sour – a national cocktail of a marc type of brandy with lime juice and whit of egg and a little cinnamon.
My companion suggested conchitas a la parmesana for supper. Queen scallops baked with parmesan – lots of them. Lima was suddenly looking fine.
Testing – testing dzho.co.uk – let’s hope it works. If it does work it will be about quirky photographs, local eccentricities and anything else that I come across. Hopefully a more focussed approach will evolve. At the moment I am trying to get people who are interested in photos old trashed, wrecked, abandoned cars together. Another interest is Lima, Peru.
The photo above is of a truck at the museum site of Pachacamac, an Inca citadel in southern Lima, near Lurin. You don’t have to go all the way to Machu Picchu to get an idea of the scale of the Inca civilisation.
The above photo is a small section of the outer wall of the Huaca Pucllana, taken from Avenida General Borgono. A good way of looking at the Huaca is by sitting in the restaurant of the Bodega de la Trattoria and enjoying their fabulous Italian food. See Below.
About four years ago I sailed from Antigua back to Jersey on my nephew’s Swan. Whilst in English Harbour waiting to leave I found this poignantly forlorn truck. I am a bit keen on battered trucks, old beach tractors and Lima’s Combis de la Muerte (Combis of Death). More on Lima later
I am showing photos to start this blog. This was a trip to Ancon, Lima. The sweet lady was in a kiosk on the promenade near the Yacht Club. We got to the promenade courtesy of an old lady cycling a rickshaw (we paid her)
A picture of a pretty Underground stairway
We had lunch at Google in Victoria and were on our way to the Tate Modern. Jane thought these were very pretty tiles. It took ages to try and get a pic without people in. Didn’t quite manage that but they are in the distance.