She was built to last!

She was built to last!

I never get bored taking pics of this Structure. It is Brighton & Hove’s, West Pier. The recent vicious storms have taken another large chunk of the structure. She still hangs on though. This was a fully functioning pleasure Pier in the early seventies, I can remember it vividly. A sad state of affairs now!

Coned out of his head!

Coned out of his head!

This isn’t the best photo in the world of Cone Head, but I snapped it on the hurry. Should it stay or should it go, the cone that is! This statue and cone is a popular subject at the moment. Being a grumpy old git, well not that old, this always makes me smile when I see it. It is a constant battle between the authorities and Joe public. It gets my VOTE to stay, it needs to stay. Its a Glasgow thing…. and that’s coming from a Southerner

Life in a glazed brick wall

 

England, Worthing seafront property.

Three floors up.  Victorian white glazed brick wall ( with grime ).  Airbourne seeds or maybe bird droppings with seeds, wedged into the mortar courses, the right conditions and a Fern of sorts is produced, growing happily between courses.

 

 

Wood Slick

This is by far my earliest and largest photographic project.  Most times, its better to show one or two pictures.  I am taking a chance and showing 20 pictures.  The photographs really tell the story and I hope they hold your interest.  I managed to capture these pictures early one morning going along the coast road to work.

The Cargo Ship,  “The Ice Prince” carrying Timber, ran into trouble in rough sea’s near Portland Bill, England in January 2008.  The crew where all rescued by helicopter and lifeboat, before she sank.   Timber, 33ft long planks where washed off the Ship causing a Wood Slick running from West (Portland Bill) to East (Beachy Head and beyond) of the English Channel.  “This is what I saw that morning”.

These shots taken, were on a beach stretch in Worthing a few odd miles West of Brighton & Hove, England.  2000 tonnes, washed up along the coast causing hazards on the beaches and to the shipping lanes.  Anybody lifting timber away were threatened with arrest…

Our Daily Bread

There is so much that we don’t see immeadiately, or ever, for that matter.  Hand painted signs in this instance.  This Art has been handed over to companies that make signs using computor, photographic images and plenty of plastic.  Picture taken in Stoneham Road, Hove, East Sussex, England.

The hand painted signs above, almost lost to time now…

In a few short weeks now, this sign, between the two buildings, will be out of sight and mind when the trees foliage takes over until next fall…

Two Dog’s

I didn’t go looking for this building, Iv’e past it more times than I can remember and not really taken any notice of it.  How could I go past and not snap it up!  It was an old stable sighted high up on a hill in Brighton.  Could be Regency but probably Victorian. Beuatiful cast moulded dog heads in moulded frame fixed to the stable doors.

The Stable doors, I think its only storage now.

End of stable building.  In contrast to this building, a new trendy development has been constructed opposite this image.

These are great mouldings fitted to the stable doors, let the mouldings do the talking.  Lovely local history…

We are the Mod’s

Brighton.  Famous for being a seaside resort, two pier’s, the Graham Greene novel “Brighton Rock”, Fish & chip’s, sticks of rock.  Mods and Rocker’s (Quadrophenia) and much more!

View of The Brighton Pier, formerly ” The Palace Pier”, through the bikes…

Waiting to get into Brightona, the Motor Bike and Scooter Rally.

Vintage Lambretta’s and Vespa’s together looking fine…

More lights and chrome…

Hope you enjoyed the Scooter’s, “I love them”.  These vintage models make my modern Scooter look like a toy.  My neighbour in the 60’s when I was a small lad, had a Lambretta and he used to take me up and down the road on the back.  No helmets then!

Next time, I will throw a few Motor Bikes into the mix…

More Hove Cemetery

Had another stroll through Hove cemetery with the “Jack” this afternoon.  Found some more interesting monuments, take a look.

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Found this Tomb:  The inscriptions are hard to read (zoom in, maybe you can see better) He was a French Noble!  As far as I can make out, his stone reads; “Charles Augustus Vicomte Pinon Du Clos De Valmer”, The Last of His Race.  The inscription goes on and on and makes interesting reading…

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Picture Courtesy: UrbanPlumber

Charles Augustus Vicomte Pinon Du Clos De Valmer, Family Crest…

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A family Monument, a family history.  On this monument, I found a sad read about a lad who died in the African Campaign and is remembered on this stone.  My Great Grand Father served in the same campaign in a different regiment! and was featured in  BBC documentaries in the 60’s, one of the last surviving solders of that campaign. “Boer War”.

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Picture Courtesy: UrbanPlumber

A brave young man…

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Hove Cemetery.  Opened 1882 by Henry Hawkes.

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Just thought, the last picture should be colour, as it was a glorious afternoon…