Friday, 23 March 2018

Ramsgate Marina Pool and a bit of sketching in Wetherspoons tonight

 Pictures should expand if you click on them
 The pool succumbed probably mostly to the heated indoor pool and the cheap foreign holiday

 There must have been over 1,000 people in Wetherspoons at The Royal Victoria Pavilion this evening.

I sketched for a bit over supper in Wetherspoons, I'm experimenting on different ways of adding people in watercolours at the moment.

Busy bookshop day today, I would say the pictures of the books that went out on the shelves pretty much sum up the sales and associated discussions helping people find or choose the right books here is the link

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mainly Margate Lido photos and a minor ramble

First the lido pictures which should expand when you click on them. Do you say lyedo or leedo? Back in goodness knows when I worked there in various capacities. I was once a sort of mechanic to the firm called Associated Leisure that owned Dreamland, most of the amusement arcades along Margate seafront and The Lido complex at Cliftonville. This included some amusement arcades, Hades night club and an American pool room on the end with amazing sea views.

Back in this dark age the actual lido, swimming pool, wosisname had failed to attract enough people to swim in in it to make it viable to operate. On the one hand I think there were fewer visitors because of the foreign holidays, there were now heated swimming pools and perhaps people were less inclined to endure paying to swim in cold water. On the other hand, the days of paying the staff to run this sort of attraction less money than they could reasonably afford to live on combined with laying them all off for the winter, well they were pretty much over.

I think also all the various levels of government failed to understand that a town like Margate runs on its leisure facilities and somehow they have to be supported because when they fail the rest of the town's economy which is reliant on them fails.

I think most of these sites were council owned and rented out to various operators, a bit like the issue with high street shops now, the turnover decreases in a situation where previously it has always increased. Obviously the expenses, rent, rates, wages and so on have to decrease.

Much of Margate's economy hangs on Turner Contemporary at the moment, considering making the gallery run at a profit takes you a long way to understanding the problem.


I hope I didn't put any of the same photos in twice

The history here relates to Clifton Baths
which were built around 1830 and would have been a development of the cure that first began in around 1730, this involved drinking a pint of seawater and being ducked under the sea by professional dunkers. By the 1930s the curative effects of hot and cold salt water baths was replaced with the bathing lido.

If you really want to properly understand this I would recommend a good old browse in the the bookshop here in Ramsgate, concentrating on the old tourist guides.

On my bookbuying mission today I became inconvenient in Tankerton, the sign post outside the loos there
  is interesting
Recovered I bought some books for the bookshop there

Still with the bookshop here is the link to the books that went out yesterday

More occult books and other unusual stuff

Another eclectic batch from an album here, some with the writing on the back, from back then, for those addicted to this type of thing.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Old Thanet pictures, possible ramble

 This is where Ramsgate Marina Swimming pool was built in the early 1930s it opened in 1935 as there are no bathing machines I would guess the picture to date from the 1920s or early 30s

 Newgate Gap before 1909 from the postmark

 The Wintergardens dated in the text on the back 1939

 I think thiss is probably 1950s

 This one a splendid time in 1910

I have been having one of those butter side down types of day so am surprised any photos of the photos were in focus. As usual my problems were failing technology related, I wonder just how many electronic and electrical components the average person relies on to get through the day at the moment.

I guess it’s easier if you don’t have to make a living in this modern world, although I guess getting behind, particularly with personal tech is the real danger area. The pervious tech has all but gone.

Out till, cash register, wosisname in the bookshop has finally conked out after about 30 years, so I am on the lookout for another one, must have a receipt and tally roll if anyone has one they want to sell.