Friday, 2 July 2010

Food for thought and a few pictures on the camera card

The first lot are Broadstairs last week see good coffee at the Albion Hotel but no free Wi Fi.

The moth pictured above was there too click on it to make it bigger and click on it again for even bigger, this is biology so completely out of my depth.

The next lot are a few out of the car window shots in the way to Deal, not me I was driving and can only blame my children getting hold of my camera

The next lot are in Deal good straightforward reasonably priced food at the Royal Hotel, eaten outside, once again unfortunately no free Wi Fi again.

The other aspect of this visit was the Time Ball Tower Museum, well worth a visit, a real time capsule in more ways than one, see sorry the pictures got a bit muddled up.

Then on to Walmer Castle to cool off in the shade of the trees


  1. Three things that would improve Broadstairs in my opinion:

    1. Replace the 1960s railings along the cliff top with something that matches the historical period of the old light fixtures (see your last photo, with old ironwork and new railings).
    2. Replace the tall lamp-posts on the cliff top path, introduced in the 1980s, with shorter, more traditional designs like the original old gas lamps (that they took away in the 1980s). Lower, more frequent, lamp-posts give a more intimate feeling and should be able to be made vandle-proof. The economy of tall less frequent lamp-posts is a petty advantage in such a beautiful location seen by so many people. The worst tall lamp posts are on the pier, where the little 'historic' glass box fixtures look ridiculous on the top of tall masts.
    3. The 'security' lights on the pier that illuminate the moored boats are also worth investment: at present they are pointed towards the cliff top path (near Chiapinni's), so at night anyone looking from the cliff towards the harbour is dazzled by them. Build proper masts and fixtures to illuminate the boats from directly above, or from the direction of the cliff, and you would turn them into a beautiful night time feature that people would love to look at. The dazzling lights there now discourage people from looking in that direction, and are thus less effective as security for the boats.

  2. You mean to say you have lights in Broadstairs?!

  3. Lights we have. Now we seek illumination (hence the tranquil gaze).


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