Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Wetherspoons at Ramsgate Royal Victoria Pavilion a review, the beginnings of a watercolour sketch and about 100 photos.

Lunch at the new Wetherspoons in Ramsgate today, which was cheese and ham panini, cost about £6.50 which also included a soft drink. I could either have had chips with it or salad, I chose the salad option. It was very good, took less than 15 minutes to arrive and I managed to get some watercolour sketching and lunch in during my lunch hour.  

I have four concepts of The Pavilion, the historical one which is based on old pictures and guides and my visit when it was in a very bad state in 2010 these are covered in the blog post I wrote immediately after my visit, here is the link to the post https://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/pictures-of-inside-of-royal-victoria.html this post has links to the pages of pictures I took inside, back then.

The other two concepts are much more normal use of the building, one dates from when I worked for The Pleasurama Group back in the 1970s, as a mechanic of sorts my job was to mend things and at that time Star Dust Amusement Arcade was owned by the group and had plenty of amusement machines to mend I also made occasional forays into the casino part to mend the one armed bandits in there. The other is today’s visit here is the link to my mobile phone pictures taken there today https://photos.app.goo.gl/DZyF6coaquwK1gsk2 

Later on, as there were three other people working in the bookshop, I’m afraid I skived off from work an hour early and carried on painting, the other people put the books away in the bookshop, here is the link to the pictures of them http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/adele-in-bookshop.html

The refurbished Pavilion is a real asset to Ramsgate and a lot of this is to do with the view across the harbour towards the waterfront with its diverse historic architecture.

Any late nigh visits to the night club or casino are hazy memories and I don’t think count that much.

The pictures I took with my camera today, mostly a short walk after painting from the pavilion are here http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/917L/id24.htm

Something that I found interesting was that nearly all of the tables in the sun on the decking on the pavilion roof were taken apart from those reserves for non smokers, which produced the strange empty but desirable area. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Penguin in Ramsgate Harbour, Manston DCO minor update,

Says on this one,“Penguin” yacht belonging to the artist-author, Donald Maxwell, who wrote and illustrated “Unknown Kent”, “A Detective in Kent”, and many other books. He was in this port owing to damage in a gale, and had been hauled up on the slipway at Moses’ shipbuilding yard, the last craft to use it.

With Manston it seems that there are various truths, in the case of this Ellington Park photo the plane was horizontal and the tree leaning but adjusting the photo seemed appropriate.

I have been badgering on about the snags of opening a freight hub, mostly those related to air pollution, so time for an update.

Manston DCO update
Back in mid July we had a consultation about turning the old Manston Airport site into a major airfreight hub.
At the moment the site is owned by a company called Stonehill Park, this is essentially the same people who bought the old Pfizer site when Pfizer were going to pull out and close. This was a success story which even meant that Pfizer kept a small part of their operation going there, a lot of other companies moved there too and at the moment Discovery Park, which is what they called this enterprise, is the main site for employment locally.
Stonehill Park have submitted plans for a mixed use development, this means industrial units and housing, as is usual with large developments this will include doctor’s surgery and schools. Here is a link to their website http://www.stonehillpark.co.uk/
The outline planning application has been submitted and you can view it by copying the application ref is OL/TH/16/0550 and putting it in the TDC planning website search box, here is the link to it https://planning.thanet.gov.uk/online-applications/
The people who want to turn the site into an airfreight hub, obviously don’t own the site and Stonehill Park don’t want to sell it.
The people who want to turn the site into an airfreight hub have been various permutations of a property investment firm called RiverOak.
This started out with an American RiverOak http://www.riveroakic.com they tried to buy the site from previous owners and were turned down, they subsequently tried to get TDC to buy the site using a compulsory purchase order but were turned down.
During all of this RiverOak changed to a UK branch of the American company and has now become RSP RiverOak Strategic Partners http://rsp.co.uk/
At the moment they are trying to get the Department for Transport to buy the for them using a thing called a Development Consent Order, DCO.
This is the DCO remit on the Department for Transport’s website:-
“The upgrade and reopening of Manston Airport primarily as a cargo airport, with some passenger services, with a capacity of at least 12,000 air cargo movements per year.”
New Information
Things have been pretty quiet since mid July, but now documents have started to appear on the Department for Transport’s website, I would guess because everyone involved is back from their holidays.

The consultation attracted around 2,000 responses and the DfT have published their summery of their first meeting with RiverOak since the consultation, here is the link https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR020002/TR020002-Advice-00098-1-170823%20Manston%20Airport%20Teleconference%20Meeting%20Note%20Final.pdf
I think one issue here will be whether the consultation was done properly and if it will have to be done again.
What were the old main issues, aircraft noise and water drainage seem to be being addressed by the statutory bodies.
RiverOak say they will submit the application by Christmas.
There is a letter from Save Manston Airport Association which says that they were happy with the consultation process which so many people complained about, here is the link:-
It’s a bit hard to follow what their point is here and as a lot of the issues I had were to do with the applicant’s website not working properly, something the RiverOak accepted and does leave one wondering whether Save Manston Airport Association were happy with it because they didn’t actually try to use it.
Then there is my follow-up which is mostly related to the particulate air pollution issue.
Since I wrote this there has been a new study published in the proceedings of The National Academy of Science give a relationship between measurable pollution levels and the number of years it will knock of people's lives. 10 micrograms per cubic meter of particulate matter pollution reduces life expectancy by 0.6 years.

There is also an increasing body of research pointing to particulate air pollution as one of the main causes of dementia. 

So I have tried and am still trying to get RiverOak to look at mitigating the air pollution associated with an airfreight hub, it’s a case of writing to them and getting no reply, see https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/manston-airport/?ipcsection=advice&ipcadvice=c2ba63ed60

Now we are coming close to being able to tell just how much having an airfreight hub at Manston would knock of off local people’s lives, i.e how much earlier people living in the Thanet towns will die if the freight hub is built than if it isn’t.  

I have added the following to help understand the housing and employment issue 

The Thanet employment figures for April - March 2017 i.e. latest published. So does this mean we would need 50% more of everything, schools, hospitals, housing, or if there are 50% more people in employment, Economically Active† 65,000 74.3 80.8 78.0
In Employment† 63,000 71.9 77.7 74.2
Employees† 47,300 54.2 65.2 63.2
Self Employed† 15,700 17.6 12.1 10.6

Unemployed (Model-Based)§ 3,700 5.5 3.8 4.7

Work wise in the bookshop today, here is what went out http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/on-road-in-bookshop.html

After work my walk didn’t go quite to plan, I got up onto the clifftop in front of Wellington Crescent and considered the coast of France, which you can see, but I can’t photograph that well, this was followed by what felt like rain coming on, 
 not sure how much these will expand or what you can see of France
 oh well

Anyway I took a few pictures of the ships at sea and the firemen at The Bench then scurried off back home snapping Destiny’s knitted poppies on the way, here is the link to the photos http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/917L/id23.htm  

Oh what happened? I thought rain was imminent and in the end it didn't rain, so I feel a bit wosisname.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Wylde Swan flies away from Wetherspoons, I find a picture of the capstan on the end of the west pier in Ramsgate a bit more painting in Canterbury, Sunday in fact

Sure I have posted this picture before with the bucket dredger Hope and a Ramsgate fishing smack by the lighthouse, you can of course click on it a bit and it will probably expand bit I have cropped out the capstan.

It's the black thing at the end of the arrow, think of it a a cotton-reel with holes around the top to put matchsticks in and you won't be far off. Scale everything up and the people push the matchsticks to wind up the cotton.

back in the day when the only motive power was sail, ships entering the harbour ran aground on the mud-banks to stop them and were warped off with with thick ropes and hard work at the capstan bars.

In Nelson's navy the phrase, start the men, meant hit them to make them push harder.

 I am not a fan of the big breakfast, toast and marmalade at Wetherspoons overlooking the harbour and the sea £3

I fiddled about with my preliminary sketch over breakfast, this one will never become a watercolour painting as it has too many errors, it's really only to give me ideas about what may look good from there.

 So there she goes Wylde Swan under engines, that is. Sorry about the squiff horizons, a more dedicated person would have straightened them

Canterbury next

St Anselm's chapel Canterbury cathedral, I did a bit more to the detail and then realised that the paper was folded and opened out into a bigger bit so thought I would have a go at the left hand bit too.

 's a bit feint at the moment

I did try a panoramic shot with my phone

Anyway a question for experts

 So this Nero place
 says 1698 at the top

 and 1573 further down
 is the top older than the bottom, sorry I mean is the bottom older than the top?
For the dedicated bookshop followers here is the link to the Saturday books 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Focused on Ramsgate Lighthouse 100 pictures of Ramsgate

Here is the link to the 100 pictures of Ramsgate I took on my walk this afternoon http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/917L/id22.htm I thought I had better get that out of the way before writing anything. 

So now drifting off down today’s ramble, what’s inside the lighthouse, apart from the light, there used to be a tide gauge.

As you see from the pictures, it’s not in very good condition now.  

The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.


"`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.

`It was the best butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.

`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'

The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the best butter, you know.'

Alice had been looking over his shoulder with some curiosity. `What a funny watch!' she remarked. `It tells the day of the month, and doesn't tell what o'clock it is!'

`Why should it?' muttered the Hatter. `Does your watch tell you what year it is?'

`Of course not,' Alice replied very readily: `but that's because it stays the same year for such a long time together.'

`Which is just the case with mine,' said the Hatter."


Sorry I digress better have another of today's pictures

snapshots don't you know walking, didn't stop for long enough to straighten the horizon

Back in 1868 you could be sure the tide was being properly measured but then Alice in wonderland had only been out for three years and the concept of butter in the machinery hadn't as it were spread.

 I think this picture of the same view may have been a tad later, comparing the two will have to do for now
 Back to today
 and as you see still battling with the camera

Friday, 15 September 2017

Wylde Swan tall ship in Ramsgate Harbour

Wylde Swan was built as a German steam ship in the 1920s, apparently the hull below the waterline is riveted although the topsides, presumably replaced at some time are welded steel.

I think she is rigged as a topsail schooner and being long and narrow I would think the is a fast boat.

As you see the masts are welded steel too

David Ridgway at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate

The current exhibition is by Ramsgate Artist - David Ridgway
Exhibition - 13 Sept - 20 Sept

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Still focussed on echoes of Ramsgate lighthouse around 1900, and some photos today, mostly of Hythe but a few Canterbury and Ramsgate ones. Some thoughts on parking costs.

I think the vessel giving off smoke in the middle is probably the tug Aid and the one on the left most likely a collier as in the days of steam and coal fires the coal was probably Ramsgate’s main incoming cargo.

We went to Hythe today, this was mostly buying books for the bookshop, lunch in Follies,


 very good pizza, lunchtime so we didn’t want a large meal and shared one between the two of us. The leisure was a walk to the seafront and back.

Hythe is a busy and attractive coastal town as you can see from the pictures, well at least the ones that are in focus, here are the links to today’s snapshots of Hythe

Parking prices are a big factor when visiting a town, buying books I need a cheap car park that is close to the town centre.
£2 for all day is very slightly cheaper thtan the one I usually use in Canterbury, and it is closer to the middle of the town as you can see from the map 

I have ringed the High Street and car park in red.

A couple of pictures that probably tell a story from the Hythe strips on the camera card 

Plenty of local history and more what I am coming to think of as retro reading, I shouldn't say when you have had enough of the hundredth american cereal killer as it only drives people cornflakes.  

I think this may be a racist thing, reading the quintessentially British, that is, actually after Trainspotting perhaps even English. 

Looking at this I think I read more books by white Englishmen who are older than me than any other group.  

I have just had a look at the bookshop blog post and as far as I can see the majority of the books that went out fall into this category