Here in the Ramsgate book business I have had more than the usual amount of time off recently, Easter has run into the royal wedding and will run on into the May day bank holiday.
The first batch of pictures date from Wednesday I think, nothing much of note apart from the drummer and the piano accordionist playing while walking along Harbour Parade, see http://www.thanetonline.com/laptop411/
Day off on Thursday and we had to go to Margate on book business, refreshments at the Turner Contemporary.
I see this gallery as a challenge, something that we have to learn here in Thanet, much in the same way as we learnt how to deal with the people who came here for the cure in the 1700s, the bathing machines in the 1800s and the amusements in the 1900s.
I don’t think standing back and saying I don’t understand contemporary art and the people who come here to look at is enough, we have to learn to understand and profit from this new and different approach.
Also we have to not be totally awed by the whole thing and not notice the problems as though we were devoid of the necessity to experience what our visitors experience.
I parked on the harbour arm, expensive, but probably something visitors would do, the parking machine there didn’t work properly, I put £4 in for four hours parking and it only allowed me two and a half hours.
The lift in the gallery was out of order, perhaps 100 locals got in it, it says maximum load 7500 kg or 100 persons, I think they are being rather optimistic if they think the average person weighs 75 kg here in Thanet.
The inevitable photographs are here http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/laptopturner/id4.htm
I had a pot of tea in the café at the gallery when I arrived £1.20 very good WiFi too all in all aver useful base to do Margate from.
Pictures of food at the end of this page http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/laptopturner/id5.htm
We went for a pizza in Broadstairs on Friday at Osteria Posillipo Pizzeria, the pizzas are excellent there and the children debated if the best ice cream in the world came from there or Morellis.
This is a very good place to eat out if you have young children, pictures at http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/netbok411/id20.htm