Saturday, 29 October 2016

Four old postcards of Ramsgate, a bit of sketching in Canterbury and some thoughts on armed police, well a bit of a ramble

Not particularly good postcards these but I am doing the good the bad and the ugly, so these fall into the not too bad unless you expand them bracket.

My plan today was to do another watercolour sketch of the inside of Canterbury Cathedral, however I got confused in amongst the tracery and gave up.

Off to Chocolate Café and a recovery pen sketch

Followed by this one which is the start of a view of the cathedral through the window and so far I am fairly pleased with the way it’s going.

I have been meandering in and out of the cathedral since the 1960s and as far as I remember in the 60s and 70s, outside of service hours it was pretty much deserted, whereas nowadays the number of tourists makes the background noise level such that I often resort so earplugs if I am sketching in there.

What hadn’t occurred to me is that it is a target in this modern world and we seem to have gone from hardly ever seen the police there to police armed with automatic weapons and pistols.

I am still not sure how I feel about this one, it takes a bit of getting used to, I can see the repost to any query being. “Would you prefer inadequately armed police?” I wonder what other people think about this one.

There is a certain irony in looking at the books that went out in my bookshop today and seeing the catalogue of a Ramsgate gunsmith has sold again, see

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