Wednesday, 14 November 2018
This is the link to here facebook
As is often the case most of the photos are published directly to my website
This is the link to the photos I took at lunchtime
More pictures at the exhibition, some seagulls and stuff
Next the historic ones
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
We have finally managed to get the 1946 St Laurence booklet into print, I blogged about it around a month ago and then we had technical issues, don’t ask.
Anyway it is out in the bookshop at £1.99 but not yet on our website with a buy it now button, I aim to get it there eventually. It will be post free when I do.
The next bit of the post is from Illustrated London News for 1870, we have the first 6 months in stock and one of the customers browsing it pointed out this Ramsgate article which I snapped for the blog
I think it is just about readable if you click on it and expand it. Apparently it wasn't so there you go
We are working on a book of early victorian Ramsgate prints at the moment and I hadn't seen this one of Christ Church before and I thought I had seen a the Rock and Co ones.
I did pop out and take a few Ramsgate photos today
here is the link
boys and their toys
I mean to say
chopped the top of the lighthouse trying to shoot the bird, but not in a die way. Not really but I am seriously having trouble getting my horizons straight after the camera change.
On to work today and the books we put out
Here is the link to them
Monday, 12 November 2018
Although not nylon first place to have the Baby and Big Baby Taylor
Link to photos of shop
From my point of view as a shopkeeper I still really don't understand why there are still quite a few guitar shops trading. The other shops that really interest me, artist's materials, tools, cameras and bookshops are much more depleted.
Still shopping in Canterbury, there is an Independent Magazine Popup just opened
Link to photos of the shop
Link to photos of books
that is the ones we put out today.
Here is the link to the photos
Sunday, 11 November 2018
Here in Ramsgate I think people felt they had suffered particularly badly during WW1, it's fairly complicated and so long ago, we do produce several books about Ramsgate in WW1 and to honest I think one of the best starting points is to come into the bookshop and have a good old browse of them.
text from the period
"The inhabitants of Ramsgate, who had suffered so severely through the German raiders, had the satisfaction after the Armistice was signed of seeing one of the U-Boats brought into the Harbour.
A German Submarine Souvenir.
Ramsgate drifters, which have guarded the Channel and cleared it of mines during the war, have many remarkable feats to their credit. On one occasion they destroyed U-B 48, a gigantic mine-laying submarine, which was rounded up on the Goodwin Sands and blown to pieces. One gun was saved and brought to Ramsgate, where it is mounted as a souvenir on the West Cliff."
Here is the link to the most popular of our WW1 books, the page includes a reasonably large sample of text and pictures from the book.
this is the link
Canterbury today this is the link to the general photos
This is the link to the Chaucer Bookshop photos
Saturday, 10 November 2018
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The juxture position, contrast, wosisname between The Margate Coffee Shed and the Loop bus from Ramsgate worries me.
I deliberately use the bus to Margate instead of taking the car at least every 6 months, I don’t usually use the bus because if I do it means that I can’t buy books for my bookshop and I figure that the books getting reused is better for the environment.
The newish exhibitions at Turner Contemporary, there is a sense here where I don't know what to say about them.
I guess the acid test is partly did it inspire me to paint, I painted over my lunch, viewed the exhibitions, subsequently went fort a cuppa in the shed and painted again. And I don't think that it did. Would I travel up to London to see it? No. Is it worth going over to Margate from Ramsgate to see it?
Part of the issue with Turner Contemporary art gallery is that the majority of the funding comes from local taxation, in this case , if you live in Kent your council tax.
There is really nothing for those people who don't enjoy this type of art, no JWM Turner paintings, No Rodin's Kiss, no Webb of Margate .
Of course I guess it depends on the particular sort of taste of the people who pay the most taxes, I was reminded of the other day in the clothes shop with my teenage daughters, I had the money and there was nothing for me to sit on, nothing that I was interested in and eventually I just went.
Will I go back for another look, probably not, in other words I probably won't go to Margate until January when the next exhibition starts. This is the link to the pictures of inside the gallery
I went to both bookshops Hooked On Books in the High Street, this is a good medium sized, around 50 bookcases, general secondhand bookshop. The Old Bank Bookshop which is a charity bookshop in aid of the hospices,
These photos are of the inside of Hooked on Book which gives you some idea of what the shop is like. This is the link to them
The Old Bank Bookshop has suffered from most of the upstairs having its bookshelves removed which is now used for displaying pictures for sale.
Sorry if this post is a bit disjointed but I am writing it on the bus back from Margate, which is a bit bumpy and very full.
I very seldom used the bus, but I do go out of my way use it occasionally as I am interested in the way Thanet connects up. I suppose if I wasn't then I wouldn't still be in business.
The riddle is a man and his son are in a car crash, the father is killed and when the son arrives on the operating table the surgeon says. “I can't do the operation because this is my son.”
So the question is. Who is the surgeon?
Answers from people who haven't heard it before, please.
Just to round things off, phone pictures paining from Margate Coffee Shed over cheese and tom sarni and cuppa
Friday, 9 November 2018
Should have take a DSLR but did my best, here is the link photos go on to some I too on the walk back
Emptying my pockets shows the equipment for photos blogging and sketch
The sketch didn't get very far