Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sunday morning in Stanmer Park

Stanmer Park, nestling to the North of Brighton next to the Sussex University campus, sits in the South Downs National Park. It gets a bit more human attention than most of the rest of the South Downs, but it's not manicured. I think of it as Brighton's Hampstead Heath.

There are vast open spaces but on a breezy bright but cool Spring day, still recovering from a bout of flu, the woods take the edge off the breeze while still allowing the sun to add some extra warmth.

We were not expecting to find a rusting burned out abandoned car

So many man made shelters
  A lot of Bushcraft being practiced in these parts!

And this time of year an awful lot of bluebells.

Extensive antler like roots from an upended tree



Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Two hours in Dunkirk

This may suddenly appear to be a little random but about this time of year two years ago I was in Dunkirk for a couple of hours, killing time before the ferry. We went to the beach hugging suburb of Malo les Bains and enjoyed the fading fin-de-siecle charm. In the distance was the port of Dunkirk and the waiting ferry for our journey home.

I have just got around to processing them and the images are now at home in a new Nord-Pas-de-Calais page for France within my photo library.
 
The beach - Malo les Bains

Architecture - Malo les Bains
Architecture - Malo les Bains
Lifeguard station - Malo les Bains
Ferry in Dunkirk port
Sun setting over Dunkirk port

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Lewes Bonfire Night 2015

Lewes, East Sussex, UK - 5 November 2015....

With over 4000 people in costume in processions and 26,000 flaming torches, the Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations brought tens of thousands of visitors into the town despite the continual rain. As the Lewes Bonfire Council states on its website "All persons should carefully note that attendance at Lewes on Bonfire Night will constitute volenti non fit injuria, that is to say you will be deemed to have accepted any risk of injury or damage whatsoever, and no claim in respect thereof will lie against the organisers."

I have seen estimates that 80,000 people might attend, but that would have been the case if the weather was dry. As it was the streets were still packed. All the participants in their often elaborate and heavy costumes marching for hours in all this rain must have been soaked through and really rather cold because although the temperatures were high for November, there was a stiff breeze.

I think the infamous David Cameron & Pig effigy must have come out later - we retired to the warm John Harvey pub to dry off and enjoy a pint or two yards from where it was brewed before getting a train back to Brighton ahead of the worst of the crowds.














More Lewes Bonfire Night photos from this and other years at the link.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Together the People - a new music festival for Brighton

It seems that I have been attending a lot of music festivals this year. Together the People is a new festival situated centrally in Brighton and with a Saturday line-up that included Billy Bragg, The Levellers and Super Furry Animals there was a combination of the left, local and eclectic that should fit well into this city and also my earlobes. But there was also the promise of lots of new music too, with young bands on three alternative stages, including one promoting the local music college - BIMM.

All the photos have been added to my Brighton live music gallery.

I bought weekend tickets on the strength of the first wave of artist announcements. Then Jose Gonzalez and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were added to the bill - perhaps 'safer' sounds to bring in the extra crowds. When the days were allocated, Billy Bragg, The Levellers and Super Furry Animals were the Saturday lineup with the newcomers on the Sunday. Despite it being the sunnier day, the Sunday attendance was noticeably down on Saturdays, perhaps a pointer to the promoters One Inch Badge that you can be too safe in this city! 

Anyway, we had a great couple of days, each time getting home on buses to comfortable beds within half an hour of the festival closing. I took a few minutes out to get photos of the music makers and and a few of the people (together), in no particular order....

Bess Atwell on the excellent Folklore stage
Billy Bragg - plenty of topical material to air his views and influence his choice of song
Brakes headlined the Second Stage
Carnival Collective opened the event on Saturday on the main stage.
Glass City Vice on the Second Stage
Please can you take our photo? On their camera - but I got one of my own too.
Cash is all you need
With under 12s free and entertainment laid on there were loads of local families, many no doubt rolling out of the smart local Preston Park houses
There was a substantial funfair too
Our local Green MP Caroline Lucas on the main stage saying her bit. She was savvy enough to keep it short.
Horrible Histories Live - entertainment for the kids
Lots of good humour in the audience
Even the security staff were smiling
Siesta in the sun
Impromptu entertainment from the food stalls
On Sunday a live performance of Cat in the Hat - I assume the kids are on on the mat in front of the audience
Live street art - very possibly entitled "Together the People"
Verity Sessions - the first act on the BIMM stage
Dizraeli and the Small Gods
Fly Golden Eagle - and a ear plugs notice
George Ogilvie on the Folklore stage
Ghostpoet - an enjoyable mid afternoon set on the main stage
Jose Gonzalez - by the time he was on as headliner on Sunday on the main stage, temperatures were falling. Since, just to confuse us, he's from Sweden, he was probably in his element.
Kudu Blue on the Second Stage
Lucy Rose on the Sunday main stage
Another Lucy, Spraggan this time, on the Saturday main stage. Together the Lucy's was never to be.
Luke Sital Singh was a pleasure to listen to headlining the second stage on Sunday
Luke Sital Singh
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Mindofalion on the BIMM stage at Together the People Festival 2015
Mindofalion
MOK opened the second stage
Neon Saints Brass Band on the main stage - putting in great energy but too early for the crowds
Neon Saints Brass Band - playing Brighton Komedia on October 9th when I am sure they will get a better audience!
Normanton Street on the Second Stage
Public Service Broadcasting signing albums at the Resident Records stall. Loads of lovely vinyl!
Public Service Broadcasting on the main stage
Roots Manuva - on at 3pm Sunday, a bit earlier than I expected, but well received
The germ free super Super Furry Animals, headlining on Saturday.
The Levellers played to a very appreciative home crowd
Didgeridoo meets The Levellers
The Xcerts pulled a big crowd to the Second Stage
Thyla on the BIMM stage
The excellent Written in Waters on the BIMM stage
Yonaka on the second stage