Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Couple of old Ramsgate photos and some out and about snaps

Bit of trouble with my hypotenuse this evening I think, this lot of Ramsgate snaps seem even squiffer than usual. Anyway here is the link

I have decided it’s to do with the heat and expect the weather to break tomorrow as it’s my day off.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shop window dressing in Ramsgate

As a shop assistant there are moments when I can only aspire to that great shop assistant Mr Humphries whose mirror image John Inman would go shop-window dressing when he contracted skinttitis out on the boards.

So I have been following –  like a fourth doppelganger, he, his mirror image, a long line of Ramsgate shop-assistants and possibly the evolution of the arm, down the road of linking it all up.

In the world where most booksellers and a lot of other shop-assistants have looked at the internet an thrown in the towel I very much see the internet as an aid-de-camp, sorry I think I mean de livre.

So for some time now I have been putting photos of the books going out on the shelves in my bookshop on the internet every working day, see I have extended this activity into window dressing. 

So the plan now is that having priced the new secondhand books coming into the bookshop, photographed them, put the photographs online, I then take out the books I put into the window on the previous days trading and put the ones I have just processed init.

Joking apart, shops are an integral part of our communities and as now the internet has also become an integral part of local communities the way local shopping integrates with local internet is probably important in maintaining local communities.  

sorry about any errors will proof rude later 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Some Ramsgate Photos, a bit of sketching in Canterbury a hot day.

Went for a walk this morning in Ramsgate, as I have gone back to keeping a camera in my pocket I took some photos with it, the one above interested me more than usual, for anyone interested here is the link to the content of the camera card

 I went to Canterbury for the middle bit of the day and invigilated the rest of the family from Chocolate Cafe where I started a watercolour sketch. I think I like the idea of doing some sketches sitting in windows that are half of the inside and half of the outside.

Back to Ramsgate where I went for another walk around 5.30

Too hot a day to say much about the council's attitude to historic vessels as a Ramsgate tourist attraction   

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Old Thanet Pictures

 Click on the pictures a bit and they should expand, if you don't know where the pictures are of ask in the comments.

Oh and here is the link to the shipping off Margate this evening 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Vattenfall Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Any of you following the pre application stage of the Manston DCO will be familiar with how national infrastructure projects appear on the Planning Inspectorate website, so here is the link

Here is the link on the Vattenfall website I went to their event at Turner Contemporary in Margate today.

My main thoughts on the matter relate to discoveries since the Thanet Windfarm was built, the only relevant one being particulate pollution from their vessels using Ramsgate Harbour blowing across the town reducing life expectancy in Ramsgate.

This is all in the same bag as the diesel car scrappage scheme and the problems associated with a freight hub at Manston, but whereas the RiverOak plans for Manston would most likely result in the premature deaths of thousands of local people the Vattenfall plans would only burn a tiny fraction of the fuel, so even without mitigation the affects would be negligible.  

To put this in perspective RSP want to have more that 10,000 freight ground movements at Manston per year and as one ground movement burns 1 tonne of jet fuel this means they want to burn 10,000 tonnes per year, mostly upwind of Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

I would doubt that all of the Vattenfall activity would burn more than 10 of tonnes of Diesel in Ramsgate per year and this burning would be subject to filtration, however Vattenfall are aware of the problem and were responsive.

They are working on hybrid craft, which would plug into turbines as well as the grid supply in the harbour.

All in all plenty of good business for Ramsgate with an informed and environmentally conscious company.

Here is the link to the last lot of books to go out in the bookshop

And for those of you looking for something more esoteric here is the link to our Mind Body and Spirit books up to date for this week

Only a very few Margate photos today this is the link 


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Broadstairs evening walk photos and some thoughts about our relationship with seagulls

Photos of Broadstairs this evening, plenty of seagulls there, here are the links

The picture , Girl with Seagulls, Trouville, 1865 by Gudtave Corbet shows how our relationship with the seagull has changed over the years. I am pretty sure that it would be illegal to eat a seagull now, but then it does look as though dinner was the objective in the picture. 

Once again I have put up the photos on my camera card, not just the ones that came out well, there has been some comment about the photos on Facebook recently.

My intention with putting up these strips of snaps taken while walking about the area is so that people who can’t walk about Thanet for one reason or another can see what I saw. This isn’t supposed to be great photography, I don’t stop long to take the pictures, if I stop at all, so some are probably a fuzzy.

The camera is a 10 year old 5 mega pixel camera worth about £40 “Canon powershot s3 is” it’s what’s called a bridge camera. For this type of snapping while walking about I use it on fairly low definition with digital zoom turned on, this means that when you get to the end of optical zoom, i.e. when the lens moves, then the digital zoom goes on to take advantage of the full digital image definition. One of the big advantages of this camera is that it has good image stabilisation, which means that you can take zoom shots without very steady hands, the other is that it has a viewfinder that you can adjust to compensate for needing reading glasses.   

My guess would be that cameras have come a long way since this one was made, but I wouldn’t want to carry an expensive camera around in my jacket pocket .

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Ramsgate morning walk photos while waking up

Before waking up Ramsgate morning walk photos while waking up

while waking up realised camera was set on macro, not sure what the impact is not the flip invert above which we used to do by putting the negative in the enlarger upside-down and then mounting the photo upside down too

Monday, 12 June 2017

On Ramsgate Sands

A few pictures of Ramsgate Sands in Edwardian times. a busy day in the bookshop today here are the books that went away