Stormy Margate

Stormy Margate

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Margate Historical event this Saturday 22nd November


I have joined this event and I have now found a home to display my finds from the Margate area. For the first event I will be displaying all my finds found during the sea defence works in early 2012 including the photographs I took.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Thanet coastlife in Cuba part 2 - more fossilized coral.

Following on from the previous posting, I have put together a series of photographs to act as a guide for anyone visiting this part of Cuba. Also for those who are interested in the subject of fossilized coral.
The photographs were taken September 2014 on the beach opposite the Sol Rio de Luna y Mares  Playa Esmeralda , Guardalavaca , Holguin province , Cuba. I suggest anyone visiting this hotel to bring a snorkel you will not be disappointed as everything is in shallow water and safe.


The patch of rock lies directly opposite "la Pinta " beach restaurant and as is terraced forming a number of reefs under the water.


It is not very deep and this guy is snorkeling in about a meter and a half of water. The sea bed is a mass of fossilized coral and living coral. Sea shells, fish and sea urchins are abundant.


 Above is a example of the fossilized coral found snorkeling. This haul took around five minutes to gather together.



Just as much can be found on the foreshore like these large pieces of fossilized coral that can be found ashore below the strand line between the rocky area and the sand.



One of the many larger pieces found ashore.


Examples of selected pieces found snorkeling. 



Examples of sea shells found on the strand line and on the fossilized reefs. I kept it simple by keeping one of each species and colour to take home. I must mention that none of these were difficult to find and there are plenty of them.



A Tiger Lucine sea shell , there are many of these to be found in the water and I kept just this one.


I like this piece as it does resemble Pasta, so I now own a piece of fossilized Pasta.I only took a four small examples of fossilized coral out of Cuba and photographed the rest.  I do know that fragments of fossilized corals are exempt from international convention so I was in the clear. Plus previous experience with Cuban authorities is don't get greedy and you will be alright. 



Sunday, 5 October 2014

Thanet coastlife in Cuba.

Recently I spent two weeks holiday in Cuba and as usual I took the opportunity to completely map out the area of the coast where I am staying. The intention being to build up a small collection and just to log where items can be found and seen out of interest. The part of Cuba where I was staying was on the Atlantic coast in Holguin province at a hotel called Sol Rio de Luna y Mares situated  in Guardaclavaca.
The area of beach opposite the hotel is well publicized on youtube and all contributors have covered everything very well. So what are the main features and what can be found and seen ?
I suppose the most outstanding feature has to be the fossilized coral that is unmissable. To the left of the hotel beach there is a small headland of which I had attached as a photograph, plus it can also be seen clearly seen on youtube. This headland consists entirely of fossilized coral like the cliff behind it. Both the cliff and headland have many interesting formations of which I have photographed below for reference.



Above, the headland as seen to the left of the Hotel Mares.



The cliff face as seen facing the head land.


Fossilized coral formations as from ground level.


Above and below more coral formations at ground level.





Lumps of fossilized coral pushed up against the cliff by the tide.


A view from the headland looking back at the hotel.


Above and below close up view of the fossilized corals.


Below, further in from the waters edge many lumps of fossilized brain coral are be found. This was the largest piece I came across and used my shoe to give so idea of scale.

Friday, 5 September 2014

A message in a bottle


Found yesterday in Pegwell Bay Ramsgate (4/9/14). A message in a bottle cast adrift from the Cunard cruiser " Queen Victoria " in the North Sea on the 23rd August 2014. I have made contact with the person who cast the bottle adrift informing him that it took 12 days for his bottle to reach shore.
I found the bottle when looking for sea coal something I have been doing over the past few weeks around the Thanet coastline. The origin of the sea coal is unclear and I really have to put it down to flotsam and jetsam either from spillage or shipwreck. Below I have photographed some of the different grades I have picked up. Left is sub bituminous, middle six pieces are bituminous and on the right a piece of canal coal. Also I have picked up another lump of coal weighing over 14 kilo , the origin I believe is from a shipwreck.


Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Droit House Dream Land exhibition at the Droit House Margate Harbour.


I am always interested in the new history projects that arise from Margate and the Dream Land exhibition at the Droit House was not a dissapointment. Not to be confused with Dreamland amusement park the film show is excellent and covers Margate's sea side history as a holiday resort as told through local  peoples memories with old and recent footage. The exhibition is open today and tomorrow Sunday 31st August until Monday the 1st September closes at 17:00 hrs.

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Manston airport debate and a false accusation.

On July 30th a motion was put to Ramsgate Town Council regarding night flights at Manston airport should the airport ever reopen. The issue was debated in public and a vote was taken that Ramsgate Town council is opposed to night flights. The majority voted in favour including myself. I voted for the motion because I felt this is acting in the best interest of the people I represent in Central Harbour Ward. Also I must add that I was elected on a no night flight ticket so my vote was never in question.
I do have personal views on Manston and I believe Manston it is a failed commercial airport. However because it is important infrastructure that does have a part to play in the economy of the area I support the idea that every avenue should be explored to try and reopen it as a small viable commercial airport. As it stands this is going to be difficult task for all involved.
When Manston closed it was because of commercial failure and had nothing to do with opposition to night flights and I will continue to support the no night flight campaign. So it is a case of Manston Yes, Night flights No but being a realist the future of the airport does look bleak unless huge investment can be found.
I am quite open where I stand and even read and contribute to the Save Manston Group facebook page following the debate. As far as the debate goes everyone has a contribution to make whether they support a 24/7 cargo hub, completely against, no night flight or whatever and the good thing about this it is non political something that is rare for Thanet.
There does seem to be a downside to this open debate, being that there are elements of the Save Manston Group that have completely gone against the rules of civilised open debate. I have had a false accusation against me published on their facebook page. I have been accused of voting for no night flights because I want Manston to close because the company I own has a demolition contract to demolish and recycle Manston , also it goes on to say  I stole the contract off Downfast. This is ridiculous because I do not own a demolition company. The  author of the remark thinks I have something to do with Ovenden demolition which is untrue. Others in the group immediately picked up on this and jumped on the bandwagon. Surprisingly the posting was allowed to stand and even after I posted a disclaimer that attracted even more sarcastic comments. Obviously I have complained and received and apology from the group leaders. However I have looked deeper into the Save Manston Action Group facebook page, printing off pages of comments . I have found  there are personal attacks on individuals that are appalling and one that really stands out is a slur on Thanet District Council.
Following the last full council a posting was published on their page that was factual, honest and praising  the progress made with Thanet District Council. However on a following posting someone posted a road sign , on it was the word "corruption" and the caption "TDC" and this was allowed to stand. Now what sort of message does that send out to an outsider viewing the page for the first time.
I am not the first  to face this treatment from SMA commentators. I have received emails and communication from others that have been subject to hostile and intimidating abuse of which they are innocent.
For a group that supposed to be at the heart of the debate is going to find itself on the fringes if the thuggish mob rule element is not weeded out.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The sea weed problem and coastal changes in photographs.


I have been sorting through some of the 3,500 images I have on disc for an exhibition on coastal changes by the North East Kent European marine sites project. I am not sure if they would use any of them but I am sorting out a few anyway and the choice is theirs.
I came across this one of Palm Bay Cliftonville taken by Margate photographer George Philip Hoare in 1914. What I find interesting is the amount of sea weed ashore something that is unusual in any Cliftonville photograph during that era as everything was always kept to a certain standard.


Another George Hoare photograph of the cliffs at Clifftonville I suspect this one was taken from the Fort Steps before the Winter Gardens was built and the lower promenade that was in filled with the chalk dug out from the Winter Gardens construction.



I not sure if I have put this one up before, Botany Bay Broadstairs un dated. Provides a good record of cliff erosion when compared to a current day photograph of the area.