This morning I had a quick look just below the strand line at Margate, for those familiar with Margate I looked at the small black patches that consist mainly of small pieces of sea coal that form when the wind blows in off the sea. Not really much to look at but it is the hot spot for amber and small sticks of brown cordite in that area.
Without fail I managed to find a few small sticks of cordite. The origins of the cordite are from second world war munitions that have ended in the sea , even after all those years it is still highly flammable when lit with a match. It burns with a bright yellow flame and is incredibly smelly, however it is great to have fun with. I can recall many years ago we used to put a small piece in some of the other fisherman's cigarettes in Ship Inn at Margate as they left the packet on the bar to go to the toilet. The loaded cigarette was placed back in the packet and it was like a game of Russian roulette waiting for them to light the cigarette which would flare up.