Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Ancient Order of Froth Blowers


I had a nice little touch at Auction today and I am now a proud owner of a pair of ceremonial cufflinks of the Ancient Orders of Froth Blowers. The cufflinks came with the Membership ‘Book of Ritual’ as part of the life membership to the A.O.F.B. and were to be worn ‘on all occasions of festivity, or thirst’
The wearing of cufflinks when attending a Vat meeting or ceremonial occasion was checked by ‘shooting the linen’ – standing and thrusting the arms forward so that shirt cuffs were ‘shot forwards’ from jacket sleeves exposing them. Failure to wear the cufflinks could result in a forfeit or monetary fine. Forfeits included having to buy ‘drinks all round’ or telephoning a random number and singing the Froths Blowers Anthem.
So who are the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers ?
A quick search on google soon revealed all, it appears the AOFB existed in the 1920's and sort of disappeared in the 1930's. However in that short space of time they did manage to be remembered in the annals of pub history and I have found a quote from the handbook that more or less sums it all up.
A sociable and law abiding fraternity of absorbitive Britons who sedately consume and quietly enjoy with commendable regularity and frequention the truly British malted beverage as did their forbears and as Brittons ever will, and be damned to all pussyfoot hornswogglers from overseas and including low brows, teetotalers and MP`s and not excluding nosey parkers, mock religious busy bodies and suburban fool hens all of which are structurally solid bone from the chin up”

Monday, 14 June 2010

Rendevous club classic

This song by the Andrews Sisters is another Mick T classic from the Dreamland Rendezvous club days, a record which he would sort of slip in. Even though it is not even a pop record, in fact it is dated 1941 it does have have this charm about it when played in a packed dance hall.

For years I didn't know who sang it, how old it is or much about it until; I found it on youtube. But I do like it.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Fannit dance steps - Tiger Feet

As a teenager living in Margate in the Seventies, one venue I found really cool was the Dreamland Rendezvous club, especially when Mick T was the DJ. He could really judge the mood and the dance floor at times was electric. Tiger Feet was one of his aces, I know it looks a bit like line dancing but with around 200 people bopping to this it was a site to see.

Fannit come dancing

Following on from Johnny Reggae, fannit come dancin in the seventies. A fine example of how to dance to Trojan reggae at the Rendevous Club, Dreamland in the early seventies. I reckon even today I could give the skinhead girl a good run for her money, dancing that is.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Fannit tunes from the seventies

Johnny Reggae a good old skool fannit sing a long tune from the seventies. As for Johnny Reggae, well he made his fame and fortune and settled down in Ramsgate where he became a blogger last known to be livin in the Eastcliff area of Ramsgate. Can't say exactly where might get sued.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Walk about


Today was an ideal day for a "walk about" at the top of the mid day sun just following the strandline from North Foreland to Foreness Point. The most noticeable observation being the build up of mussel shells and the fragments of other shells on the strandline.
The chances of finding Amber, sea coal and everything associated with winter is now very remote as the strandline is soon to be dominated with sea shells, cuttle fish bones, sea weed and rubbish left by the beach visitors leaving very little to write about or collect.
So today I made a point of returning two diving weights to Kent Scuba in Northdown Road, these were the weights I found in the Walpole Bay tidal pool during the spring drainage. The weights had been lost in the pool for a number of years until I found them and I think they were a bit surprised to get them back. Which does prove a point that nothing is lost in the sea forever.
The photograph of the last remains of the Jetty, which was finally demolished in 1998 was sent to me by Charles Bates and it is one of the best I have seen. Before the demolition of the Jetty I was fortunate enough as a member of the TDC, to get a copy of the surveyors report and drawings this also included an underwater video of the sea bed and of the Jetty remains below the waterline which was very interesting. Like most things I have owned, I donated the information on the Jetty including the tape to the Margate Museum for public use. Which is now unfortunately closed.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Mud stones and bleached bones


With summer finally settling in , beachcombing enters into another phase. With the absence of the big tides and the storms we associate with winter there is very little to find as the summer weed appears on the the strand line. So what is there look for or to collect ?
Well this time of the year I head for four places, being Sandwhich Bay, Pegwell Bay, Kingsgate & Minnis bay. My objective is to find items that are affected by the bleaching effect of the sun as the sand dries in the intensity of the midday summer sun.
I have found that even though the summer sun has a devastating effect on some items found on the beach other items do benefit. For example the lumps of mud and clay I call mud stones which have been shaped by the tide and bored by worm. They normally come in on the late winter storms and are left high and dry above the strand line only to be baked by the sun. During the summer months they are baked as hard as stone and the shapes are almost art like, however when they become moist they crumble.
Then there is bone which during the summer months become very dry and hard and has a porcelain ring about it when dropped. The ageing effect and the weathered appearance makes sun bleached bone found in the dry sand or on shingle ideal for scrimshaw, but unfortunately I am not that artistic enough to be creative with it, so I keep it as found.
Overall, the bleaching effect of the sun does seen to have a metamorphosis effect on may items found in the dry sand or on shingle above the strandline which in most cases almost loooks like a art form, which is well worth collecting and it is free.