Like Thanetonline I have received the same press release regarding the cancellation of the Monster Bass festival at Ramsgate, which I have copied in its original format and reads as follows.
"Ramsgate Town Council has found it unable to come to an agreement with the organiser of the Monster Bass this year on financial and logistical grounds.
The decision to terminate the negotiations with the Monster Bass organiser came about because of pressing time constraints.
Fortunately another local organiser has stepped into the breach to organise an alternative event, planned for the middle of September.
Ramsgate Town Council very much regrets the need to end its support for the Monster Bass this year and has offered instead to consider a revamped Monster Bass event for next year, if the resources are available.
Ramsgate Town Council has put £30,000 into the Ramsgate Events budget this year and has just received £30,000 from Thanet District Council making a grand total of £60,000. Even with such a modest budget, several successful events have already taken place, with others due to be staged within the coming months. All are on target financially and logistically and it is therefore unfortunate that the Monster Bass failed to surmount its difficulties. "
So it appears that the annual usual format of entertainment at Ramsgate will be temporary on hold and perhaps will reappear under a different name. It is not that I am opposed to such events, I think they are great. However, I am rather intrigued as to what the Monster Bass festival is all about and what it represents and what it is all about. Taking away the drinking, music, open air stalls and fireworks what exactly is Monster Bass ?
To be honest I am not to sure and a brief look at the Monster Bass website does give the impression that it is a new age resurrection of myths and legends of the Goodwin Sands , throwing in the ancient land of Lomea with a bit of spin. Myths and legends are a strange thing as it does give a licence to make anything up and wrap it up in a neat little package and present it as a form of culture, especially the subject of the sea , the coast and the new age theories.
So how sound is all of this, this in my view was put to the test in March this year when the Sperm Whale came ashore in Pegwell Bay. Considering in all ancient cultures including ours, a Whale stranding was considered a gift from the gods this was something special. So I was rather intrigued at the reaction of those with the new age knowledge and how they would react to such an event, as predicted absolutely nothing . However, I am impressed that the stranding did appear in a mural of the great wall of Ramsgate. Anyway, the Pegwell Bay Sperm Whale is featured on a channel four documentary Inside Natures Giants at 21:00 hrs on Sunday 7 th August.
Finally, getting back to superstitions, a Finnish sailor was treated with respect of born fear, since all Finns were supposed to be descendants and past masters in everything relating to wizardry and magic. It was believed that a Finn had the ability to avenge himself for any slight or injury and could have mysterious power over the elements. Thankfully for the locals in ancient times there are no records of Finnish shipwrecks on the Goodwins.