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Margate – Dreamland, Wall of Death and Turner’s paintbox

  Visit to the seaside and Turner Contemporary to see Grayson Perry again, distracted by JMW Turner‘s paintbox crammed with everything an artist might need including a spot of morphia to treat a pesky stomach ache.  As I had one at … Continue reading

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Blessing of the Sea ceremony, Margate, Kent

The friendly warmth of St Michael the Archangel’s church in Margate was very welcome – a harsh winter wind was blowing outside.  I’d associated Maidstone with Turner and Travey Emin and seaside walks, and didn’t know anything about the strong Greek … Continue reading

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Blue notes

My first memory of the sea was more of a sparkle than a colour.  Apparently my mother swam all the year round in the benign waters of the Devon coast –  our garden sloped down to one of its red … Continue reading

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Duck Racing

Never completely successful at horse-racing, I decided to have a go with Ducks.  As everyone knows, Lyme Regis became famous for its Duck Races after Conger Coddling (involving a frozen dead eel – don’t ask) was banned.  Apparently Duck Racing, … Continue reading

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Castle life

A friend asked me to visit her.  She lives in one of the 16 or so apartments at Bamburgh Castle, on the north-east coast of England.  “Always take a hot water bottle when staying in a castle,” I’d been advised by another … Continue reading

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