Archive for September, 2013

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

                Every picture tells a story and the pictures of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists tell – as you might expect – tales of watery East Anglia. Here are people with the necessary inherent love of their subjects – the coast, the rivers, the estuaries, the saltings – some of them boaters, all of them with years of looking and painting and taking home what they see to sell to others. And they all do it very well. Check them out in the September/October issue of Anglia Afloat.

                In the same issue, you will find a short piece on Slaughden, the erstwhile – sailing era – port for Aldeburgh in Suffolk where Sir Francis Drake’s ship, Pelican, later renamed Golden Hind, was built. The 18th/19th century poet, George Crabbe, worked there as a teenager in his father’s warehouse before moving away to become in turn a surgeon and then, more successfully, a vicar, not perhaps a natural career progression but then if you’re not well equipped to cure them, you might as well be equipped to bury them.

                Still on watery matters, you will find in this month’s Suffolk/Norfolk Life a sketch of the River Stour which forms most of the border between Suffolk and Essex and where, back in May, the River Stour Trust re-launched the restored Stour lighter, John Constable, with Trust vice-president Cliff Rhys Jones officiating.

                And back on the Suffolk coast, if you chance upon a copy of next week’s Fishing News, the fishing industry weekly, you will see a piece on the last commercial fishing boat working from Sizewell beach –  the last because when he packs up in a few years, no newcomer needing premises as well a boat and gear will be able to fund a six-figure start-up cost with the returns to be had.  But that’s longshore  fishing  these days.

                Meanwhile, George returns from Australia tonight for a mere four nights and three days  before heading off to start an engineering degree at Durham.  He’s had a bit of practical already, doing relining work in the mines of Western Australia but one high point of the trip is illustrated by the attached picture showing  him scoring maximum points for altitude at Ingham rodeo, North Queensland, on the 14th of September.

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And then,  in just over a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading to Cardiff to give a presentation at a conference:  Touching the Sky: The Hippie Trail and Other Forms of Alternative Tourism, where I’ll show a few pictures to tell how it was for early long-haul tourists on the Trail back in ’72. If you want the full story, check out Travelling for Beginners on Amazon. Travelling for Beginners is available as an ebook on