Trails and coastal tribulations

 

 

                So I went to the net to the Hippie Trail conference, “Touching the Sky”, in Cardiff back in October and it was a lot of fun, a bunch of 60-somethings and 70-somethings back on the Trail for a couple of days.

 Forty years on, the Trail was seen to have been a very special part of everyone’s life, giving time and headspace for a progress audit and in almost every case, bringing a course correction to wring more fulfilment from these three-score-years-and-ten and dictate the field on which life would be lived.

For my part, I subsequently got a spike in book sales out of it, so I’ll plug the book again: “Travelling for Beginners – to Kathmandu in ’72”, an e-book on www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com.

Travelling for Beginners, a tale of a minibus trip on the Hippy Trail in 1972, is now available as an ebook on Amazon.com

Travelling for Beginners, a tale of a minibus trip on the Hippy Trail in 1972, is now available as an ebook on Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And while you’re at it, check out the Trail novel, “Wander Year” by Carolyn Kingson.

 

Meanwhile, the East Anglian coast was  much battered by a tidal surge last week and at Cromer, the “Donuts” were  a touch less crisp than usual.

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 And down in Suffolk, you can if you’re quick read, in the current issue of Anglia Afloat, of the last commercial fisherman working off Sizewell beach. He reckons that when he packs up, no-one will follow because setting-up costs – and getting a return on them – preclude most newcomers these days.1a launching copy

And still on fishing, if you happen across a copy of Fishing News, you will learn a bit about the new inshore seas management regime driven by Europe and in particular, the Habitats Directive and Birds directive, which looks like progressively changing, ie restricting, the way coastal waters are fished. The broad thrust of the measures is to see whether those changes bring a greater flourishing of marine life but by the time that is apparent or otherwise, some fishermen will have had to resort to other work.

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