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Shoreham 2007

Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 19th October 2013


WOW – what a find. I’ve had an interest in Jet for a long time and am kicking myself that I didn’t scoop it up thirty or forty years ago when it was so cheap because it wasn’t fashionable and no one wanted it – now you’ll pay a small fortune for a small piece – RARITY of course. Jet is similar in formation to coal but it was formed from an ancestor of the Monkey Puzzle Tree – found in Whitby, a part of Spain and a few other hotspots around the world.

Whitby is a photographer’s delight from the ruins of Whitby Abbey and its association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to the weird little church of St. Mary and down to the picturesque harbour.

As you come out of the Abbey and are led (inevitably) through the gift shop, there’s an impressive display of some of the stonework saved from the Abbey. And there we met the delightful Josh Turner - a very personable young man sporting a waxed moustache from a bygone age and an absolute expert on Jet – he used to be a jet worker. Had a fascinating conversation with him and held a rather large piece of Jet though miniscule compared with the photograph we saw in the little café at which we lunched.

Hammonds exhibits a photo of a huge piece of Jet – almost a whole tree which sadly got broken whilst on display but there’s still a sizeable chunk hanging on the wall up to the Café/Tea Room. I had a Crab sandwich which was heavenly – not cheap but absolutely stuffed with fresh crab the like of which I’ve only tasted once before and that was at a pub in Truro.

Also visited the little church of St. Mary which has a fascinating and unusual interior. The class system existed very markedly even in the house of God with pews allocated to strangers and the places where the hoi-poloi sat and where the rich worshipped their God. The most fascinating element to me was the three tiered Pulpit and its huge appurtenances on the side which turned out to be the ‘listening trumpets’ by which the Vicar’s wife was able to hear her husband’s homily.


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