The Brassey Institute, a library lives on… #Brassey #library #Victorians #history #books #culture #Hastings #art

This fine, extensively and carefully restored Victorian building, The Brassey Institute (see photo) is the Hastings local library and has just newly re-opened. It stands in the Bohemian quarter of Hastings, in the so-called area, America Ground, 5 minutes from the award-winning new Hastings Pier, beside record and music stores – Hastings loves its music scene too.

It was designed as a multi-purpose building (built 1878-81) for Thomas Brassey, a hugely wealthy railways man. As well as accommodation and private suites for himself, there was a Lecture Hall, Library, Museum and a School Of Art and Science.

In 1888 Mr Brassey presented the building to the town of Hastings.

Today, in 2018, 130 extraordinary years later, the Brassey Institute is a 21st century clean, interactive Library and has just accepted my first book,

‘The Case Of Aleister Stratton’ by K.G.V. Barnwell onto its beaming shelves.

Once again Hastings has battled to preserve its heritage and I am proud to be a part of its literature section and to entertain and enthral the next keen readers who come through its doors.

The mosaics above the entrance hall depict The Battle Of Hastings and the iron gates at the front are purportedly from St Paul’s Cathedral. There is history and culture all around. This library, from the history books, now lives on…

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Women of the World #women #world #India #life #experience #adventure #english

India has an incalculable number of personalities; it is a vast, self sufficient continent and the enormity of all its offerings can be overwhelming.

Each state has its own dialect, then they converse in the united language of Hindi; on the world stage and amongst travellers the tongue is, most thankfully, English

And so I find myself, in the depths of Goa’s abundance and spiritual wealth, one friend, one ‘Woman of The World.’  I think of her now (see photo) as I return home to Britain and remember clearly her perfect English, her smile and her story. 

Her name is Natasha, dressed in a purple patterned sari, with bangles and necklace. She was married at 15, it was an arranged custom. She has 4 children: 3 girls and one boy, her eldest is 20. She loves her family, and does not wish her daughter to be married at such a young age. She wants her to study, to learn about life and to experience her youth.

Natasha is from ‘out-of-state’ and has a shop in the Goan market selling many Indian items.

I may never see her again, she shared some of her life with me, as I did with her. It was a brief yet significant encounter. We could well have been the same age, with greatly contrasting lives, but we are both ‘Women of The World’ and subjects of our country.

Travel is more than just a sun-bed and a sun-seeking attitude, it is an explosion of new and wonderful personal adventures…mind, body and soul

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Welcome to the family

Ah the Italians – so friendly, so charming, so hospitable. In Sicily (la Bella Sicilia) it is home to a much bigger Family, here you will find some big, scary ‘grande’ godfathers. Slick, sophisticated, subtle, serene & sun-bronzed.

The Godfather (Il Padrino) movie was filmed on parts of the East Coast & the capital Palermo and the stories & tales of the notorious ‘families’ are as real as ever.

Watch your back – you never saw or heard anything or anyone – remember that – or, of course, if you’re ‘in’ with the crowd, well then, “Welcome to the family!”