Swings and Roundabouts¬†#HastingsPier #seaside #beach #summer #May #concerts #cinema #funfair

This carousel (see photo) is particularly special, it has a new and permanent home on Hastings Pier, East Sussex, also known as the ‘1066‘ county, in England.
The original pier was built in 1872; it was the marvellous work of architect genius Eugenius (yes, real name) Birch using the screw-pile technique, an engineering feat of Victorian proportion. It has weathered many storms and given immeasurable joy to the town and to seaside visitors; pier promenading being a classic attraction.
In 2010 a fire destroyed many parts of the pier, but now after 6 years of strong community spirit and sheer determination, and a good deal of cash…donated by the townspeople and matched by the National Lottery Fund (no government grants were given)… the pier is back for the future in 21st century fashion offering a new kind of ‘fun’fair.
There is an open-air cinema, presenting the original films ‘Jaws‘ & ‘Star Wars‘ – perfect for out at sea and under the stars.

There is a sold-out ‘Madness‘ concert mid-May; if not booked on the pier you’ll be able to rock about on the beach and for miles around.

From 10am – 10pm you can eat, drink and be merry; ride, swing and relax; dance, dawdle and stroll. 

The People’s Pleasure Pier of Hastings 2016 awaits…roll up and roll on summer!
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Tune in to the story of Hastings and the television¬†#Hastings #television #history

Hastings in East Sussex, England has a long line of extraordinarily illustrious accomplishments and now I must ‘get on my high horse’ and add another ‘string to its bow’ by claiming it also as the birthplace of television.  

The glorious television (TV) has become a customary piece of household furniture and has allowed us access to the whole world, and to our favourite programmes – fiction, non fiction, semi fiction…so much to choose from and still you hear a voice shout, ‘there’s nothing on!’

Well for the television we must thank, Scottish-born engineer and innovator, John Logie Baird (14th August 1888 – 14th June 1946).  

In the year 1923 he was unwell, and a dose of sea-air was prescribed. He rented a workshop in the new district of Hastings and from here he built the world’s first television set. He used a series of miscellaneous items including a tea chest, old hat box, darning needles, sealing wax, scissors and bicycle light lenses. Amazing what can be achieved when you are sick and bored indoors – perhaps this is exactly what got him started; a television to heal boredom and sickness.

In March 1925 his first public demonstration of moving silhouette images was delivered to a captivated audience in Selfridges department store, London.

From William the Conqueror to John the Television Inventor… 

I am ‘over the moon’ in saying this was ‘one giant leap for mankind‘ (!)