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Shoreham Discussion / Fly the flag
« on: April 27, 2019, 08:55:41 am »
Although not normally a 'Disgusted from Tunbridge Wells', I tend to get irritated by the sight of our Union Flag being flown upside down. Apart from being a sign of distress it is also a sign of ignorance .
Several times I have noticed winners of international competitions proudly holding high a backing union flag ..UPSIDE DOWN !
And during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations I was reduced to  near apoplexy .... and have even seen it proudly carried inverted by a British Legion contngent at a memorial parade.
Please,if we like to fly our nations flag,do it correctly, otherwise it displays ignorance to any knowledgeable foreigners !
Passing St Marys Church yesterday I noticed something on its flagpole.....I could only assume that it was a Saint George flag flown at half staff in memory of the past Saint George Day plus the Sri Lanka tradedgy.

Shoreham Discussion / Shoreham Cinemas in the early days
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:54:09 am »
The cinemas in Shoreham that I can remember was the 'Norfolk', later named the 'Ritz' and the 'Coliseum' then often referred to as 'the flea pit' does anyone know if there were others?
The photo is of the Portlade Cinema ( Kinema ?) that was attended by my Uncles and Aunts for a Childrens Saturday matinee

Shoreham Discussion / Who had my railings ?
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:45:16 pm »
If you have a walk around Shoreham the more observant would notice that on the tops of some of the old flint walls there are stubs of steel railings embedded in them.....who would have been going around steeling them ?

Shoreham Discussion / Harvest Festival
« on: September 30, 2018, 07:55:43 pm »
The Shoreham Churches held their Harvest Festivals today ( The Sunday nearest the full moon of the Autumn Eqinox ) Gone are the days when fresh produce from the worshippers gardens were piled up at the Altar,these days its more practical to have a display of tinned beans and general groceries that will end up bound for the nearest food bank.
The festival, that has been with us since Pagan times, is meant to give thanks for a successful harvest  I don't know how other Gardeners have fared this year but I certainly won't be  thanking the good Lord for his help this year !

 Firstly New Potatoes the size of peanuts.Runner Beans wiped out by a particular tough army of Blackfly, Runner Beans a handfull of dry pods, corgettes,not too bad , Raspberrys small and dry with not the usual flavour, Leeks still very skinny and being attacked by some bug that I have never seen before. The only reasonable crop has been the tomatoes and it looks as if there won't be many green ones left before the blight strikes.

Has anyone else had a similarly bad year in spite of spending ages humping full watering cans around ?

Shoreham Discussion / Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:28:36 am »
On the old Shoreham site I would occasionally post a visual was suggested that any sketches found could be posted and see if anyone can remember what prompted them goes!

Shoreham Discussion / Local School group photographs
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:22:47 am »
An old school photo taken in 1940 at Swiss Gardens Infants school is your memory for faces Gerry ?

Shoreham Discussion / Local Lepidoperist activity
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:32:03 am »
Years ago I used to be interested in the study of caterpillars and Moths and ( As Gerry would know ) spent many hours hunting for Hawk Moth caterpillars with a local disabled lad called Michael H.
A couple of days ago in our garden saw an unusual one, an Elephant Hawk ....I had watched a chrysalis of one of these break open and reveal a beautiful coloured moth so I tracked it to its winter hiding place and will hope to find it again next year !
It is an ugly looking caterpillar so if you coe across one please do not squash !

Shoreham Discussion / Coffee Shop capital of Sussex
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:30:31 am »
Recently I was chatting to a shopkeeper at Southwick Square about the various merits of shopping there against Shoreham High Street and environs, he mentioned that we were possibly the 'Coffee Shop capital' of Sussex as the majority of the busineses now seemed to be dedicated to serving coffee I can think of at least seven in a very small area
 I guess they manage to survive by catering to modern sophisticated tastes, we only had the choice of two types, Black or White,but now we have Latte ( skinny or otherwise )Espresso,Cappuccino,Flat White,Long Black,Macchiato,Filter etc.,etc. served up by a person labelled 'Barista' times have changed !

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