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i-phone Friday   14 comments

I-phone Friday comes of course from Hastings, where the wife and I spent last weekend.

First night in a nice Turkish restaurant, seat covers took a bit of getting use too.



But the Lamps were nice.



Finish the night as we started.



A walk down the Old Town the following morning.




Some cool looking shops, shame it was closed.




I think I’m off to Israel on Monday, and its to the rig with no wi-fi, so have a great weekend and i’ll post again as soon as I can.

Posted October 19, 2012 by rigmover in South Coast

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East Lift   11 comments

We got another break in the weather and checked out the East Lift.

Built some ten years later than it’s sister on the West Hill, (we didn’t find the West Hill Lift until our last day) the East Hill Lift was first opened in April 1902 and carries passengers up the cliff to the picturesque glens. The East Hill Lift is the steepest funicular railway in the country with an angle of 38 degrees (1 in 2.8 gradient). There is a tank underneath the two cars that is filled with water at the top and emptied at the bottom. The original Victorian cars are still in use today.

I’m not sure if the tanks are still in use today, didn’t see any under the cars and the turn around is very quick.


Short but steep.




Great bit of Engineering.



View from the top of the Old Town, the Old Town is full of Antique/Junk shops of which we spent hours in.

Net Huts   21 comments

Still in Hastings,

The prominent net huts on the beach in Hastings Old Town are made of clinker weather boarding and stand an average of 25 feet high. These unique wooden buildings were originally used as workshops and storage for nets, sails and ropes.

In 1934 the Borough Council restricted the area allowed for each net hut to eight square feet because of the limited space between the cliffs and the sea. To overcome this problem the fishermen built their equipment stores upwards to maximise the allowed space and constructed three stories, one above the other.

About 45 of these unique structures can still be seen today and they are considered one of Hastings most famous and internationally known landmarks. Many more were originally built but have been destroyed by strong seas during the past 150 years. The council also demolished some during the 1950’s to clear the beach area for development.

With the advent of nylon nets there was less need for workshops and the buildings main use became storage. The remaining net huts are still used for this purpose today and are regularly maintained to withstand the elements.

These net huts were just great to look at but just as nice to smell, yeah you read it right, the mixture of tar, fish and salty sea air was great.

Disclaimer: I don’t normally go around smelling building.



From a different angle, and 35mins later the sun is coming out.



5 minutes later, clear skies and some great colours.

Posted October 17, 2012 by rigmover in South Coast

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Hastings   24 comments

Hope you all had a great weekend, I managed to take the wife away and spend a relaxing weekend in Hastings, we stayed in a stunning 5 star B&B called The Cloudesley in St Leonards-on-Sea, just a short walk from the old town in Hastings.

Hastings is a town and borough in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England. The town is located 53 miles south east of London, and has an estimated population of 86,900.

In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; although nowadays much reduced, it still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England. The town became a watering place in the 1760s, and then, with the coming of the railway, a seaside resort.


Posted October 16, 2012 by rigmover in South Coast

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