The Southwold Pier

Amusement piers are a traditional, if fading, feature of British seaside resorts. You can generally count on them to offer food, much of it Junk, arcade games, souvenirs, and some unexpected joys. In Brighton, I once found a doughnut-making machine that included a mechanical hand that flipped the doughnuts over midway through the cooking process. …

How much would you pay?

Welcome to Southwold, a somewhat more upscale seaside town. Or village. I’m never sure when a village becomes a town. The subject of this post is Beach Huts. You’ve seen them before in my Felixstowe post. To review: they are essentially toolsheds on leased land by the beach. You can’t spend the night in one. …

A Day by the Sea

We bid farewell to Avril and Peter and boarded the train bound for Suffolk. We were looking forward to a few days with friends Danielle and Andy at their home near Woodbridge. Andy and I have been friends since we met in the early Eighties. Andy was living in Hong Kong and I had just …

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Today, let’s talk about the Jazz/Rock group from the Seventies, known for such hits as “Spinning Wheel” and “You made me so very happy”. Just kidding. We’re talking about one of the most accomplished men of the Twentieth Century, Sir Winston Churchill. His actual quote is, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, …