Saturday, July 29, 2006

Where's Swanage going?

There is another consideration that may need a thread of its own. Is Swanage moving upmarket? All these takeaways serving day trippers and campers/caravaners rose in importance and number as the traditional holiday market declined back in the 60s and 70s and Swanage, like other resorts, responded by cheapening its product There are signs that this has reversed, for example with Nick finding it worthwhile to offer oysters. As well as short breaks we seem to attract lots of people for their second or third holiday in the spring or autumn. Has anyone else notcied this?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7/29/2006 02:36:49 PM

Paul Nash in Swanage

Swanage Quay by Paul Nash
Originally uploaded by m.hadley.
Paul Nash in Swanage

Can you tell us more about Paul Nash please

Posted by David H to swanage view at 7/28/2006 10:35:48 AM

posted by The Postman @ 8:21 PM 2 comments

At 8:24 PM, The Postman said...

There's a good book called 'Paul Nash in Swanage" by local author Pennie Denton. I'm sure the Bookshop opposite Somerfields will have it or can get it.

At 8:25 PM, The Postman said...

Let me start with a plug for "Paul Nash in Swanage -Seaside Surrealism". by Swanage writer Pennie Denton.

This is what the Tate says about him:

"Paul Nash (1889-1946) is one of the most important artists of the first half of the twentieth century and the most evocative landscape painter of his generation. He is best known for his work as an official war artist, producing some of the most memorable images of both the First and Second World Wars.

Nash was also a pioneer of modernism in Britain, promoting the avant-garde European styles of abstraction and Surrealism in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1933 he co-founded the influential modern art movement Unit One with fellow artists Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and the critic Herbert Read. It was a short-lived but important move towards the revitalisation of English art in the inter-war period.

Nash, however, found his personal inspiration in the English landscape and he saw himself in the tradition of English mystical painters William Blake and Samuel Palmer. He was particularly drawn to landscapes with a sense of ancient history: grassy burial mounds, Iron Age hill forts and the standing stones at Avebury and Stonehenge. For him these sites had a talismanic quality which he called genius loci, or 'the spirit of a place', and he painted them repeatedly."

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7/28/2006 12:47:01 PM

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Swanage eyesores?

As a bit of summer fun - would anyone like to add to the list of really ugly buildings and eysores in Swanage ? To start the list I nominate The Mowlem, the Post Office, and the Library.

I dont suppose anything will happen, but it might be an indication of what the locals feel about the appearance of their town.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7/25/2006 01:51:43 PM

Monday, July 24, 2006

Poole/Swanage row

The former'Red Lion Row', from Poole Quay to Swanage is scheduled, I believe, for Monday 7 August.

About this site

Re: some recent comments

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-- I don't think this is possible.I think photos have to be posted by facilitators and have to go as a main topic (but I might be wrong: will explore some day). I post photos to first, then to the blog. Others might like to try, see if it works for you.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Bay swim

Congratulations to Katie Barlow, swimming from Peveril Point to Ballard Head, in 55 minutes on Tuesday 11th July (with an escort boat). Who's next?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Swanage Advertiser

One can perhaps get an idea of how much the owners of the Advrtiser care about local news when you see how many titles they own!

Media titles owned by Newsquest Media Group

Thursday, July 20, 2006


If you want to raise a new topic, post your comment in this section — just click first on Comments (bottom right), then on Post a comment (bottom left of the next window), and a new heading will soon be set up, allowing others to see and add their own comments. It seems it's sometimes easier to click on 'Post anonymously' than to open an account in your name - you can always add your name to your message.

Foreign Visitors

Have you all noticed the increased number of American, Australians and French tourists this year? The world wide marketing for the Jurassic Coast seems to be working.

Problems Facing Coastal Towns

Follow the link below to listen again to the chair of the select committee charged with examining the problems faced by coastal towns.

Caravan Park

What's this about the town council caravan park? There was something in the paper in weymouth that the council had been told it shouldnt be selling caravams amd taking commisions on the deals and that the council might have not only to hand over the running of the bar and catering for someone else to run, which its done, but to do the same with the whole caravan park. what's going on? have I missed this being written up locally?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7/20/2006 11:53:10 AM

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mowlem Metamorphosis?

Posted by Mr. Paul Angel

Everyone (including me) has had a moan about the state of the Mowlem, especially the disgusting mock-victorian bars, so i decided to have a moan to Hall & Woodhouse, who share responsibility with the trustees (as far as I know). Here was their very positive reply:
"PaulGood news!There is a major internal and external upgrade planned for the Mowlem in 2007. I couldn't agree more that it is currently not doing itself justice.Thanks for your feedback.RegardsNick SellickArea Manager".
Now I think that's great, and even better if they consult local people about the new look they could go for. So I thought we could have a conversation here!My opinion: Go for a clean contemporary look with the bar that sticks out clad in oak, the signs modern and maybe backlit, the glass should be cleaned up and left as glass, the lower area where you can sit outside should have some decent benches and lighting, the interior should be white and have local art in it in a changing display, and they should reflect the modern building, the coastal location and the local art scene...What does anybody else think - BE POSITIVE!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Beach bozos

I see the wooden steps leading down to the beach at Sheps Hollow have been removed,making it difficult for people to get up or down. I gather this has happened twice now, for use as firewood by a few inconsiderate morons. Presumably it's the same people leaving glass bottles (and broken bottles)on the beach. How dense and uncaring do people have to be not to realise that this might seriously injure someone? I see in the Echo that on Ballard Estate a house recently had its fence kicked in and wood was also taken from a bungalow under construction.

What can be done? Perhaps if someone sees this going on they could call the police and maybe take photos with their mobile if they have one.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7/17/2006 04:53:11 PM

Price check?

Can anybody recommend a good website that will help me to compare prices of everyday items over the last 50 years please?

Posted by Steve Darrington to swanage view at 7/17/2006 08:25:14 AM

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Jazz weekend?

Why was the posting about the Jazz Festival removed?

Jazz weekend?
7 Jul 2006 by The Postman
Am I right to deduce from the number of jazz-theme paintings in some galleries that the Jazz weekend is upon us? If anyone with any knowledge of this would care to let anyone know, please post a comment here.

swanage view -

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7/16/2006 07:51:22 PM

Friday, July 14, 2006

Second homes?

Wow all you holiday home people better watch out now is there not a new lawa saying that unocuppied homes can be seized to house people, with no right of appeal, another crushing blow for all the hard workers !

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7/13/2006 11:16:17 PM

Free Broadband?

Could someone in the know enlighten
us about WiFi access from the set up at
the Town Hall please.
(Questian from Anonymous)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Half full or half empty?

Have you noticed how quiet the pubs have been this year? (not just in the hot weather) Are people socialising elsewhere? And is this because drinks are so expensive in the pubs nowadays, compared with supermarket prices? If you do go to a pub for a drink or a meal, do you feel you get value for money?

Tuesday, July 04, 2006



This has been a difficult decision, but, we have decided to withdraw from the appeal scheduled for July 11th. I quote from the Architects letter to PDC: "All parties are agreed that the latest Design, which was Refused Planning Permission at the Planning Board on Thursday 29th June 2006, represents a distinctly better option for the Pier Head Site (than the previous), which makes the examination of the Original Scheme at Appeal a somewhat pointless exercise.
Obviously my Client and myself were truly shattered and distraught by the Refusal by the Planning Board of our Latest Scheme which has received so much Local support from all sections of the community most particularly Swanage Town Council, The Residents Association, Swanage Building Preservation Society, and was roundly praised by South West Design Review Panel." The hope is that a negotiated amended proposal can be urgently agreed with the Planning Officers and put before the committee. This was supported by the comments of planning committee chairman John Hyde directing the officers to "try and negotiate suitable modifications" for a solution. It was also backed up by Bill Trite, leader of Purbeck District Council who said: "It's not a matter of being a stick in the mud, we just need a proposal on a slightly smaller scale."

Monday, July 03, 2006

England Flagging?

Will those who polluted Ballard Down with a large white peice of cloth with a red cross on it now remove it.