Here's the DWG of Dover.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Whilst enjoying a quaint afternoon tea to celebrate my sister's birthday my mother steps outside and returns with a treat for the whole family. The Best of British Board Game, emblazoned with images colourful images ranging from Churchill to Dennis the Menace, from Fish and Chips to Mr Whippy, its slogan reads "The game of what makes Britain British!"
The actual game revolves around the tried and tested format of answering questions to move around the board however these questions leap from obvious stereotypes to ultra specific obscurities. British identity seems to stem from a series of factors; Pop Culture, National Species, Events and History, Cuisine, Currency and Civic Life.
Although this game is based around the family it is interesting to speculate the other uses that it could facilitate. Entry exams to the country; if you know enough useless facts about the UK you can claim asylum. It seems to question what it is to be British, are we just holding on to a series of stereotypes.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
This year's first project was called Cultural Exchange and was in two parts. The first part was to make a film exploring the relationship between Dover and Calais, and England and France, through the ubiquitous cross-channel ferry journey. The second part was to manufacture an object, a gift between the two nations.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Dover Harbour Board (DHB) said Dover People's Port Trust (DPPT) was making promises it could not deliver.
Dover residents have been told they can become members of DPPT for £10.
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said: "This is a serious bid backed by serious people. They wouldn't waste their time if it was unrealistic."
The people's port was launched on 30 October on Dover beach at an event attended by singer Dame Vera Lynn.
Representatives from three ferry companies were also there, along with the leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter and Conservative MP Mr Elphicke.
Funding for the bid in excess of the contribution from Dover residents would be raised in the City of London.
'Gateway to nation'
DHB said in a statement on Monday the plan was neither a commercial nor a business proposition.
DHB, which has run the port as a trust since 1606, asked the government for permission to privatise it in January. A decision is expected soon.
Dover People's Port website says it wants to prevent the "gateway to the nation" being sold to overseas buyers.
But DHB said the people's port promises were unaffordable.
Dover People's Port Trust was launched on the town beach on 30 October
"Despite making statements that the people of Dover would 'own' the port - at a minimal payment of only £10 per head- it is estimated that such ownership could only be achieved if each and every one of the people of Dover, 39,000 in all, contributed over £5,000 per head to the trust," it said.
"The reality is that financial institutions would be financing the deal."
It also said the proposal made no allowance for the required £85m investment in the Eastern Docks or the £250m needed to build a new terminal.
"The reality is that the DPPT is a political instrument," it said.
Mr Elphicke added: "I am sorry that they are being so negative about the community's bid.
"It is backed, as everyone knows, by major British banks, by the ferry companies and by substantial businessmen.
"The privatisation plan under their idea would mean millions (of pounds) for management.
"My proposal is that we have millions for the people of Dover."
BBC NEWS ARTICLE
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
The image above (Little Channel 3, 2008) was painted by Paul Winstanley, part of a series of views over the English Channel. The precise view is taken from the garden of a house perched on the top of the White Cliffs in a small village called St Margaret's in Kent. The garden is approximately half a dozen metres long and terminates in an abrupt and unprotected drop to the Straight of Dover three hundred and fifty feet below.
To choose to live on the White Cliffs, or perched on the loose shingle at the edge of the channel, is to associate yourself with a very particular kind of national identity. It's amusing to speculate on the scene as various extrovert and extravagant British actors strolled the grounds of their houses on the edge of England, preparing to defend the country through whimsical lyrics and amusing voices. Whilst Ustinov manned a literal gun emplacement, Noel Coward's propaganda was a more subtle and possibly effective form of warfare. After the war, he sold his house to Ian Fleming, another even more vociferously xenophobic writer who based one of his Bond novels, Moonraker, on the White Cliffs. In the book - far removed from the even more ludicrous film - a bitter ex-German Army officer who has assumed a new identity as a British millionaire builds a rocket on the White Cliffs with which he intends to destroy England. The launch-pad for the rocket is facing inland, not out to sea.
Monday, 1 November 2010
Particularly like the pair of windsocks on the top decks as illustrated in the video, suggesting part ferry part airfield...
Swimmers should be banned from crossing the Channel from Dover to Calais, according to the French coastguard.
People attempting the 21-mile challenge have to cross the world's busiest shipping lane.
Deputy director of the French Coastguard Jean-Christophe Burvingt told BBC South East's Inside Out he feared there could be an accident.
But Mike Oram, of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, said the crossings were safe and well organised.
More than 500 vessels pass through the shipping lanes each day.
Mr Burvingt said: "This continuous increase of swimming in the Channel creates a danger which is getting more and more important every year.
"I think that there will be a collision. There will be an accident due to that [cross-Channel swimmers]."
France banned swimmers using the Calais to Dover route 17 years ago.
Kaimes Beasley, of the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), said cross-Channel swimming was "as dangerous as trying to cross the M25".
Some ferry operators have also warned that a swimmer could cause a major accident.
Chris Newey, of DFDS Seaways, said: "We'd like to see some control over the numbers of people that are doing this activity, and when they're doing it, and some regulation around that activity from a health and safety perspective."
The Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, which accompanies swimmers and is one of two regulatory bodies authorised to organise and assist swims and other crossings, said the challenges were as safe as could be.
"We are over the top with all our safety precautions," Mr Oram said.
"We have tracking systems on the vessels, we have everything else that is required, we report into the coastguards.
"They know well in advance exactly what we're doing and how we're doing it and there is a restriction on the number of pilot boats."
He added that the number of swimmers had reached a peak and figures had stayed roughly the same for the past four or five years.
No swimmer or support boat has ever caused an accident in the English Channel to date, but the MCA has said "swimmers should be persuaded to look for a challenge elsewhere".