Travelling from place to place, from hotel to B&B to hotel means eating out all the time which can definitely be a mixed blessing. At each new town there is always the “adventure” of finding a suitable restaurant nearby for how one is feeling that night, for the type of town one is in. In Devon and especially in Cornwall the fishing industry means that eating fish is almost a necessity so over six nights I ate fish five times as well as having smoked salmon at breakfast with my scrambled eggs on some mornings. So, how did these meals compare? Two were some variation on the traditional “fish and chips” and the others were more sophisticated meals at more or less stylish restaurants.
We have just spent a week on the road in Devon and Cornwall as we use our remaining time in Britain to do what travelling we can. As with many parts of the country, even though I “knew” of it, in the sense of knowing many of the place names, I had either not actually been to them or had visited many years ago. In this case I knew that I had spent some holidays down in Devon and Cornwall as a child and stayed in rented caravans although I had a clear memory of us having taken the Heron sailing dinghy on one holiday and sailed it in a bay that had an island in it that could be reached at low tide by a causeway. My memory was that we had sailed in winds that were really much too strong. The boat had even “capsized” on the beach before we could even get it launched into the water the wind was so strong. Despite that we still managed to sail for a while before retreating to the safety of the shore. One of the features of our current travels were the same strong and very chilly winds that we encountered whenever we were near the coast – which was a lot of the time.
We went to see the movie of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel “High-Rise” recently and this post is not going to be about my reaction to the movie, which actually made me think of Passolini (“Salo“)and Fellini (“Satyricon“) and also Derek Jarman’s “Jubilee” from 1978, all of which go to show that it is very hard to create something that is truly new, original or shocking. As far as the film’s relevance to society today this piece in CityMetric (from the New Statesman) does a good job in relating the themes to modernism’s architectural failures so don’t worry I am not going to launch into a diatribe against the class-based nature of contemporary Britain.