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That reminded me of the programme I saw which featured the Chester Shot Tower.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Shot_Tower

My walk to work in Bristol from the station to the office (before the bastards made me redundant last year!!) used to take me past Britain's most modern shot tower - the Cheese Lane Shot Tower. Would make a great home for a 'quirky' TV detective...

And apart from the building material, concrete rather than red brick, I'm guessing there's little difference between them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese_Lane_Shot_Tower

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I always assumed that the title of the great Philip Glass's opera Einstein on the Beach was metaphorical. This knowledge has turned my world upside down, and to think it was Cromer just boggles the mind!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_on_the_Beach

The 'On the Beach' reference is to the novel 'On the Beach' by Nevil Shute. I remember reading it when I was a kid.
It was about a nuclear war. Of course, Einstein had an involvement with the creation of the first nuclear bomb.
 

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The 'On the Beach' reference is to the novel 'On the Beach' by Nevil Shute. I remember reading it when I was a kid.
It was about a nuclear war. Of course, Einstein had an involvement with the creation of the first nuclear bomb.
But he also had cool mad scientist hair so let's let that one slide.
 

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I'm going for more of a Phil Oakey look atm.

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I thought you meant the 1980s-era Phil Oakey. Phew!

I'm pretty much rocking this look too. Up until the first lockdown last year I was going to the barbers every five or six weeks. When they closed I bought a set of clippers and do my own hair every three or four weeks. Fit the number 3 guard and buzz, buzz, buzz but I think I'll go to number 2 next time – going from 3/8in down to 1/4in. It's easy to look after and drying it after a shower takes, er, seconds!

Plus, with the amount of hair I have, I don't have too many options...
 

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I thought you meant the 1980s-era Phil Oakey. Phew!

I'm pretty much rocking this look too. Up until the first lockdown last year I was going to the barbers every five or six weeks. When they closed I bought a set of clippers and do my own hair every three or four weeks. Fit the number 3 guard and buzz, buzz, buzz but I think I'll go to number 2 next time – going from 3/8in down to 1/4in. It's easy to look after and drying it after a shower takes, er, seconds!

Plus, with the amount of hair I have, I don't have too many options...
I have cut my own hair for years, I've gone from grade 3, to grade 2, now I'm on grade 1, soon it will be grade 0 then a bic job when my hair recedes even more :(
Funnily enough back in 1990 I had hair very much like 80's era Oakey when I was growing it out for a ponytail.

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I always assumed that the title of the great Philip Glass's opera Einstein on the Beach was metaphorical. This knowledge has turned my world upside down, and to think it was Cromer just boggles the mind!

Off topic warning! :omr:

Peter Shickele, the man behind the P.D.Q. Bach classical parodies, told a story on his radio show about his piece Einstein on the Fritz, which poked fun at Glass's repetitious - some would say monotonous - musical style. When he was picking up the sheet music from the publisher, who should he run into but Philip Glass himself. Glass asked what he was picking up, and Shickele, embarrassed, said "It's a, um, parody of, err, your work." Glass said "Let me see!" and Shickele handed it over. Glass looked it over for a while, then handed it back saying "Yeah, that's about right!"
 

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Off topic warning! :omr:

Peter Shickele, the man behind the P.D.Q. Bach classical parodies, told a story on his radio show about his piece Einstein on the Fritz, which poked fun at Glass's repetitious - some would say monotonous - musical style. When he was picking up the sheet music from the publisher, who should he run into but Philip Glass himself. Glass asked what he was picking up, and Shickele, embarrassed, said "It's a, um, parody of, err, your work." Glass said "Let me see!" and Shickele handed it over. Glass looked it over for a while, then handed it back saying "Yeah, that's about right!"
Sure, it’s repetitious - that’s the whole point of it. It’s the way the repetitions fit together & evolve that’s interesting.
 

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Someone I know standing in a bar in Cromer last night being serenaded by a (presumably?) transvestite. I haven't joined in with the comments because his mates are making "Oh .. I see you're back with *your ex* then?" comments which are funny but I don't like online bullies and she will read those :( .. good picture anyway though lol :) ..
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Someone I know standing in a bar in Cromer last night being serenaded by a (presumably?) transvestite. I haven't joined in with the comments because his mates are making "Oh .. I see you're back with *your ex* then?" comments which are funny but I don't like online bullies and she will read those :( .. good picture anyway though lol :) ..
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I would say they were a drag queen rather than a transvestite.
 

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Someone I know standing in a bar in Cromer last night being serenaded by a (presumably?) transvestite. I haven't joined in with the comments because his mates are making "Oh .. I see you're back with *your ex* then?" comments which are funny but I don't like online bullies and she will read those :( .. good picture anyway though lol :) ..
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We know her.

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This isn't 'hold the front page' stuff but only one goat has been returned to graze on the goats on a slope project in Cromer .. and the locals are confused and worried .. which is how it should be ..

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goats on a slope

To be fair....it doesn't quite have the same cachet as 'Snakes on a Plane', does it?

Maybe the locals are confused because clearly, in the singular, it should be referred to as 'Goat on a Slope'.
"Coming round 'ere...with yer fake pluralisation....how dare you"
 

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That is amazing! Why they climb up there is puzzling. To get away from a predator?

Edit: Oh, to lick salt out of the stones!
 

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This building is just over the road from Cromer Church. I was walking past it one evening, both sides of the door were painted blue except I spotted a bit that had flaked off exposing something gold and brown underneath ... so I scraped a bit more off with a card from my wallet. I did this again the next day then a manager looking woman walked out and told me off for vandalism so I've had to leave it alone ever since.

Someone else is clearly on the same page as me because I've just discovered the ghost glass has been uncovered, probably for the first time in at least 100 years :cool:

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edit :The book currently for sale in this below link was published here in 1900 now making this ghost writing at least 121 years old ..

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/Gems-Cromer-Collection-Artistic-Views-MUNDAY/19196389657/bd
 
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This building is just over the road from Cromer Church. I was walking past it one evening, both sides of the door were painted blue except I spotted a bit that had flaked off exposing something gold and brown underneath ... so I scraped a bit more off with a card from my wallet. I did this again the next day then a manager looking woman walked out and told me off for vandalism so I've had to leave it alone ever since.

Someone else is clearly on the same page as me because I've just discovered the ghost glass has been uncovered, probably for the first time in at least 100 years :cool:

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edit :The book currently for sale in this below link was published here in 1900 now making this ghost writing at least 121 years old ..

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/Gems-Cromer-Collection-Artistic-Views-MUNDAY/19196389657/bd
You discovered an old publisher's office! They probably named it 'Strand House' after the Strand Magazine, I'm guessing.
 

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now making this ghost writing at least 121 years old

Wonderful!

Circulating Libraries were very much a feature of seaside-resorts and watering-places, dating back to Regency times.

The ghost-signs you helped uncover may have been the latest of many. Do you know the age of the buildings? :)
 

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Wonderful!

Circulating Libraries were very much a feature of seaside-resorts and watering-places, dating back to Regency times.

The ghost-signs you helped uncover may have been the latest of many. Do you know the age of the buildings? :)
A search for 'The Strand' building, Cromer, brings up this site, noting it as a listed building, I'm sure @Swifty can confirm whether the street address makes it the same building. Listed as being constructed 1884-5.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1392265
 

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Wonderful!

Circulating Libraries were very much a feature of seaside-resorts and watering-places, dating back to Regency times.

The ghost-signs you helped uncover may have been the latest of many. Do you know the age of the buildings? :)
Ignore my previous post as it it not the correct building, it appears Church St dates from between 1837 to 1901, so some time between those dates would be when 'Strand House'was constructed.

https://historicengland.org.uk/serv...educational-images/church-street-cromer-10695
 

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Wonderful!
.... Do you know the age of the buildings? :)
Unspecified 1880 - 90 for The Strand Building.

We went into town today, I popped into the museum because a mate is one of the curators. He photocopied info for you which meant he had to go downstairs for a minute so he said "Hold the fort!" ... I've never been put in charge of a museum before even if it was only for about 60 seconds :cool: .. (I only had to explain opening times and prices to a couple of tourists)

This info was gathered by The Cromer Preservation Society which sadly no longer exists:

House/Structure: Strand House. Shops with flats above
Address/Location: 41-43 Church St.

Date: c. 1885-90

Architect/Builder: Unknown
Built for Charles Munday


This article also goes into minute details about all the materials used in construction but I don't want to send you to sleep. You owe Al a pint next time you're in Cromer. He wasn't even aware if had been fully restored, he was the first person I showed it to during the start of lockdown so he's going to have a new look at it on his lunch break today. I just hope that the glass art doesn't become more vulnerable to the sunlight now that the paint has been removed.
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I'd always assumed the phrase 'Tit Bits' was a modern one, mostly seen in magazines aimed at women that we nowadays have renamed 'Life Hacks' .. the history of Tit Bits ..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit-Bits
 

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