Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Being on the planet (2)
It's the weather of sea side cafés today.
Crashing surf on rain slicked rocks viewed from the safety of a warm, fuggy interior. Chips, strong tea, haddock or beans, whatever really, just that total pleasure of ultimate snugness.
I was recalling all the cafés I can think of in this genre. One in Whitby, with its stunningly good fish and chips, the chippy on the pier at Brighton, if its still there, another in Cleethorpes, an excellence in melancholic dining, and a superb specimen in Lulworth cove, Dorset. Can't quite think of an equivalent here, lots of good fish restaurants, bien sure . . . but not quite the same.
Anyway, while thinking about the sea as I was, I got into a good 'wonder' about why sea, and large expanses of water in general, stay where they are, i.e not running off into space. I know the rational explanations, the speed the earth is turning etc, but is still very odd when you consider it just in a visual sense. Here is a piece of film I took with the camera 'on the side' by accident. I kept it as it gives a sensation of us, sea, sand etc really being stuck to the planet.
Since I started writing this, the weather has turned bright, very cold and blustery. I would now like to be in a posh hotel's comfy dining room by the fire eating a cream tea.