A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

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Swinging on Southsea Common…

There was a lot going on in Portsmouth and Southsea this Bank Holiday Weekend

There was a lot going on in Portsmouth and Southsea this Bank Holiday Weekend

The venue, on Southsea Common

The venue, on Southsea Common

The Three Belles, singing 'Beat me Daddy, Eight to the Bar'

The Three Belles, singing ‘Beat me Daddy, Eight to the Bar’

Could almost have been The Andrews Sisters... ;)

Could almost have been The Andrews Sisters… 😉

The vocal accompianists to the Pete Weston Swing Band

The vocal accompianists to the Pete Weston Swing Band

Getting into the swing of things... :)

Getting into the swing of things… 🙂

'I want to be a singer when I grow up, Mummy..'...and dig that tattoo... ;)

‘I want to be a singer when I grow up, Mummy..’…and dig that tattoo… 😉

"New York, New York"...

“New York, New York”…

Southsea's splendid South Parade Pier...

Southsea’s splendid South Parade Pier…

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A Trip to the Circus

One of the advantages of having a partner who runs her own shop, is that, in return for some shop-window advertising, she gets complimentary tickets for itinerant acts such as circuses that pitch up on Southsea Common during the summer months. So it was, we found ourselves in the Big Top of Gerry Cottle’s WOW! Circus this week, being entertained by clowns, illusionists, jugglers, trapeze artists and the like, and it was a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Alas, my camera batteries ran out very early on, so there are only a couple of photos from inside the Big Top :(. Never mind, I’ll make sure I’m better prepared next time ;).

First though here, I want to post up a few pictures from the ‘Lions Heart Mural 2007, In memory of Rachel Lyons’, on an electricity substation building on Southsea Common…

Rachel Lyons died in December 2006...

Rachel Lyons died in December 2006…

...unexpectedly at the age of 26...

…unexpectedly at the age of 26…

...and was an amateur artist who helped design this mural, and hence its subsequent dedication to her...

…and was an amateur artist who helped design this mural, and hence its subsequent dedication to her…

And so, on to the Circus…:)

Entry wasn't entirely free for the pair of us; we were obliged to buy a programme each, at three quid a time...

Entry wasn’t entirely free for the pair of us; we were obliged to buy a programme each, at three quid a time…

There were a nominal 50 acts performed in 100 minutes...

There were a nominal 50 acts performed in 100 minutes…

There was a fifteen minute interval, during which my partner nipped off, with a child-like spontaniety, to buy us some candy floss…must have been the influence of all those excited kids around us 😉

The final act was the Hegyi Brothers from Hungary, performing stunts on the rotating Wheel of Death...scary stuff...

The final act was the Hegyi Brothers from Hungary, performing stunts on the rotating Wheel of Death…scary stuff…

Yes, we agreed it was a great couple of hours’ entertainment, as we wandered home together beneath the evening’s full moon :).

A sunny Sunday in Southsea…and in Portsmouth Dockyard

Pink Rose, Festing Road

Pink Rose, Festing Road


Canoe Lake, Southsea

Canoe Lake, Southsea


Angel statue, Canoe Lake

Angel statue, Canoe Lake


War memorial, near Canoe Lake

War memorial, near Canoe Lake


Relaxing on Southsea beach, and with Ryde, Isle of Wight, on the distant shoreline

Relaxing on Southsea beach, and with Ryde, Isle of Wight, on the distant shoreline


South Parade Pier, Southsea

South Parade Pier, Southsea


Sea watching, Southsea seafront

Sea watching, Southsea seafront


Seafront near Southsea Castle

Seafront near Southsea Castle


Southsea Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII

Southsea Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII


Southsea Castle and the Lighthouse

Southsea Castle and the Lighthouse


The Lighthouse and an Isle of Wight ferry

The Lighthouse and an Isle of Wight ferry


Portsmouth Garden of Hope message

Portsmouth Garden of Hope message


The Bandstand on Southsea Common

The Bandstand on Southsea Common


The Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common, with the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth Harbour in the distance

The Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common, with the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth Harbour in the distance


Among the names on the Naval Memorial is that of my maternal grandfather, who died aboard HMS Lawford on the 8th June, 1944

Among the names on the Naval Memorial is that of my maternal grandfather, who died aboard HMS Lawford on the 8th June, 1944


Further along Southsea seafront

Further along Southsea seafront


Clarence Pier funfair...

Clarence Pier funfair…


Swing Tower at the funfair

Swing Tower at the funfair


Swing Tower (detail)...

Swing Tower (detail)…


More funfair amusements...

More funfair amusements…


Donuts and 99s...

Donuts and 99s…


Southsea Fudge Factory

Southsea Fudge Factory


Beyond Clarence Pier, from the seafront heading to Portsmouth

Beyond Clarence Pier, from the seafront heading to Portsmouth


A jetty further along the seafront

A jetty further along the seafront


Sunbathers...

Sunbathers…


Portsmouth Cathedral, from Oyster Street

Portsmouth Cathedral, from Oyster Street


The Spinnaker Tower, at Portsmouth Harbour

The Spinnaker Tower, at Portsmouth Harbour


Action Stations, in Portsmouth Dockyard

Action Stations, in Portsmouth Dockyard


HMS Victory, Portsmouth Dockyard

HMS Victory, Portsmouth Dockyard


HMS Victory, aft...

HMS Victory, aft…


HMS Victory, fore...

HMS Victory, fore…


The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Dockyard

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Dockyard

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