Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Open Top Bus

An evening's ride to Reculver, in what looks suspiciously like summer and I see that a pop video is being made on the promenade and beach between Birchington and Minnis Bay.

Not to be outdone and inspired by the romantic sunset, a couple were having sexual intercourse in full public view, on the clifftop oppisite the golf course at Westgate. As I was on a bicycle, I avoided the embarrasment of having to stare, as I whizzed past them.

In the photograph, an outing from a bygone age in Ramsgate. Possibly more people squeezed into that small bus than occupy the open-top tour bus at any one time as it drives around Thanet every day.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most remiss of you not to get any photos of this copulating couple, Simon.

Such dreadful behaviour deserves to be exposed and the perpetrators named and shamed.

Where was this, exactly, and when will they be there again? Just so as I know to avoid it, of course.

Outraged of Minnis Bay

DrMoores said...

On reflection, I suppose I could have stopped, parked my bike against the clifftop wall and then photographed the coital couple but then they might have been offended by my interruption!

If you stood on the tee at the glof course, looking at out to see then you might have been put off your stroke!

Ironically, nothing surprises me anymore!

Anonymous said...

Offending public decency in such a brazen manner is best countered by direct action; a stroll across and a cheery 'hello' followed by a comment about the best position on grass is normally sufficient to cool passion. An alternative, found useful with dogs, is a bucket of cold water.

DrMoores said...

This being Thanet, the likely consequences of such a cheery conversation, mid-coitus, would be a violent assault and a long drop off the cliff to the rocks below.

Or am I wrong?

Anonymous said...

Confucius said that 'man with trousers down cannot run as fast as man with trousers up'.

Michael Child said...

If any of you want to see the rest of the set of photographs not the copulating ones I’m afraid but the ones of Redbourn’s charabancs I have published them at http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/history/id7.htm incidentally as you are bound to wonder, I have checked with Cllr Kirby and he is not related to the nigger minstrel in the first picture.

Anonymous said...

I visited your pictures, Michael, thanks. Times have changed and perhaps you should have made the point that when describing the 'nigger minstrel' you were using the original term from the photo and that no offence should be taken as you are showing things as how they were then. I should imagine that OVIT and ECR will be accusing Thanetlife and your good self of blatant racist language at any moment!

DrMoores said...

Having just got home, I was tempted to remove Michael's post but then people would ask why?

Michael, while I understand that your reference is to historical fact; i.e. a well known group of Thanet entertainers at the turn of the century who were described by the "n" word, today's world makes that expression unacceptable and not one to be easily used here or anywhere else.

If the post gives other readers cause for offense, then I will take it down.

Michael Child said...

Whoops sorry Simon please feel free to remove or amend it, my political correctness slipped for a moment there I think because I am very angry at the moment as TDC officers are making life difficult for the funfair operators on Ramsgate seafront. See http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/boards/

Anonymous said...

No offence taken by me, Doc, as it is in regard to a historical reality. The use of the word 'nigger'then, whilst being descriptive and labelling had none of the insulting and abusive use as the word had in the USA or in the present day. Agatha Christie's murderous who done it,'10 Little Niggers' was referred to a few years ago by the Chair of the Nursing Council to describe the way members attendance throughout the day at a conference dwindled. Such was the furore and lack of understanding of what the lady was referring to that she had to resign! The n word as you quite carefully refer to it has been taken over by racists and is assosciated with such a derogatory meaning that even its historical use now gets the PC brigade up in arms. We cannot re-write history, can we, or pretend that the use of the word 'nigger' never happened. We have learned that as the word is offensive to many people it is quite rightly no longer used except by the BNP types, bigots and racists to the core! On the subject of word use and how times change, I was horrified to hear in the 'Rome' series shown on BBC 2 recently the use of what many regard as the most offensive sexual swear word 'c**t'!
Times change and not necessarily for the better.

michael child said...

spoke to a few people here mostly historians if I say some of them were of different ethnic origins it looks silly well here you go

its as ridiculous as saying some of my best friends are black Asian Chine’s whatever


http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/gg/

Anonymous said...

Are you thats not just another picture of THIS

Anonymous said...

My mum (in her 70s) recently referred to 'Nigger Minstrels' in conversation with relatives. Unfortunately I was present at the time and sipping my tea ended up with some of it spraying out in shock/ suprise etc. Uncle Mack lodged with her family in Margate in the 30s and our family have musical connections from way back hence the reference to the musical term.
To make matters worse she later spoke about neighbours who lived next door in the 60s and who had a Kretin daughter (Kretin was a medical term apparently). I felt I'd had a bad day by the end of it.

Anonymous said...

The older generations have a confidence in the use of the english language that most of us have now lost. A cretin is some-one who has deformity and mental retardation as a result of thyroid deficiency and its colloquial use is obvious. Words like cretin, retard, spastic have all been grabbed at various times for derogatory use and new words will be used all the time; i particularly like 'drongo' from Australia which is the name of a species of blackbird.

Anonymous said...

The only problem 8.11 is that the blackbirds in question can't complain about their name being taken in vain!

Anonymous said...

Which is exactly why I like the term!