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The English Riviera.

Monday and Tuesday, lazenich, ugerchucker, digicowboy and I went down to Torquay to 'visit the beach'. It was ugerchucker's idea to actually get to the beach sometime this year, so we did.

We knew the forecast was 'torrential rain' but stuck it out because we're hardcore like that. I gotta say though, and I mean absolutely no insult when I say this, that regardless of the weather, I've really no idea why anybody would willingly put themselevs through a holiday at the English seaside. The whole place was just so desperate, and digicowboy put it perfectly when he said the place reeked of fallen glory. The hotels that you could tell were once grand, and indeed still are impressive, I'm sure, looked shabby and out of place. The entertainment promoted everywhere was generic and dated, variety shows and Jim Davison. The signs everywhere that tried to convince us we were at the 'English Riviera' only made the whole scene more miserable, when placed next to a derelict fish n' chip stall overlooking an angry sea and slate grey sky.

The English seaside seems permanently stuck in the twenties, thirties, fourties, fifties, with stripey deckchairs and Punch & Judy. And I suppose it's what we want, because enough people flood to Devon and Corwnwall every summer. I just I can't for the life of me work out why.

That said, we had an amazing time. digicowboy and I really spent the entirity of Monday in hysterics, filming videos that would have us lynched for treason, while getting drunk on cheap wine. On the list of things I never thought would happen to me, I can safely say getting touched up by a lady hobo was one of them. The fact is, the company you keep can make anything fun. Torquay itself, not so much, but the hours spent in Whetherspoons playing Pokemon, Waterstones convincing ourselves we didn't need more books, and Gamestation, really made it all worthwhile.

fff, I'm looking my age.



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Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Come to Australia, we will show you a proper beach! I do kind of want to go to an English beach, though, just for the novelty of it. They've always struck me as very sad places - maybe it's the lack of sand? Pebbles surely can't be comfortable! (Hence the deck chairs, I suppose.)

On the list of things I never thought would happen to me, I can safely say getting touched up by a lady hobo was one of them.
Haha, oh gosh, I laughed about that for like two minutes straight. I'm sorry. Well, there's an experience you won't forget in a hurry!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
Not all English beaches are pebbles! I don't know about Torquay though :)

(Actually, in some situations I prefer pebble beaches to sand; less to get stuck in your shoes!)
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
Oh! I didn't know that. I stand corrected, then! And sand is a nuisance, I agree. But pebbles just look depressing, y'know? All that grey. Sand at least is at least cheerful, even when it gets through all your clothes, your hair and your car, haha.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Looks like you had good fun! Are you in the sea in that photo or is there VISUAL TRICKERY afoot?
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
The only beach I visited when I was in England was around the Cliffs of Dover (horribly touristy and not beachy, I'm sure). There were a lot of rocks.

I'm so spoiled when it comes going to the beach. A bunch of my co-workers try going to the beach every weekend, but all the ones I've been to in New York are just not up to par to what I'm used to. Plus, there's all of these ridiculous rules and you have to spend money just to be physically on the beach. It's all a bit of Fail.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Torquay is just... it's "timeless" is the best way I can describe it. I actually really liked it, but it's not a place I could live. It's definitely a holiday town?

It's kind of beautiful and sad... and touristy. Oddly? It reminds me of San Francisco (climate and terrain wise).
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I quite loved Torquay when we went last October. It was just as you said. STUCK in the 20's+ but timeless and a bit rundown and salty.

I loved it. I'd totally go back! :D
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
19, right?
Jul. 22nd, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
I've sated my need to see the sea this year. (Although might pop down to loworth at some point when I can drive)
Next time I plan a trip I'll take account of the weather.
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
aww i wish i knew you were coming down i only live a few towns over
oh well....
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