Alternate title: Margate gets Grooved
Well it needed something so Giulietta and the G.-man
hove over there
The primary reason was to go to the ‘Turner and Constable:
Sketching from Nature’ exhibition that opened today…..
…..sad to say it was a collection of mean little sketches that
don’t deserve to be let out of the storage repository
However the sculptures by Juan Munoz called ‘Conversation
Piece III’ that have been placed in the entrance hall are a
wonder…..worth going just for that !
The exhibition of works by Dorothy Cross was also interesting
And it was free so ‘thumbs up friend’ (The Inbetweeners, 2008-2010)
So that was the culture out of the way…..
…..now for the rest !
Margate has been a popular seaside town for the past 250
It feels very Victorian, Londoners loved to skittle down to Margie
for a bit of fun
In the 1960s it was the destination of choice for mods to battle
In the 1970s it was the destination of choice for mods to
In addition it had England’s oldest roller coaster and seaside
So things were going great until…………………………………………
…..when Tracey Emin pitched up
Margie has been in decline ever since
The Turner Contemporary is part of England’s brave attempt
to reverse the Tracey E. effect
I can assure you there is hardly a mod in sight !
But to my great surprise there was a very large group of
folk who looked like they had just walked off a movie set
for a film based in the 1940s…….
…..all milling around, eating and drinking in the historic old
town section of Margie
This was too much for the G.-man to resist !
…..in like flint ! ! !
‘So are you a 1940s club or what ?’ he posed to a lady looking
like Lana Turner’s ugly sister
The explanation was simple…….
They were all staying at the Victorian Walpole Bay Hotel
for the ‘Walpole Bay 1940s Swing Weekend’ which featured
the Cinque Ports Lindy hoppers
I need to get out more ! !
I definitely coveted the fat baker boys some of the men
Next stop: The Margate Shell Grotto (Grade 1 listed)
This chalk cave, shell encrusted marvel is in the centre of town
and nobody knows who built it or why…..
…..nobody understands the symbolism or the narrative…..
…..except I have to agree that one panel looked just like a massive
Look, it is impossible to describe
Seeing is believing
YOU need to go and see this for yourselves
The conclusion: Margie rocks (a bit) without the need
ps, Day 3 and I haven’t made contact with Joe yet but I
know he’s here so ‘Hold on, I’m Comin’ (Joe), Sam & Dave, 1966