Friday, July 28, 2006

Kent

Last week I rented a car and drove for the first time in a year. Cal had recommended a trip to Canterbury Cathedral and the surrounding Kent countryside.

Canterbury Cathedral was very cool. So was Cal's old school next door, slightly more grand than the now-bulldozed local comprehensive that Knuffy's Owner and I went to!


After Canterbury we were keen to see the coast and drove to the nearby seaside town of Deal. As we arrived, the comment was made (not by me!) that England is 'the most underwhelming country in the world'. Could the grandeur of the cathedral have been forgotten so quickly? Ok, so Deal was pretty ugly.


But later I found out that dissing Deal has become something of an English literary tradition: Samuel Pepys called it 'pitiful' and Daniel Defoe wrote that 'The barbarous hated name of Deal shou'd die'. Even Jane Austen and Dickens have made unfavourable references!

8 comments:

Knuffy's Owner said...

What?! Our old school's been bulldozed? Where did you hear about this?

joe said...

I had dinner with the captain a couple of weeks ago and he told me... can someone living in Beacon Hill confirm?

Knuffy's Owner said...

I only managed to find this article on the net, so I assume it hasn't been demolished yet. Maybe it just looks like it has? http://www.manlydaily.com.au/common/story_page/0,7168,19744245%255E15721,00.html

Knuffy's Owner said...

I think it cut off the link. You'll have to copy and paste it in two goes:
http://www.manlydaily.com.au/common/story_page/
0,7168,19744245%255E15721,00.html

joe said...

Hmmm.... so I should replace 'bulldozed' with 'lying in ruin due to vandalism and soon to be demolished'...

cal said...

Glad you liked Canterbury, but you should have gone to Whitstable rather than Deal if you wanted pretty.

Though I do think that when you stand on the pier and look back at all the painted houses on Deal's seafront it does look rather nice. Walmer right next to Deal has a good castle and is a bit nicer as well.

joe said...

I know... we're planning another trip to see stuff we missed :)

miriam said...

no demolition yet... some old die hards still fighting hard to have the school reopened, but considering the state of the school when it was abandoned 5 yrs ago, i dont think its going to happen!