The role of the humble wetsuit in extending the tourist season

At the weekend I was ruminating with my brother, Marhamchurch Man, who returned to one of his favourite themes. In the old days (yes, I am getting on), you didn’t see any wetsuits on Cornwall’s surf beaches. Nowadays, virtually every one wears a wetsuit when they take a dip in the old briny.

Fair enough. We’re a bunch of sissies or, alternatively, we’ve got some sense.

In the old days however, due to being frozen to death except when the water was warmish, people tended to shy away from surfing on all but sunny days.

As a result, the tourist season in the West Country, which used to last six weeks, has been extended. This is because people now know they can go swimming in the sea even if the weather is a bit dodgy.

It is an interesting theory. Because it comes from Marhamchurch Man, I tend to give it confident credence. And it is excellent news, because in the old days the very short season used to mean that there were some people sitting round doing nothing for all but six weeks of the year. But now, some seasonal employment lasts a little longer than it used to. And places like this can sell lots of wetsuits. Hurrah!

SNP poser

Last week, I noticed SNP leader Alex Salmond standing next to deputy leader, Nicola Sturgeon.

I won’t make the obvious cheap joke about these two, not least because there is a stubborn “d” preventing the dream joke. However, I do look forward to an appropriate posting from our own dear Fluffy Elephant.

The solution to school shootings – arm the students

A recent Virginia Tech graduate called Wayne Chiang has reaped the jackpot with his blog. Interestingly, he has hit on the solution for school and college shootings:

…the situation could have turned out better if other students were allowed to be armed.
I would call this the “OK Corrall” solution. The fellow is only 23 years old, so it is a bit unfair to quote him and throw him into this controversy (mind you, he has been getting 80,000 visitors a day to his blog so my little blog won’t make much difference). However, I mention the quote because it sums up what seems to be be the attitude of the USA, collectively, to guns. I am not sure whether it is an over-simplification to say this, but it all seems to have its origins in cowboy films.

Wonderful photo of Jeremy Thorpe and Jimi Hendrix

I am indebted to “Rusty Bullet” on, who has alerted me to the existence of this wonderful photograph, which is available from Easyart. I was not aware of it previously (perhaps some Liberal party history buffs may be?). I didn’t realise that the two great men had met. It is marvellous to see my two interests of music and Liberal politics coinciding in this way.

That looks like Noel Redding on the left.