Seashore Life and Pattern ... by Professor T A Stephenson of Zoology, at the University of Wales ... is a small book, published 1944, where this illustration appears, and where he asks ...
What is the relation between beauty in nature and beauty in art?
There is a good deal of truth in the remark that ‘Science is the art of studying natural phenomena; art is the science of giving expression to the creations of our minds’ ...
|No Parking! this was a car park before|
erosion swept it into the sea at
I thought quite appropriate to the mix of A- Z challengers ... authors, artists, photographers, creative spirits ... across a very broad arena of life ... coming across these phrases gelled with me, as to who we all are ... artists and creators all ...
|showing longshore wave action with|
Some extra Xs:
Holderness, Yorkshire has since Roman times, lost a strip of land 3.5 miles (5.6 km) wide, with as many as 29 settlements disappearing;
|Effect of Longshore drift - letting sediment build|
up so that in due time it forms a spit of land
Topographically, Holderness has more in common with the Netherlands than other parts of Yorkshire ... in recent years the average loss is 5.5 feet (1.7m) per year ... which is the fastest rate of coastal erosion in Europe.
|Longshore drift waves in action|
Many of you asked about LongShore Drift ... i.e. how the shore was lost, and how it is regained ... I hope these diagrams explain it sufficiently ....
|A cave on Garbh Eilean in the Shiant Isles.|
(In 1549 Monro wrote that" through the arch we used
to row or sail with our boats, for fear of horrible break
of the sea that is on the outward side of the point.")
Wikipedia’smain page today features “The Western Isles of Scotland” – talk about coincidence with my A-Z Island post - makes interesting reading, about a clergyman, Donald Monro (1526 – 1574), who wrote this, in what is known as the oldest, account of the Hebrides and the Islands of the Clyde.
Underground Caverns, my U post, I mentioned Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “The Man in the Brown Suit”, which included the concept of the cave system into the storyline.
I’ve now read the book which was published in 1924, Christie and her first husband had completed a world tour in 1922 as part of a trade mission for the forthcoming British Empire Exhibition.
The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 by Agatha Christie was published on 17 Jan 2013 ...
... withThe Guardian article noting that the publisher David Brawn believes the letters will demonstrate how “her appetite for exotic plots and locations for her books began with this eye-opening trip”,
... with her time in South Africa “very clearly the inspiration for her book The Man in the Brown Suit” ...
Her second husband was an archaeologist, but the descriptions based on the CephalicIndex must have come from her rich knowledge of Kents Cavern, Torquay obtained while growing up nearby ...
... she puts to use the shape of her characters’ heads, as to placement at a particular scene, or not ...
Dolichocephalic (long headed)
Brachycephalic (wide headed)
The Cephalic Index was used to classify ancient human remains ... and was probably used in realising that Kents Cavern had been occupied by at least eight separate, discontinuous native (British) populations ...
After the mystery is solved ... the heroine cables a reply to her friend in London, on being asked the shape of her newborn’s head ....
‘Platycephalic!’ after the platypus ... this amused me! As Christie notes ... only a one word, economical and to the point ... all that was needed in reply to the query.
|Agatha Christie surfing - c/o The Guardian|
I had seen via the 2011 newspaper reports on the publication of these Grand Tour Letters and Photographs ... a photo of Agatha Christie surfing ... this she gives mention to trying the sport in her Man in the Brown Suit mystery ...
Also I could relate to the places she visited in South Africa ... sort of a busman’s dreamy holiday for me ...
|The Cuckoo Wrasse|
Sara asked under W for Cuckoo Wrasse ... why is it called that? ... here’s why:
|Our common wild bluebell|
Apparently the Cornish fishermen associated the blue markings with bluebell flowers. In the Cornish language a bluebell is a “bleujen an gog”: literally meaning “the cuckoo flower” ...
That was really the ZZZZed end of my X for extra notes on Aspects of British Coasts ... but I have one final WAVE to really round the A-Z off ... one of the participants, Susan of Sue’s Trifles (here is her Reflections Post) wrote this poem in January to the Waves of our WinterWinds:
Need a JCB?
Hire the Irish Sea!
Holes dug, moved earth,
Bridges shifted, banks worth
Just a thought!
On going through my posts to find questions I need to answer .. I see I OWE MANY OF YOU COMMENTS or at least visits ... apologies ... someone didn’t give me enough time?! Can we grow it ...?!
PS A JCB is the generic term for a variety of earth diggers ...
Also I'm going to ruthlessly go through my Reader ... it's reached nightmare levels ... I hope I'll catch a post or two of yours on the way through ...
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