Saturday, 12 April 2014

Sympathy For The Devil



"Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste." 
Well, almost. 
"I've been around for long, long years, stole many a man's soul and faith.'"
But then actually, not quite...
"Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name? But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game..."

Exmouth is situated on the East coast of Devon and marks the western end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Devon is in England, of course, in the northern hemisphere of the third rock from the sun. On one side of Exmouth just further along the coast there is the town of Budleigh Salterton, known to locals as 'God's waiting room' due to the large number of elderly people there. It's a toss up between Hilary Mantel and Giles Wemmbley Hogg as to who its most famous resident is. On the other side is Lympstone, referred to in the Domesday Book as 'Lumpshyte', which is something estate agents for some reason fail to ever mention. One of its biggest claims to fame is that Dave Davies, lead guitarist of The Kinks once lived there. Say no more.

In many ways Exmouth is a typical English coastal town with all the delights and problems which that entails. Personally, I like it here though it's probably fair to say it has an image problem that's constantly exasperated by the actions of those in charge. Not that most local people could care less for they know that all human life is here and nowhere is that more true than in the abundance of charity shops in the town where all that same human life flows through. If it's in this world then at some point it will end up in a charity shop in Exmouth. It will be given a quick clean and then sold on, all for a good cause.

This blog, then, is - in part - the world as reviewed through a charity shop in Exmouth. 
This is Exmouth re-imagined.
Books - lots of books - films, music, magazines, clothes, haberdashery, flotsam, jetsam, news, people, gossip, politics... 
The cornucopia of everyday life.

Herein are reports from the front line of human existence.

This is the art of Exmouth.

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