Folkestonomy


Fireworks


Wow what brilliant fireworks, World Famous certainly did a good job, fireworks and music all over the place, fireworks up at the castle and in the harbour and over the breakwater. I sneaked on the boat really easily, getting off the other end was quite simple noone in France has any idea what I am, they didn't even think to ask for my ticket.

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Dover


I'm in Dover now, can you see the castle, it's great to be out in the sunshine again, I hear that they have got some fireworks on tonight I'm going to get on a boat when they are all watching the fireworks all those woooshings and bangs noone will notice me.

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Away


I'm off I've had enough of this place I'm going to Dover and abroad, I've had my plugs changed to fit those European sockets and I'm off to see pastures anew.

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I'm bored

All alone
All alone

I'm sitting in this shed of death, surrounded by bits of dead seagulls and old dusty safes, I've had enough with this dusty old tarpaulin on top of me, it's not even mine someone stole mine so the invigilators took this dusty one.......ah....well

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Last journey.....

All lit up
All lit up
Driving along past the old Rotunda
Driving along past the old Rotunda
The truck trundling behind
The truck trundling behind
Going towards the harbour...can you see the lights?
Going towards the harbour...can you see the lights?

Well we tried, it did look better in reality, and you can just see Olivia's hand again, still waving goodbye.  as we drove along we found the truck so she came along behind us, we drove up past the Visitor Centre and gave loud toots on the horn, they came out and waved us both by.  Hoorahs and grins all round.

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Vinnie's Mum


What with all the partying of the last weekend I quite forgot my fairy lights to decorate the float with on its last homeward journey. So I phoned up Vinnie's mum, they are featured in the Triennial book  on Pae White's Barking Rocks and she bought all her Christmas lights.  Whilst I was attaching the lights she set to work taking out the add ons, what else are friends for?


Olivia is waving goodbye...goodbye.


On the last day the sun was shining gently, September sun is very different to August sun and the air was different too. We had lots of folk who knew about the float and wanted to take part.  The lower Leas park is such a delight.

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Stuck

The coat goes on
The coat goes on
More discussion and Leah dances on the cones
More discussion and Leah dances on the cones
Ruts - little ones.
Ruts - little ones.
Heros - Jeannie, Adam, Leah and Kalum
Heros - Jeannie, Adam, Leah and Kalum

Those of you who have taken part int his project will know that we have had lots of small problems which we have overcome, that's what happens when you work with a one off or maybe it's a prototype. However today I thought that I might finish the project with a large bang.
Sophie and I became stuck on Eastcliff, I had driven onto the grass, then it rained At 5 o'clock,driving back to the harbour time, the grass was slippy and then I discovered the float was driven by the back wheels as they span on the grass. I kept slipping back as I tried to get forward. Driving the float is nothing like a car, I have been stuck on mud before but you cannot rock a float out on a cliff when it weighs 3.7 ton and there is a huge drop down to the sea behind you.
However I had rescuers, a wonderful family who were walking their dog and then they phoned Dad for back up.We took the sand bags off, we put them over the wheels, Adam and Kalum jumped on the back. Then the team from the Triennial appeared, more movement happened, but I was still stuck. they went off to get some wood to put under the wheels. We had decided that ultimately we could use the Library Truck to tow us out. Then I think it was Jeannie or Leah who suggested the car mats to put under the back wheels, don't try that, the two rubbers rubbing together smoke. But Jeannie got the dog's towel out of the car put that under the wheel and off I drove with the help of a white towel.
Thanks to everyone.

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Tag

Abi sitting on the Leas surrounded by tags.
Abi sitting on the Leas surrounded by tags.

Lots of signs, not many people around Folkestone today, it had the feel of the town getting back to work after the summer holidays, we still have visitors staying in the Burstin but they are rarely interested in the Folkestonomy float, sometimes they ask what it is but rarely want a go.
All the children are back at school, only a few more days to go and lots of the invigilators will be back to uni and the rest of us in other jobs.

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Chodzko

Give us a hand
Give us a hand

I was covering lunches on Sunday, I started at the Metropole, along to the kite kiosk and then Chodzko - a short film. Chodzko's 'Pyramid' is nothing less than “the creation of a myth”, well that's what it says on the website. Whilst I was in there I saw this had and Gavin demonstrated its usefulness! There are two of them so if you need a hand, go on down to the Stone Store.

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