Sunday, 27 May 2018

The New Look Revolution

It's not just about the railway. There were other things going on at the time we have chosen to set Porthkeres in 1947 and one of them was Dior's famous "New Look".

You don't need a diploma in vintage fashion to know that in 1947 Christian Dior launched his "New Look", the ultra-feminine antidote to wartime austerity, which revolutionised the way women dressed. In defiance of cloth rationing (which was still in effect in Britain until 1951) ladies adopted mid-calf length, full skirts. Slim pencil skirts were also popular. The waist was nipped in for an exaggerated hourglass figure. Reacting against the masculine, square-shouldered styles of the war years, the fashionable silhouette gained slightly sloping shoulders; dolman, Raglan, cap and smoothly set-in sleeve styles dominated.

The New Look Revolution

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Royal Romance

One of the biggest events taking place at the time that Porthkeres is set was Princess Elizabeth's engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, which was announced on 10 July 1947. Will there have been bunting and street parties in the village, we wonder?

The Royal Romance (1947)

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Dawlish railway station

Dawlish railway station
The railway follows the water's edge in Porthkeres as it does here in Dawlish.

Photo By mattbuck (category) (Own work by mattbuck.) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Cornish Language and Place Names in Cornwall

The name Porthkeres is Cornish for Cherry Port and the next town up the line, St. Elys, Cornish for Saint Elizabeth. Here's where we researched for the naming of those places.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Introduction to smuggling in southwest England

Polperro, on the south coast of Cornwall, an active fishing and smuggling port since the 12th century

Cave in Polperro by Paul Higgins [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Smugglers Cottage, Talland Bay Photo © Derek Harper (cc-by-sa/2.0)
There must be evidence of smuggling in Porthkeres, surely?

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Moorland Scenery

Moorland scenery near Halsetown, Cornwall
Photo © nick macneill (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Rocky Moorland below The Cheesewring
Photo © Des Blenkinsopp (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Inland from the port and beyond the village and the farmland, the land behind Porthkeres gives way to dramatic moorland. These examples match the picture in my mind.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Just a cliff

Just a cliff
At the far right of the layout in Porthkeres, the train will emerge from a tunnel under a cliff, something like this fine red one.

Photo © Joe Pritchard (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Friday, 6 April 2018

EKG of a 70-year-old man with exercise intolerance
Exercise intolerance - and not just exercise in the sports sense, but the difficulties can exist with any activity: depending on severity, even attepting to sit up can be too much - is a frequent symptom of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and the overlapping condition of Orthostatic intolerance (OI). 
Exercise intolerance is a condition of inability or decreased ability to perform physical exercise at what would be considered to be the normally expected level or duration. It also includes experiences of unusually severe post-exercise pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or other negative effects. Exercise intolerance is not a disease or syndrome in and of itself, but can result from various disorders.

Intolerance to exercise may be caused by unusual breathlessness (dyspnea), muscle pain (myalgia), tachypnoea (abnormally rapid breathing), tachycardia (having a faster heart rate than normal) or increasing muscle weakness; or exercise might result in severe headache, nausea, dizziness, occasional muscle cramps or extreme fatigue, which would make it intolerable.

From Wikipedia: Exercise intolerance

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