Very busy weekend in Hastings - Saturday, the town was heaving. We went to look at the famous Collective Spirit Boat which was 'moored' on the Stade open space - bit of a swizz that it had arrived by road instead of sailing here - apparently the weather was too bad. I don't quite understand what this Cultural Olympics is supposed to be about - someone has also just balanced a tilting coach on the edge of the De La Warr Pavilion as in the Italian Job.... what has any of this got to do with fostering national sporting effort?
I thought the Olympics were supposed to leave a legacy of improved sporting facilities and increased take-up of activities? I guess what we have instead is a few more playing fields sold off for development. Don't get the wrong idea, Battleaxe is not a sporty type - I'd rather look at a boat or a wobbling coach than run round a track or puff and pant in the gym any day, but one has to worry about fat kids I guess.
Anyway, the boat was pretty. I liked the guitars and hockey sticks, and the Philosopher was keen on the spirit level. There was a bit from Hastings, too - see below.
Our friends also grumbled about the horrendous traffic jams in the Old Town. I expect loads of people were arriving because of the beer/music festival.