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Shoreham-by-Sea and District, West Sussex, England

31 January 2000 : Volume 2  Issue 5


The South-east Economic Development Agency (SEEDA) have purchased the Ropetackle site from Adur District Council. They have promised to consult the public over their wishes for the development scheme. 

The House of Lords Bill to replace "Trial by Jury" by "Summary Jurisdiction" for all crimes likely to be faced by ordinary people is unethical in my book, not only because of the nature of the legislation, but also because of the origin of the Bill in the Lords, which is a tactic used only for non-controversial Bills that do not need debating in the House of Commons. The Bill hardly qualifies. It is highly controversial because it puts the Magistrate or Judge in the position of both deciding on the facts and determining the sentence.

Please send any comments to:
Andy Horton

    Wildlife Reports 

    26 January 2000
    After a sub-zero night, the bright sun throughout the day still left patches frost on the riverbank in the late afternoon. The flood River Adur was still as a millpond and the sun low in the sky cast strong reflections. Lapwings foraged in their thousands on the airfield. As usual in January, Redshanks, hunted amongst the Sea Purslane in the river shallows. 

    Best Solar Eclipse Photographs (from Cornwall)

    Poetry Extract

    The answer is Blowin' in the Wind

    Oh the time will come up
    When the winds will stop
    And the breeze will cease to be breathin'.
    Like the stillness in the wind
    'Fore the hurricane begins,
    The hour when the ship comes in.

    Bob Dylan  (When the Ship Comes In) 

     Standing on the waters casting your bread
    While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing.
    Distant ships sailing into the mist,
    You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing. 

    Bob Dylan (Jokerman) 

  • Words of the Month

    Original Cornish name for the chough
    Palores is a form of Cornish spelling. The female person often takes this ending such as in Pysk - fish, pyskador - fisherman, pyskadores - fisherwoman. Or to teach -dyski, dyskador - male teacher, dyskadores - female teacher. (Common Cornish spelling) And unsurprisingly, palor is a male digger. Pal means shovel, and palas is to dig (feminine).

    Cornish words to make it into the English language proper include Wrasse and Porbeagle.

    The palores etymology is still under discussion on the One-List/Cornish Wildlife site

    chough  | tLf |  n. ME. [Prob. imit.] 1 A jackdaw or related bird. Now rare exc. as below. ME.  2 A small crow of the genus Pyrrhocorax; spec. (a)the red-legged, red-billed P. pyrrhocorax (orig. called Cornish chough), which in Britain frequents western cliffs; ...

    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
    Developed by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc. All rights reserved.

    Question: why is the name pronounced "chuff"?

    Computer Tips

    There are several ways to copy or move multiple files in Windows Explorer under Windows 95.

    I expect that you already know that if you press Control before choosing a file, you can choose more than one. Also, click on the first file you wish to copy, move or delete etc. and then hold down the Shift key. Then go to the last file you wish to copy. All the intervening files will be highlighted.

    The second method is to put the cursor near the file you wish to copy and lasso a rectangle containing all the files. This will work under both large icons, small icons list and the details view.

    Now, suppose you want to copy almost all the files in a directory. There is a quick way to do this. The first choice is to Select All, and then click on the files you do not want to copy which will no longer be highlighted. Then return to the Edit menu and select Invert Selection.

    Another trick is to use the first method and then continue by pressing the Control key. 

    All these tricks are very much mouse-orientated. Personally, I recommend a Trackball. I use the cheapest Logitech model (under £25).

    PC Pro (March 2000) includes a full copy of Xara3D on it cover disc. This is a program that can develop three dimensional headings on your web site, and these can be animated as well. The latest version of the program is also included as a demonstration on the cover disc.

    The marketing strategy to sell this program looks like a winner!


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    Historical Snippets

    The Toll Bridge

    1781 The wooden bridge over the River Adur at Old Shoreham was built, replacing a ferry. The bridge was rebuilt to a similar design in 1916 and up until 1971 was the main A27 road for all traffic passing through Shoreham.

    See last but one issue on Adur.
    New research:  Old river names like the Thames often have ancient origins, pre-Saxon, i.e. Celtic. I have now discovered the Cornish (Celtic) word "dowr" and the Welsh "dwfr" which means water. The must be a possibility that Adur was in existence as the common name of the river before Michael Drayton erronously attributed 'Portus Adurni' to a location near the current Adur (if indeed Adurni was at Portchester). 
    Now, there still must be considerable doubt over the origin Adur from the Celtic (there are no comparable names in Wales or Cornwall).

    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea
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