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  29 February 2000 : Volume 2  Issue 8

Old Shoreham at dusk from the west side of the River Adur

Local News

Please send any news items to:
Andy Horton

    Wildlife Reports 

    24 February 2000
    The patch of Glasswort, Salicornia europea,  that burst into life last year has had a lasting effect. Glasswort is an annual plant. However, the growths were accompanied by a mat of green algae and this can been seen clearly from the footbridge. Oystercatchers were the most noticeable bird probing with their long red bills where the algal mat meets the mud. Dunlins numbered about a dozen that come be seen clearly without binoculars from the footbridge at mid-tide level, and there were plenty of Black-headed Gulls and a few Redshanks
    Glasswort is the first colonising plant nearest the low tide mark. 
    Verdant Mud 1999

    From the RSPB pamphlet  "Birds and the Estuary"

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    Poetry Extract:

    With ceaseless motion comes and goes the tide 
    Flowing, it fills the channel vast and wide.
    Then back to sea, with strong majestic sweep 
    It rolls, in ebb yet terrible and deep.

    Crabbe, George (1754-1832), English poet, born at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. He practised medicine from 1774 to 1780, when he went to London to try to make a living by writing.

    Words of the Week

    onomastic  | nmastk |  n. & a. L16. [Gk onomastikos pertaining to naming, f. onoma name: see -IC.] A n.  1 = ONOMASTICON. Only in L16.  2 A writer of an onomasticon; a lexicographer. L16-E18. 3 In pl. (treated as sing.). The branch of knowledge that deals with the origin and formation of (esp. personal) proper names. M20. 

    B adj. 1 Of or relating to names, naming, or nomenclature. E18. 2 Of a signature on a legal document: (orig.) made by signing one's name as opp. to leaving a seal or mark; (later) applied by a person to a document in the handwriting of another. E19.
    1 American Speech An interesting onomastic question is whether names can be said to be translatable.
    onomastician  | -st()n |  n. an expert in or student of onomastics L20.

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


    Categories of names.

    The science that studies names in all their aspects is called onomastics (or onomatology--an obsolete word). The subject of this science is broad because almost everything can have a name and because the study of names theoretically encompasses all languages, all geographical and cultural regions, and all historical epochs. For practical purposes, some divisions of the subject are necessary; e.g., by language (as the study of Kiowa or Provençal names) or by geographical, historical, or similar partitions (the study of the names in India, of the Levant at the time of the Crusades, and so forth). 

    Another division (usually combined with the preceding ones) is given by the character of the names themselves; in a very broad categorization, names of persons, or personal names, are discerned on the one hand, and names of places, or place-names, on the other. In the most precise terminology, a set of personal names is called anthroponymy and their study is called anthroponomastics.

    A set of place-names is called toponymy, and their study is called toponomastics. In a looser usage, however, the term onomastics is used for personal names and their study, and the term toponymy is used for place-names and their study. The term toponymy itself can be understood in two ways, even in the exact terminology: either it is taken in the broadest possible way as including inhabited places, buildings, roads, countries, mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans, stars, and so on, or it is restricted to inhabited places (cities, towns, villages, hamlets). If the latter alternative is the understanding of the term toponymy, then the uninhabited places (e.g., fields, small parts of forests) are called microtoponymy; names of streets, roads, and the like are called hodonymy; names of bodies of water, hydronymy; names of mountains, oronymy. Additional terms are not generally used (though one occasionally hears words like chrematonymy--names of things).

    In any case, different categories of names frequently must be studied together, because there are transitions. For instance, many place-names are derived from personal names (e.g., Washington), many names of planets and stars are derived from the names of mythological characters (e.g., Venus, Mars, Alpha Centauri), and many personal names are derived from place-names, names of nations, and other such names (e.g., Austerlitz, Napoleon's battlefield; French; Scott). There is also a division of names into primary and secondary ones. Neptune is primarily the name of a Roman god; transferred to the name of a planet, it is a secondary name.

    Copyright (c) 1996 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

    Computer News

    The over-hyped Millennium Bug that caused few problems at the turn of the year, causes further problems on slightly outdated software on the Leap Year date. "Invalid Date" messages occur. Updating to Windows 98 is recommended if your computer is powerful enough to run it. 
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  • World Oceans Day

    Adur Exhibition                            Saturday 3 June 2000   10 am – 4.00 pm

    World Oceans Day Exhibition on 3 June 2000
    Adur will be one of the leaders in the United Kingdom for presenting an Exhibition on the Saturday preceding the official World Oceans Day. The event will take place in Shoreham-by-Sea, on Coronation Green, adjacent to the footbridge over the River Adur, in conjunction with the start of the Adur Festival. You are invited to participate, or just come along on the day. 

    Education about the Oceans

    The object of the exhibition is to provide information about the oceans. The Exhibition will include a display of live creatures, lobsters, crabs, shellfish etc. from the English Channel which the youngsters (and older people as well) can have a close look at and have their questions answered by experts.

    There will activities for the younger children, like colouring, face painting and competitions to make it a fun day out for all of the family.

    An Art and Sculpture Display inspired by the weird and wonderful creatures that live beneath the waves will add a new dimension to the show. 


    The Old Schoolhouse will hold a fête called “Becalmed” on the oceans theme with sideshows and cream teas. 

    If you receive this message as the Secretary of a club or organisation, we would be grateful if you could announce the exhibition to the members at a meeting, with our contact telephone numbers and Email addresses. If we have sent it to the old Secretary, please send it on to the new appointee.

    Opportunities for Contributions

    There is also an opportunity for anybody with an interest in the oceans to contribute towards the World Oceans Day Exhibition. This can be a variety of ways from the display of school projects on the oceans, to public display of works of art on the ocean theme, photographs of ocean life &/or sea birds, shingle flora, or anything else you can think of. If you just want to be part of the show, there are activities requiring helpers. A marquee will be provided for undercover events and shelter.

    A permanent display will also be held in the Civic Centre Foyer for the duration of the Adur Festival. There is also display space for Ocean Projects on the Internet. 

    We would appreciate it if you could indicate the size and nature of the display you wish to put on and let us know if you wish to participate before 27 March 2000.


    If you are interested and want to know more, please reply to:

    Natalie Brahma-Pearl 
    Tel:   01273  263347
    Adur District Council
    Civic Centre
    Ham Road
    West Sussex 
    BN43  6PR


    Andy Horton
    British Marine Life Study Society 
    Tel:  01273 465433

    URL= WOD2000.htm

    Best wishes,

    Andy Horton.
    Natalie Brahma-Pearl (Adur DC), Neil Mitchell, John Knight (both West Sussex CC), David Wood, Sandra Wright (Old Schoolhouse), Teresa Martin (Art Director). 
    Adur World Oceans Day.

    Historical Snippets

    1821 The permanent entrance to Shoreham Harbour was completed at its present location. This was important because the longshore drift of shingle had caused problems for centuries. In 1832, 1200 ships entered the port.  An average of four vessels a year were built in Shoreham during this decade.

    A regular Steam Packet sailed to le Haura and Dieppe in France. A Custom House was constructed in 1830. This building which became the Town Hall up to the 1980's is still standing. (In 1847, nearby Newhaven took over as the cross-channel port of Sussex.)

    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea

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