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[March 8] The sort of entertainment to be had in Hastings. These posters were up inside the pub. "The Cureheads" and "Siouxsie and the Budgies" show would have happened, being three days before the UK lockdown started. "Bon Giovi", "Special Kinda Madness", "The Riffs", and "Dirty DC" are all fated to be SOL.
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[March 8] This is the pub we eventually found. While it has the appearance of being as old as the house beside the abbey gatehouse in Battle, I found out later from the proprietor of a small ice-cream shop I stopped at on the way back to the car that it's "a lie" (his words.) He told me that the building is "not old" and was built by an American businessmanget thisin the 1880s. This "not old", "lie" of a building is older than any building in Vancouver, except maybe the @hastingsmillmuseum (which is the only building in Vancouver older than the 1886 fire.)
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[March 8] The plan for Hastings was to visit those castle ruins on the hill. That's the first Norman castle in England, built for William the Conqueror. The first task was to walk along the high street looking for somewhere we could get a decent meal that would also allow my nieces to bring their dog in. That *any* place allowed dogs in seemed odd to my Canadian sensibilities, but it is not at all unusual in England. The pub in Battle let us in with the dog without question. As the five of us walked (six counting the dog) I kept falling behind. After sitting for a bit in the pub at Battle and in the car for the drive from Battle to Hastings, my legs had gotten even more stiff. Nothing to do but walk it out, though.
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[March 8] After the abbey we all went for a walk along the High Street. First we popped into a antiques and collectibles shop where I picked up this handful of old-money coins. The 10 new pence coins aren't "old-money" per-se, but they are part of the transition from old-money to decimal. They went into circulation three years ahead of decimalisation had the same value as a florin (24d) and were minted the same size as the old florin coins. The 10p coins of this size have since been demonetised and replaced with smaller coins that are about the size of Canadian and American quarters. We continued along to find a pub, which we found in the George Hotel. I should have taken a picture in the pub, it was wonderfully typical.
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[March 8] The wall-walk and gatehouse. The wall was part of the abbey early on, built for privacy and to deter robbers/raiders. The abbey was fortified during the 100 Years War including the crenelations and defensive structures of the gatehouse that I mentioned earlier. It struck me as I walked along the wall-walk, which doesn't look so bad in this picture, that something similar would never be open to the public in a backward country without universal health care. The walk is narrow, uneven, there is a significant drop on the in-side for most of the length with no railing, and even the out-side wall wasn't more than 80cm or so higher than the walk, which struck me as both as easy to fall over and barely high enough to duck behind if someone outside was shooting arrows at you.
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