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August 8, 2007
'Oh I do love to be beside the seaside...' And I am - here in Blackpool, watching the gulls wheeling against an improbably blue sky.

The place is comic postcard gaudiness and tackiness, but it is also the little girl in the ageless pink dress industriously building a mysterious sand construction which the next tide will wash away.

The weather is the perfect balance point which the British summer sometimes, gloriously, achieves - sunshine with enough cloud for moments of cooling, warm enough for bare arms but not so hot as to make walking a sweaty, uncomfortable business. Happy days!