Chesil & The Fleet

Chesil1A Sound Journey

Ray Beckett, a sound engineer who has worked on over 40 films and won an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on The Hurt Locker (2009), has produced a marvellous sound evocation of the West Dorset coast, with seven tracks, each from a different location on the shore, from Burton Bradstock to the Fleet lagoon.

The effect produced by stripping away all senses save one is exquisite. Listen to the CD; give it to friends; take it with you on journeys as a memory of home; and if you’re insomniac, play it in bed at night and drift into the arms of Morpheus.

The CD can be bought from the Music Shop in South Street, or from Practical Recordings:

By |January 4th, 2015|Beachcomber|0 Comments

Requiem for a Dolphin

By John Pownall

David BowieDown on East Beach, along near Freshwater, just the other day, I came across a group of people and dogs gathered around a long, pinkish fish, lying prone and lifeless on the shingle.

“Dolphin,” said one. “Poor thing,” said another. Two glossy, black Labradors silently circled the corpse. “Skin has come off, that’s why it’s that colour,” said one person. “Who knows how far it swam, the Gulf perhaps?” said another. Our talk was like the skeleton of a conversation, it had no shape, no body. There was nothing to say and yet quite an event to contemplate, to understand. I walked away a little, it was time to go.

They say that Dolphins have bigger brains than humans. What consciousness expired, I wondered, in those final moments on our beautiful beach? I realised that the world I walked in was the negative of the dolphin’s own. The dolphin had drowned, exposed to an element it could not survive. Even now she should be swimming in her own liquid world, far from the noise and clamour of the dry one. I wished I had brought my trunks, so that I might plunge into the golden water, cleanse myself of the burden of this one – to swim, like dolphins can swim.

By |December 31st, 2014|Beachcomber, John Pownall|0 Comments