…And Neglecting You All!
So, sorry about that!
I recently heard from an ex teacher of mine that it didn’t appear that I was blogging nearly as much as I had done last year. Sorry if you guys are feeling neglected. This time last year we were planning the road trip from Tenerife to Turkey, so I had plenty to inform you of, right now, there are no plans afoot, ( saying that the Skipper has just carried up an armful of charts and pilot books!!) and I have just been studying intensely so I can get the whole year 8 schoolwork completed by the end of April so we can set off on our travels.
I do have plans for blogs in the very near future. In actual fact one of the latest blogs planned was knocked sideways by the weather. We were/ are planning on an exploration of a couple of interesting, new sights, so feel assured, I’ll tell you all about them when the weather offers us a sunshiney weekend.
I also have an interview to do with a friend of mine who has just returned from a trip around Cape Horn and a sailing adventure in the Antarctic, this will be an exciting read! I can’t wait to tell you all about his story!
And I have a Fethiye blog lined up for next week too, just sampling a few more of the towns offerings before this one comes together.
School has involved a wide range of subjects lately including cooking where I have produced my first ever cheesecake and my first ever quiche , both great successes and very tasty, I actually impressed myself, and mum and Geoff!
School has also involved a diverse range of academic topics of study too. One of these (ironically) was Newquay. I say ironically because, for those of you who don’t know, Newquay is the town that I am originally from!
For geography I was supposed to be looking at the touristic side of the seaside town and as I discussed the topic with Mum and Geoff this became more involved and we discussed the economic state of the town and its general change. Soon mum had turned the discussion into a project… It has been quite an interesting discovery for me, learning how the town I was born in has changed and evolved over the decades and I’ve posted the project so you can see too.
Another interesting topic which popped up in English and became another interesting debate, thus project (!) was the 2010 BP oil disaster, believe it or not!
I’ve posted this assignment here too, hopefully they will be of some interest to you.
As you can see, I have been busy writing, and even as I write this introduction Skipper is studying charts. This means some planning is looming! I’ll keep you all posted, promise!
Newquay: The Surf Capital of Great Britain…
Located on the northern side of the county of Cornwall, Newquay is a casual seaside town, which is a haven amongst families. With over Half a million visitors a year, the small fishing village has been moved aside to make way for a surfer and family paradise.
With its fine golden sand beaches, beautiful countryside, and its large variety of things to do, it’s no wonder Newquay is one of the top ten most visited places in the U.K. In the summer, many surfing competition’s take place here, such as the world-famous Board masters. This annual surfing event began in 1981, and is still a main economy provider to the town. However, where did all of this surfing culture and family bucket and spade holiday begin…and how did it turn out to be the town it is today…. Well, I’m going to take you on a trip, and show you what Newquay was like through the decades…
50’s and 60’s Newquay
With World War Two over, and much of Europe in bankruptcy, and the U.K struggling to control its Empire, Newquay’s economy struggled. Despite some visitors coming on holiday by train to come and visit the picturesque landscape and world famous beaches, there were hardly any tourists. During the war, most of the big hotels in the town (Such as the world renown Headland Hotel, Atlantic Hotel) were hospitals for the Allied soldiers, making Newquay a heavily defended town, and also an important place for the Allies. During the war, many schools were evacuated to Cornwall too, most notably Benenden Girls’ School.
By the sixties, Britain was back on its feet, so holidays became much more popular for the coastal Town. With its own small railway, and the introduction of the passenger jet, the town was able to control the influx of tourists. However, a major revelation had grasped the Cornish town. Over in the jolly USA, a water sport called Surfing had made a large cultural impact, and before anyone knew it, surfing had made its impact in the U.K.
Before this time, people used to use thin, flat, box shaped boards, which they lay down on and caught the waves with. Now Surfing had made its impact, everybody bought a surfboard. Surfboard factories had popped up all over the county, and Newquay’s economy rose 40%. Newquay had hit a Jackpot, and tourism was now the main industry.
Throughout the Sixties, surfing was a major upside to the town. In 1966, a mighty wave just off the main headland of Newquay, was surfed for the first time. It was called, The Cribbar. The Four men who performed this mighty feat were, English man Ric Fariar, Australian men whose names were Pete Russell and Johnny McElroy and American Jack Lydgate. They were the first men to surf the mighty 30ft wave, capable of killing a human being.
They had done the impossible, and had started a trend known as “Big Wave Surfing”. This trend would continue for the next 40 years. As the Sixties rolled past, the Seventies were lurking in the distance, and unknown future was ahead…
70’s and 80’s Newquay
With many of the railway lines going to Newquay closing down, air travel was one of the main ways of getting to Newquay. Dan-Air offered direct flights from London Stansted, and because It was a long way for families to travel, by the time they arrived they felt like they were going abroad.
Newquay had really taken off as a surfing hotspot, and for the next few decades, the towns largest beach, Fistral beach, would become internationally renowned. In the 1970’s, Newquay was sold to visitors as a surfing destination and people took to the waves after being inspired by the beach lifestyle encapsulated by The Beach boys, who sang many famous surf related songs. During the 70’s, Newquay became known as the surfing capital of the U.K, and a larger influx of international tourists came to the Cornish Town.
As the decades rolled past, the eighties were present, and the town was now the number one Bucket and Spade destination of the U.K for families. The child friendly atmosphere of the town, and ever growing town was becoming rapidly bigger, and Newquay was now a regular stop for the Surfing World Championship, as well as the newly created, Board masters festival, which rose to popularity as soon as it began in 1981. Board masters was a music festival, which encompassed a surfing and skateboarding competition.
Unfortunately, this was the beginning of the decline.
During this time, the countryside around Newquay became much more popular. When people think about Newquay, they immediately think about the beaches – which yes they are beautiful but a 5 minute drive and you will be surrounded by endless miles of fields, countryside and woods! Newquay was now at its peak with family holidays, but a new period of time and attitude was approaching fast….the 90’s.
The 1990’s were the time of Newquay’s economic decline. With more partying teenagers coming to the small coastal town, Newquay’s Bucket and Spade outlook had gone, and had now made way for the fast approaching party period. Over the coming years, It would start to be known as the “Party Capital of the South” Despite surfers still coming to the U.K, the town had lost its Californian impression and people began to stay away.
However, the beaches remained a highlight for coming to the town. During the next few years in Newquay, teenagers from near and far flocked to the coastal town, though, it didn’t create such an economic surge the Family period had. Newquay was now a hub for Stag do’s, Hen parties and teenage partyers, plus binge drinkers. The towns reputation began its descent.
Newquay in the 2000’s
As Newquay became less and less of a family destination, the towns economy suffered, night clubs started to appear (More popular than ever), and the invasion of party wanting teenagers began to increase. The town was now on a fast decline with families, and on a steady rise with party people.
Back in the summer of 1968, the place where teenagers wanted to go was San Francisco, preferably with flowers in their hair. However, the summers of 2008, 09 and 10 saw large numbers of teenagers planning their trip to Newquay, with a small bottle of vodka hidden down their pants. Newquay now had an infectious up-tempo vibe, exactly what family holidaymakers didn’t want.
For a few years, Newquay became a haven for parties and nightclubs, putting lots of strain on all the emergency services.
In 2008, a terrible accident occurred in the town, when a 17-year-old boy was killed after a 3am fall from a cliff. The teenager called Paddy Higgins fell from the top of a cliff above one of Newquay’s beaches, and ultimately, he died from the impact. His plunge 70 feet to his death came two hours after a picture showed him and his friends holding a glass of clear liqueur…. This picture shows he was underage drinking. The family of Paddy Higgins tried to put Newquay under boycott from visitors, but it failed. However, police were told to tighten their rules, so they began many patrols along the cliffs and beaches, making sure nobody else got hurt or killed. Lots more safety measures were put in place-stretching the existing towns budget and resources.
As of present day, problems of terrorism abroad, and the cost of flights abroad becoming higher and higher, I do suspect Newquay will become a major player in family destinations in the U.K for the next few years, especially since its teenage and party attitude has started to decline, but only the future will tell…
Newquay really does have an uncertain future though. With partyers now going to eastern Europe because it’s cheaper, Newquay is trying to make itself a family destination like it was in the 80’s. So far, visitor number are picking up. Numbers show us that in 2010, there were 441,000, but in 2011, this number of visitors had risen and was at 545,000, the numbers once again fell to 500,000 the following year.
Newquay does have a chance though, with its zoo, aquarium, beaches, historical sites all around, and not too far away, the world-famous Eden Project, attractions like this should create an all year round business boom for the town.
With 2017 just beginning, and a sure increase of tourists, will Newquay rise from the ashes, or will it decline steadily even more…. only time will tell.
The BP Oil Spill
Date: 20th April 2010
Location: 41 mile south of the Louisianan coastline, in the centre of the Gulf of Mexico
Accident Type: The largest oil spill in American history
On the 20th of April, 41 miles from the Louisianan Coastline, The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, leased by Transocean To BP-(British Petroleum), exploded. Out of the total 126 people on board, 11 were killed, but much more damage happened to the surrounding Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife, beaches, and culture.
On the 20th of April, 2010, The BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, exploded. On the very same day, the Deepwater Horizon was celebrating being BP’s safest oil rig in the Gulf. This was a massive step forward for British Petroleum, since the last decade had been full of oil accidents in America. For example, in 2005, an explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery killed 15 workers and injured 180 in one of the worst industrial accidents in US history. During 2006 Two leaks at BP’s giant Prudhoe Bay oilfield in Alaska, created the largest oil spill ever in the United States biggest oil field. In 2009, a BP Pipeline leaked oily material onto the tundra at BP’s 30,000 barrel per day Lisburne field in Alaska. As you can see, BP had a track record for disasters in America. BP was also one of the most recognisable and richest Petroleum companies in the world.
When the rig exploded in the evening of the 20th of April, a large fire broke out, and oil started to spill out of the oil pipe. As people started to evacuate, the rig became engulfed in fire, as if it were a small sun sitting above ten metres above the water. The rig had been soaked in condensed Methane, making the rig highly flammable. Before they abandoned the rig, a Mayday had been sent out to nearby ships, as well as the local coastguards and at the same time, Crude oil and gas surged from the oil well, feeding the uncontrollable fire.
Most workers had escaped on the lifeboats, but some workers were still on board, so they threw themselves 18 metres into the warm, oily water. The Deepwater Horizon burned for 36 hours, and then sank, into the deepest depths of the Gulf of Mexico. Now the Fire was out of the way, Americas main worry was the Crude oil, countinueing to pump out, in to the Gulf of Mexico. This small fire had turned into a major political, environmental, and culture disaster, to Both America, and BP.
The Obama administration were told immediately by the coastguard and local councils. Soon, both BP and the British Government had been informed of the terrible accident. Obama selected some of the finest American detectives, to try and work out how this 21st century oil rig, had turned into an inferno in a matter of seconds. During a press conference, Obama said:” We will make BP pay for the damage they have caused. We will do whatever it takes to help the Gulf coast” and Obama’s Interior minister, Ken Salazar said, “Our job is to put the boot on the neck of British Petroleum”
Meanwhile, in the U.K, there was outrage at the U.S, because although BP was using the rig, the rig was actually owned by Transocean, an American oil company who had leased Deepwater Horizon to BP. As the Deepwater horizon well kept on leaking out oil, a major clean-up operation started..
The US turned down foreign aid, and the world watched in horror, as a beautiful coastline, became a large, oily coated sea. The Deepwater Horizon was world renown for being the deepest oil rig at the time, and many people thought this would be an accident. As a result of the spill, BP got nicknames like: British Pollution, Big Problem, Bad Planning and Baddest People. As rumours and conspiracies continued to swirl around, Obamas detectives continued to search and find out what the cause of the explosion was.
Most people thought the explosion was caused by a blowout at the well, but some conspiracy theorists have other ideas. Some people thought that the explosion was caused by a different petroleum company, since by doing this they would have knocked out one of the largest petrol companies in the world, thus limiting the competition.
The previous day, Israel had celebrated its 62nd anniversary for independence. The same day, The U.S had said that it would now stop helping Israel in the united nations and foreign affairs. Theorists believe the rig exploded because of a torpedo launched from an Israeli submarine, as payback to the U.S for ditching them. Others think that aliens from area 51 came and blew it up.
I believe that the company Halliburton, who helped to build and create the rig were responsible. Halliburton director Anthony Badalamenti in Texas had been charged for deleting data related to the deadly BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in September 2013. This could mean he was trying to hide something, and the fact that the cement that would go down the pipe didn’t work.
They did not tell BP that it wouldn’t work. For 86 days, crude oil spilled out in to the Gulf, and an estimated 5 million barrels were released during those days, spreading environmental and economic disaster, for the Gulf of Mexico.
The consequences of this accident are still apparent today, and are still causing devastation thought the gulf. BP, Transocean and Haliburton were all responsible for the accident in my opinion,but both Haliburton and Transocean largely blame BP for this unforgettable disaster.
hope you enjoy the read Mr. Cornish!