After a very steep learning curve and not much to show for it, I have decided release all of my short films for permanent viewing. They are placed in order of their production so that everyone can see how bad I was in the beginning now that I have reached the heady heights of 1970's mediocrity.

If you laugh at least one of them, then I for one believe that I have done my job. I hope that you enjoy them.

Click on the link to watch the film.




MY LITTLEHAMPTON - A history of promise


LITTLEHAMPTON - A History of Promise

The seaside town of Littlehampton, home to the Body Shop, the contentious East Beach Cafe and – of course - the world’s longest bench!

While its status of a prosperous port and holiday destination brought it economic success during the 19th and 20th centuries, Littlehampton’s industry has since been in decline, and as such, this once flourishing seaside resort is now better known as a home to the single parent family and the motability scooter. In fact so popular is the motability scooter around Littlehampton, there appears to be a growing underground culture of serious pimping!

Of course there is more to Littlehampton than just a struggling social class. The harbour has been witness to centuries of shipping activity which dates back to roman times.

The fishing industry was once very strong, with lobsterpots and nets being assembled all along the pier road. In fact, even an oyster bed was found off the local beaches and the Oyster Pond – a well known land mark - was later created in 1822 to store them – of course now it’s just a regular pond.

As the coal and timber trade declined during the 20th century, agricultural imports increased. Then from 1967 the harbour began to receive thousands of tons of limestone, granite and other heavy stone, unfortunately this trade also went into decline as the port was unable to compete with the likes of Southampton, Shoreham and Newhaven – all of which were able to receive much larger vessels.

Littlehampton’s future now lies mainly with leisure activities, but it does serve a lifeboat station – made famous for becoming the base for the first ever Blue Peter lifeboat.

The river Arun, around which the town of Littlehampton was built, has a history of dropping tons of sediment at the river mouth which can silt up its entrance. Over the centuries huge amounts of work has been carried out to both secure and increase the accessibility of the harbour which resulted in the east and west piers being extended out into sea in the late 1700’s.

The current lighthouse was constructed near the entrance of the east pier in 1948. Its predecessors included the well liked ‘Salt and Pepper Pots’. Unfortunately these were demolished during the Second World War because they provided clear landmarks for attacking the harbour. The pier itself is rather an overstatement of perhaps no more than 100 meters in length. However it does offer a fantastic view of the west pier – a huge wooden breakwater created from wooden piling that reaches far out into the Littlehampton Channel.

The harbour has also played a part in military operations. Henry VIII ships used Littlehampton Harbour as a supply port around the time of the flag ship - the Mary Rose. The Mary Rose accidentally sank in the Solent during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545.

During the Napoleonic wars a defensive fort was constructed on the western side of the harbour mouth in 1854. Unfortunately after 16 years it was inspected and found to be inadequate to defend the harbour due to the advances of modern artillery. That being the case it was dismantled in 1891 - but the rampart and Carnot wall are still in place and be seen from the West beach nature reserve.

Littlehampton has also had its fair share or celebrities – although no-one of note has been seen recently. During its heyday it had an almost hypnotic draw to the rich and famous including Shelley, Coleridge, and Lord Byron. Lord Byron actually swam the river which is no mean feat as the river Arun is one of the fastest of all the British rivers. He is seen here in a portrait which I presume to have been taken immediately after his swim. And, not least of course, was John Constable, who painted the harbour in 1835. Even Samuel Pepys – Admiralty inspector and famous diarist visited the Harbour during the 1660’s in order to keep a check the quality of timber that was being brought in to build admiralty ships.

Perhaps the most famous Englishman in history – Horatio Nelson - also found time to visit Littlehampton. Nelson was on a ship here in 1801 when Admiral Phillip returned orders to him in the Port. However he was not aboard HMS Victory as it was being repaired at the time – a tenuous link perhaps, but the town needs all the recognition it can get!

So what does the future hold for Littlehampton. Well in this current age of economic crisis perhaps not much or maybe just more of the same? However, at least some of the area’s natural beauty has national protection as this coastal area of west beach is now a site of special scientific interest. This area includes sand flats, the tide line, vegetated shingle, and sand dunes. This also includes the plants, birds, molluscs, reptiles and mammals which either live or feed on them. The most interesting of which are probably the cormorants, sand lizards and oyster catchers.

Although Littlehampton may no longer be a home to the beautiful people, it is still – and now likely to remain - an area of stunning natural beauty.

.For other films click onto:
MY LITTLEHAMPTON - A history of promise

For related articles click onto:
Charles Darwin's Greatest Experiment

Hever Castle, Viscount Astor and the Worlds Greatest Pleasure Garden
Plants and Trees of the Garden of Eden
RHS Wisley Gardens - A Photographic Walk Through

Rome: How to get to Villa D'Este from Rome


Now that temperatures are dropping, our immune systems are collectively becoming more vulnerable to colds and the flu. It won’t be long before they make their presence felt around your workplace or your child’s school, causing the inevitable worthlessness and misery that comes with being firmly planted on the couch for several days. Fortunately, there is a way you can avoid the worst of the season. By eating right, you’ll not only feel better day-to-day, but you’ll also strengthen your immune system, lessening your chances of experiencing a bad cold or flu for an extended period of time. Here are the 15 best foods to eat — sick or not — in the coming months

1. Garlic: Incorporating garlic into your diet results in a myriad of long-term and short-term health benefits. It contains compounds that fight bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal infections. Particularly helpful is allicin, which is the main component that blocks unwanted enzymes. The only downside of eating too much garlic is the resulting stinky breath, but it’s a small price to pay for strengthening your immune system.

2. Oregano: Oregano is known for possessing potent antioxidants that come with its plentiful flavonoids and phenolic acids. Of course, you can cook using the herb along with garlic, for example, to have an immune-boosting meal. Or you can take oil of oregano, which is packed with zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, boron and manganese.

3. Ginger: Tea, especially ginger tea, has long been a go-to home remedy for fighting colds. The root contains the anti-inflammatory agent shogaol, which has been rigorously studied to gain insight into its remarkable health benefits. Ginger primarily helps soothe headaches and nausea, and it can induce sweat in order to release toxins during the onset of a cold.

4. Oats: Oats are full of fiber, beta-glucans and vitamins B and E, making them advocates of both your immune system and digestive system. The flu or a tough cold can take a toll on your stomach, so it’s important that you take measures to ensure it remains in tip-top shape. Oats can be added in the preparation of meats, or you can simply purchase oatmeal or oat bran.

5. Mushrooms: Mushrooms are worthy virus and bacteria fighters because they unleash beta-glucans that stimulate the immune system, searching and destroying disease-causing cells. They make an excellent side dish or ingredient in an existing dish.

6. Broccoli: Broccoli promotes a strong immune system by providing glucosinolates, and it’s also a great source of vitamins A, C and E.

7. Cabbage: Cabbage is high in glucosinolates, vitamin C and fiber, and it can be used in a variety of dishes — it’s a potential ingredient for a cold-soothing stew, or if you’re a big fan of it, cabbage soup is an effective cold remedy.

8. Carrots: Carrots do more than just promote eye health. They increase the amount of infection-fighting cells with their production of beta-carotene. While some opt to eat carrots on their own, others choose to add them to a stew or drink them in juice-form.

9.Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain lots of beta-carotene and fiber. They’re easy to toss in the oven and eat when you’re sick and don’t feel like concocting an entire meal.

10. Oranges: Oranges and other citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which increases the production of white blood cells and inhibits the entry of viruses by increasing interferon levels. A tall glass of freshly squeesed orange juice may keep the doctor away, as long as your aren’t experiencing stomach problems, in which case you’d be better off avoiding this highly acidic drink.

11. Lemons: Looking for even more vitamin C? Lemons provide 80 percent of your daily dosage. What’s more, they can be consumed in a stomach-friendly manner by diluting the juice with water, accelerating your recovery time.

12. Elderberries: Berries are also rich source of vitamin C and thus have always been a part of sick food diets. Particularly, the lesser known elderberry has a reputation for its flu fighting ability because of its large amount of vitamin C and phytochemicals that are antiviral and anti-inflammatory.

13. Yogurt: The live bacteria — or probiotics — in yogurt boost the immune system by protecting it against harmful bacteria, making the dairy product an essential addition to a complete anti-cold and flu diet. Mix in some sliced fruit and you’ll have a tasty snack that’s also filled with vitamins.

14. Honey: Honey is another sweet advocate of healthy bacteria. It’s also high in antioxidants, so adding it to tea or pouring it over food will do more than just enhance the taste. When you have a sore throat or persistent cough, honey will coat your throat, easing the irritation.

15. Oysters: Oysters may not seem like typical sick food, but they contribute to the immune system by adding zinc, which strengthens helper T cells. The result is that cells are more prepared to deal with invaders. If you can’t stomach the slimy mollusk, consider eating other seafood, chicken or beef.

Beetroot - A Cure for High Blood Pressure?
Blackcurrants - The New Superfood
Can Raw Food Help to Fight Cancer?
Detox you Body with Fresh Fruit
Easy to Grow Plants that can Help to Fight Cancer
Edible Nuts - the Answer to Lowering Cholesterol?
Foods that Improve your Sex Life
Garlic - a Cure for Cancer?
Garlic - a Cure for High Blood Pressure
Green Tea - a Cure for Prostrate Cancer
Green Tea - Natural Protection against Lung Cancer?
How to Grow Garlic in the Garden
Is Garlic Good for the Heart?
Is Rhubarb the Answer to Fighting Cancer?
Is Tea Really Healthier than water?
Mint Tea - the Latest in Pain Relief?
Seaweed - the Answer to Fighting Obesity?
Turmeric Spice - a Cure for Cancer, Dementia, and Arthritis?
What are the best Foods to Eat when Pregnant?
What is Vitamin D?
What is Vitamin D deficiency?
Watercress - Nasturtium officinale
Watercress - The New Superfood
Which Foods are Best for the Skin?
Which Foods make the Best Aphrodisiacs?
Why is Fresh Fruit so Good for You?
Why Don't we Value our Food Any More?