Wednesday, June 27, 2007
A few hours to spare in Margate, so I took this picture of the Dreamland cinema and its looming neighbour, wondering whatever happened to architects to make them capable of delights like this. Presumably at some stage, an architect entered the council chamber proud that his design for that piece of land would really enhance the Margate seafront. And the council must have agreed. But I bet the views from the inside are amazing . . .
And as an example of the law of unintended consequences, I saw in the local paper that the Dreamland Bingo Club recently closed, partly at least in anticipation of the imminent smoking ban. According to the Guardian "The bingo industry emerged last year as the biggest casualty of the smoking ban in Scotland", as players use the breaks to go outside for a cigarette rather than play the instant-play machines or buy food which provide much of the profit. it'll be interesting to see (as a non-smoker) what else is affected for better or for worse after July 1st.