Clacton-on-Sea Local Customs

  • Lowe & Tennent!
    Lowe & Tennent!
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  • 'as themselves' = THE PET SHOP BOYS
    'as themselves' = THE PET SHOP BOYS
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    It Couldn't Happen Here!

    by arturowan Updated Feb 21, 2014
    'as themselves' = THE PET SHOP BOYS
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    I can still remember when I was at art college & the song West End Girls was on the radio - a new force in pop music had arrived who called themselves THE PET SHOP BOYS - nobody could foresee then just how successful the duo would become, to the extent that they'd have the budget to produce an idea for an extended pop video, that turned into a movie, filmed entirely on location in Clacton!
    It Couldn't Happen Here was a track from the Actually album, which became the title of the 1988 film, originally intended to promote it; featuring Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe, 'as themselves' - together with a well known British cast, including Barbara Windsor, who plays Neil's onscreen mother, as well as a landlady, & French maid(!) & Joss Ackland, as a priest, & hitchhiker...
    The plot is rather awkward to describe, seemingly inspired by the sort of British art cinema of the late 1960's, which tended to be rather surreal & implausible...
    Just why Lowe & Tennant came to Clacton for the seaside backdrops is also something of a mystery, (though I assume that like me, they identified with Tony Hancock's movie, The Punch & Judy Man, also entirely shot on location in an English seaside resort, Bognor Regis...)
    Joss Ackland appears in the pop video for Always 0n My Mind, (1 of the most inspired covers of all time) - which is a segment taken from the screenplay, & was shot around Pier Avenue, using the amusement arcade as a colourful backdrop...
    So, if you've never been to Clacton & would like to see some images of the tourist centre, check out this pop video, or watch the film...

    Clacton seafront has attracted not only THE PET SHOP BOYS from the pop world, but also the band BLUR who originated from nearby Colchester...
    They played a concert on the pier & had a photo session there, which caused some controversy, because somebody daubed their album title - Modern Life Is Rubbish - in spraypaint on the seafront...
    This was before the band had gained a mass following, & the grafitti was regarded as such, although when they became more popular, the moment was revised as a great episode in Clacton's history...

    Clacton has also been used as a filming location for the soap opera, Eastenders, in 2011
    A Marks & Spencer tv advert from 2008, features the helter-skelter ride on Clacton Pier...

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    Where Paul Raymond got started...

    by arturowan Written Dec 20, 2013

    Paul Raymond is best known as the impressario who opened the Raymond Revue Bar in Soho in 1958
    It was the first strip bar to be licensed in Britain, & also developed a reputation as a venue where the latest stand-up comedy talent made their breakthrough to the big time, often observed in the audience by some of the best known celebrities from British television & pop music...
    Paul Raymond became known as The King of Soho, & might be regarded as the British Hugh Hefner, becoming a multi-millionaire from an empire marketing pornographic magazines & erotic entertainment...
    What is not widely known, is that Paul Raymond was actually born Geoffrey Anthony Quinn in 1925
    He changed his name to Paul Raymond in 1947 as a stage name, when he became the resident mind-reader working on Clacton Pier...
    Life as a performer did not inspire him as much as an entrepeneur, & a small seaside resort, such as Clacton, was not the place to found a porn empire!
    But all the same, an oak tree has to start from an acorn, & Clacton Pier was where the ambition that was Paul Raymond, was planted...

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    Engalnd's lifestyle

    by LanaFromRiga Written Oct 24, 2005

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    Typical living house in England

    I was a little bit surprised when saw houses where "'simple" englishmen are living - very modest. I liked this small houses with samll gardens. Some people decorated gardens with figures from bushes. Looks interesting!

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    The pub – typical place for spending free evenings

    by LanaFromRiga Written Oct 24, 2005

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    Eating fish and chips

    Chips and fish is a typical food in England. Also I tasted grilled chicken and meat. Hmm, what can I say?… Very very specific taste. Probably because cook used only one kind of spice. Anyway if you’ll be in Clacton-on-Sea and you want to taste what simple English people eat, try fish and chips, but be ready that this well known food will have a specific taste.

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