March 31st 2018

Today we had a standard afternoon by the seaside, or as much of one as you can have when it’s raining and overcast, at least. We took a tour of Swanage’s lifeboat station, and learnt about the RNLI and its volunteers. Apparently there’s only one employed member of Swanage’s RNLI, the rest are all volunteers who are always on call just in case the lifeboat needs to be quickly deployed. Which, considering the size of the thing, sounds bloody difficult.

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After the lifeboat tour, we went for lunch at Love Cake, and I, for the briefest of moments, was worried that I’d ordered the wrong thing and would end up, as I so often do, with food envy. I ordered a lamb and apricot tagine, but Alice ordered venison nachos, and when it came out it looked exactly like the thing that I wanted. But when my tagine came out I was reassured that I’d chosen correctly. Phew. Close call. That always happens to me.

I also had my first experience of afternoon tea. Alice’s mum ordered it, and I think we all underestimated how much food you’d get with it. It was enough to fill her up, and the other five of us shared the leftovers after finishing our own lunches. Apparently I like ham and pickle sandwiches now.WhatsApp Image 2018-03-31 at 22.58.38 (2).jpeg

From the cafe we went to the amusement arcade — because we are by the beach, remember — and wasted about a tenner between us. It was my logic that if I’m going to spend money in that building I’d rather do it in the 18+ casino bit where A) it’s much less noisy and B) I actually have a chance of winning something significant out of my investment, and not just a stuffed bear or a roll of basically useless tickets.

That being said, I lost every hand of poker I played against my virtual opponents, and I didn’t even pass the preliminary round on roulette. I walked out as empty handed as Alice, who chose to spend her money on scaled-up versions of games that you can download for free on your phone’s App Store.

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Until tomorrow, do you want to go to the seaside?


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