_There has been talk for quite a while, but the workmen are on site and Wetherspoons are coming to town on the premises where Isobar used to be. Whether it is to be a JD Wetherspoons or their more upmarket brand Lloyds No1 remains to be seen.
And how will its arrival affect other pubs and restaurants in the town...the jury is out and we will not know the verdict for a few years.
All that besides, I definitely approve of the new name "The Hain Line."
Sir Edward Hain was the local boy who "done good" and set up and ran one of the major shipping companies of the late 19th century. It's worldwide operation was run from the building that Wetherspoons have taken over, until they were takenover by P&O in 1917.
There was an expression here in the town in days gone by "get a H on your funnel", meaning that working for the Hain Line would improve your station in life (all the Hain ships had an H on their funnels.)
Check out the St Ives Museum for more of the fascinating histroy of the Hain Line...they have a room
_My lastest Sunday evening project is an animation of a 3D mock-up of one of the installations called "Welcome to the Hotel Munber", at the Tate St Ives Spring 2012 show called "Simon Fujiwara Since 1982". This is what I thought the installation was about when I went to the preview night. Someone (a man waering a fedora hat) was seating at a table behind the roped barrier, and so I assumed that they were part of the piece of art, an actor/artist doing performance art within the installation.
However, modern art is often not what it appears to be. On my next visit a few days later, the man in the fedora hat was gone, and there was a member of staff sitting there instead. What a let down.
So I have tried to recreate my take on the whole thing. If you get a chance do go and check out the excellent exhibition.