It's unseasonably warm. The sun can be felt on the skin. The sky is blue. Birdsong has returned. And some fools had the grand idea that a bit of surfing would be a good idea. But we are still in February, I am still de-icing my windscreen in the morning and the water is still bitterly cold. But the really remarkable object in this photo of Bournemouth's beach and pier is less obvious. The oil rig, four miles out, exploring Poole Bay for black gold. It's an unpopular sight. If they are successful, we are told that rigs will not dominate the horizon of one of the UK's most popular seaside towns. Extraction will take place from land based operations.