Thursday, 31 July 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
Sunday, 27 July 2008
IToday was such a beautiful day that we took ourselves down to Mount Stewart early for the jazz in the gardens - took a very pleasant picnic and chilled out. As well as we were able to chill out on such a hot afternoon.
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,'
O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'
Pussy said to the Owl,
'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?
'They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
'Dear pig, are you
willing to sell for one shilling
Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Friday, 18 July 2008
I don't know the name of this group (or if they had a name) - they may have been a few musicians who got together to form a session. As you can see the Lions Club was the place to be - there were a couple of sessions further down the street but not as good as here.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Sunday was such a good day that we found ourselves in Stonehaven (where the people are a lot more friendly) enjoying the music and the local (and not so local) brews. This band played an extremely stirring session outside the local Lions Club providing a great afternoon's entertainment. Enjoyed them so much I even forked out for their new CD - sounds great at full volume.
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Monday, 14 July 2008
A remnant of a bygone era - there was a time when this water pump would have worked and provided fresh water for kettles, billy cans and teapots to be heated atop a little primus stove. Sadly it's now in disrepair so you will either have to bring a thermos or traipse off to the nearest grotty little cafe - it's even further to a half decent cafe.
Friday, 11 July 2008
But that's exactly what's involved in the so-called "community beacon", which will replace the traditional bonfire in the Woodvale area of Belfast this year.
It's also one option under consideration in Londonderry to make bonfires both safer and cleaner.
Stephanie Hunter is a community worker in the Caw area of the Waterside.
She recently took a group of local young people to Belfast to see the alternative bonfire at first hand.
"I think coming from this background, young people here feel kind of isolated anyway, so it was good for them to go and see how other communities are working towards changing their bonfire into a more community-friendly and environmentally-friendly event."
She said it was vital young people were included in the process.
"They're the ones who are out there and who are building the thing, so they need to have their say and be involved in the process.
"I think they had their eyes opened, and they're open to seeing alternatives to what they're currently involved in," she said.
DUP Councillor Drew Thompson said that while local people were actively considering alternatives to the traditional bonfire, it could be some time before the beacon caught on in Derry.
"It's always traditional for the Protestant community to have bonfires on the 11th night, and this would appear to be a smaller, more controlled type of bonfire than usual.
"The beacon in Woodvale appears to have a festival type atmosphere and a full programme along with it, which isn't envisaged in our thinking at the moment," he said. BBC:
What is also traditional is property and people being endangered by the huge bonfires and the attacks on the fire service when called to deal with situations that have got out of control. So, yes Mr Thompson let's keep building bigger and bigger bonfires and let's not give consideration to anybody or anything but another outdated tradition.
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Monday, 7 July 2008
Saturday, 5 July 2008
Friday, 4 July 2008
'Tracey and the Barroom Buddies' who opened the event. This Ballymena group have been together for 15 years, and are popular for their tributes to old country legends like Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash and new country stars including Shania Twain and Randy Travis.
Also appearing were 'Hugo Duncan and his band' and 'The Illegals'.