(Click the play button above this to hear them play.)
I went to the Low Lights Pub in North Shields last night for a pint and a pie. I didn’t expect anyone to be there, but these boys were playing a gig. Lovely folk songs. Apparently they play every Sunday, maybe Monday, and Wednesday (when enough fellas show up).
This is The Wizard of Alderley Edge by Pete Coe. Fair play lads.
I was in Wales visiting the cockle beds at the Three Rivers Estuary in Carmarthen for work.
These cockles are about the size for picking.
You know this due to the size of the shell.
Cockle shells are like a tree – each “growth ring” (running perpendicular to each ridge) signifies a year of growth.
These shells are about 2 years old. These will be gathered by the bagful.
In a day an experienced cockle picker can gather 200-300Kgs.
These are immature cockles, called spat. They’re only a few centimetres in length and so not the size for consumption.
In some places these immature cockles don’t grow to full-size, and so die.
The backshore of the beds are littered with dead spat.
Ivor Novello, born 15 January 1893 and died 6 March 1951.
Born David Ivor Davies, he was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century.
On 27 June 2009, a statue of Novello was unveiled outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
– excerpt from Wikipedia entry
Three Rivers Estuary is the confluence of the rivers Tywi, Taf and Gwendraeth. It lies in Carmarthen Bay.
Withim the bay there’s lots of very beautiful spots – Caldey Island near Tenby. Towns and villages in the bay include, from east to west: Llanelli, Burry Port(Porth Tywyn), Pembrey(Penbre), Kidwelly(Cydweli), Ferryside(Glanyfferi), Llansteffan, Laugharne(Talacharn), Pendine(Pentywyn), Amroth, Wisemans Bridge(Pont-yr-ŵrddoeth), Saundersfoot and Tenby(Dinbych y Pysgod).
There are fine beaches at Pendine Sands, Cefn Sidan, Laugharne, Llansteffan and Ferryside.
The cockle and mussel beds are located in these areas.
— excerpt from Carmarthen Bay Wikipedia page
The Original John’s Plaice, Wigton Road, Carlisle is located in the building of an old Little Chef restaurant.
That’s where the commonalities end.
For £9.75 you can feast on fresh haddock, chips and mushy peas.
Their curry sauce is the best chip-shop curry I’ve ever had.
If you ever find yourself on the Wigton road, stop in.
“In all the years I’ve been going , I’ve ever been in the Lake District when it’s not been raining, at some time.”
My colleague, driving today.