"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, July 10, 2004

A Welsh weekend

Last night was my first visit to an eisteddfod. Look here. Llangollen is quite close and Keith had never been either, so off we went and had an enjoyable evening with a very varied programme, culminating in the finals for the 'Choir of the World'.
More Welsh choirs here.. The winning choir was a barbershop group More details on them here.. Their performance was excellent - they did a 'special' version of 'Undermilk Wood', first performed on 'The Two Ronnies' years ago - utterly brilliant!
Today we ventured over to Harlech.
here. The beach there is lovely but slightly spoiled by the fact that the carpark is some distance away and the walk from there to the beach is made more difficult for anyone not very mobile or with babies or toddlers in tow as it passes through a golf course and the last part is very soft sand.
Turning our attention to the castle, we noticed that the sea is some distance away and wondered how any hordes of invaders who happened to be passing would manage to reach the castle undetected. Historians would have us believe that in the 13th century, the sea was much closer, but I don't go along with that. It seems quite clear to me that, on disembarking, they keyed the castle's postcode into their PDA's, typed in 'Attack' and Bob's your uncle! The sat. nav. on their PDA's would probably even warn them to avoid low flying golf balls. These historians make such heavy weather of things!


alfie said...

You didn't bump into Harrison Ford did you?

We did U.M.W. at school. I played the narrator..... I remember saying "Bible-black" a lot....

When I was an art student, we went on a trip to Harlech. We got pissed in a local pub - then stormed the castle. It took us about 2 minutes to break in - and it was pitch black (in a bible-black sort of way). We went on the battlements and arsed about, doing dares etc. The next day we went back to the castle in broad daylight.- and saw just how high and dangerous it was ..

I tell you, the way we were messing about in the pitch black, someone surely was looking over us. To this day I don't know how at least one of us didn't fall off.

Jennyta said...

Well, you certainly did have a lucky escape! Just proves my point though - storming the castle is no trouble at all. No. Harrison Ford wasn't there that day - must have been his day off!

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