I just had to show you this picture. It is, of course, Caerphilly Castle. Looking through the second gateway into the courtyard you have the Great Hall on the left, the well on the right and, ahead of you, the Keep. If I ever win the euromillions lottery I might consider paying to renovate the Keep. (Well, there’s no harm in dreaming!)
A little mirth c/o http://www.welshjokes.com/jokes/welshlogic/1.shtml
Canvasser for Liberal Party: “Will you support the Liberals this time?”
Welsh Mathematician: “No that is impossible. In the past the Liberal Party occupied a position between the left wing of the Conservative Party and the right wing of the Labour Party.
Then the left wing of the Conservative Party moved further left and the right wing of the Labour Party moved further right, so the Liberal Party was squeezed out until ultimately it had to perform the difficult task of inserting itself between two coincident points.
Since the Conservatives went on moving left and the Labour Party went on moving right the Liberals now occupy what is mathematically an imaginary point in space. How can I vote for an imaginary party?
(Of course, at the next general election this will prove so true!)
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I’ve just added a new page to my blog – Caerphilly Castle. To give you a taste of what it looks like I’ve inserted several photos of the scenes which took my breath away. This monument is sited in the middle of the town of Caerphilly, or should I say the town grew around it. Whatever, it is only fifteen miles from where I live and, unlike the tower at Pisa, this castle’s leaning tower was not meant to survive when the castle was neglected during the three centuries prior to the Civil War of 1642. Some say the castle was finally destroyed in that war but nobody can state for definite whether the royalists or the parliamentarians were responsible.
On a lighter note, in a previous post I showed you the garrison’s communal toilet. I hope it brought a smile to your face as it did mine.
Again, on a lighter note, let me conclude with this c/o http://www.welshjokes.com/jokes/aboutwales/2.shtml
Some names from Wales:
(i) The man with only two teeth left and those in the front of his mouth – Dai central eating.
(ii) Cardiff strip club owner – Aaron the G string.
(iii) The village gossip you can never get rid of: Mrs. Jones thestaymaker.
(iv) After H.G. Wells discovered that Oliver Cromwell’s real name was Williams and that his ancestors came from Margam, he always referred to the great man as “Williams-the-conqueror”.
(v) The local chiropodist – Williams the corn-curer.
(vi) A Welsh physicist – Dai-atomic.
(vii) A reckless risk-taker – Huw ap Hazard.
Any errors are mine!
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He’s looking heavenwards because he forgot to drop his britches.
As the title states. I could not resist this when I visited Caerphilly Castle recently. The guidebook says this is the communal lavatory for the garrison in the thirteenth century. The sound effects were horrendous! Guaranteed to bring a smile to even the most miserable visitor. Don’t ask what the ball is between his shins!
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St Fagans Castle
Here’s the second castle I visited last week (I haven’t been anywhere this week the weather’s been atrocious.) It is an Elizabethan Mansion originally built in the sixteenth century but on the site of an earlier Norman castle. The Earls of Plymouth spent a lot of time here before they donated it to the people of Wales in the 1940s. It now forms the centre of the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans just on the outskirts of Cardiff. It is a magical place with original historic buildings from all centuries and donated by people from all over Wales. You can see an example of the grounds on the page above. I will show you a real castle next week.
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I intended visiting a few of the castles that surround my hometown. However, there are many, some restored some not. So I thought I’d start with a fairytale castle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castell_Coch
Castell Coch is built on the foundations af a real motte and bailey fortress on the outskirts of Cardiff. It is not a real castle in the sense that it was a fortress. It was designed by two friends in the nineteenth century, John the 3rd Marquess of Bute and the architect William Burges. The exterior was modelled on castles from all over Europe but the interior rooms are Victoriana gone mad. How would you like to stare at this while sitting at the table eating fish and chips! There are loads more photographs on my blog.
Above the fireplace in the Banqueting Hall
Alan Ladd made the 1954 film ‘The Black Knight’ in this castle. It only goes to show that fairytales can appear in many forms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Knight_(1954_film)
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Am I the oldest fan at 65 yrs Las Vegas band ‘Imagine Dragons’ has? My oldest grandson (23 yrs and just off to Uni to do Computer Science) drove me to work the other night. In his car he had his MP3 plugged in as usual and it was playing their album ‘Night Visions’. Now, as a man who has Classic FM as default on his own radio you can imagine my face when he asked me to listen to this. And what a surprise! I thoroughly enjoyed it, even my feet were tapping. Mind you I am also a great fan of The Stereophonics http://www.stereophonics.com/ a band formed two miles from where I live in Aberdare. Nathan did look askance when I suggested he buy the album for me. I didn’t know if he was surprised that I liked it or upset because I asked him to buy it.
And talking of dragons I couldn’t resist adding these graphics from the poster advertizing my novels.
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I have just returned from another visit to a place that I have always called magic-land. It is a museum exhibiting real buildings from all over Wales. These have been painstakingly demolished stone by stone at their original site and rebuilt here in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, amongst the woodlands and many secluded country lanes. It is an immensity that visitors’ will marvel at as they walk around from building to building, some are even working exhibits (the blacksmith, the baker, Gwalia Stores). There are exhibits from all over the country, urban and rural, large and small, and from all centuries.
This is a photo of the first exhibit ‘The Kennixton Farmhouse’, my inspiration for the Portolans’ hunting lodge at the foot of Mount Trespass. For those who have read my book they will notice the rowan tree in the front garden and the vivid colour red of the walls – both having the aim of warding against the Devil.
You can see more at their website http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/stfagans/ But looking here will only give you a taste of the magic. Go and see, it’s just on the outskirts of Cardiff and it’s free entry but you can leave a donation. And I’ll defy anyone not to like it!
Several of the exhibits will appear in my next novel. Don’t ask me which ones, I have so many to choose from.
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