Category Archives: Culture

A “Diva” and a “Lass from Lancashire”……both sublime voices

A good many years ago (too many to remember) I was given tickets for a Halle concert at the old Free Trade Hall in Manchester. I was very keen to go as the main work was Neilsons 4th Symphony (The … Continue reading

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Cheese Rolling Contest 2017

This is the real reason that we in the UK chose to leave the EU. They were threatening to outlaw the traditional annual “cheese rolling” contest on “elf n’ safety” grounds and that the race did not conform to EU … Continue reading

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Willie and Julio……..the most unlikely combination!

Some years ago I developed an interest in “country music” (yes, I know it is treatable) and particularly artists such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and the inimitable Willie Nelson. It was Nelson who really turned me on … Continue reading

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Canal Walk, Todmorden to Littleborough……………

  I had taken a break from my canal walks of late, but I thought that with the improved weather it was time to resume them. The next stage was Todmordern to Littleborough, a distance of just 6 miles, setting … Continue reading

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Golcar Lily Day 2017……….a village celebration

Yesterday was Golcar Lily Day in the village I live in here in West Yorkshire, perched on top of the Pennine Hills. So what is the story behind the villages association with “Lily?” ‘LILY’ has long been associated with the … Continue reading

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Marsden Cuckoo Day 2017……..northern eccentricity at its very best!

The Cuckoo Festival takes place in the village of Marsden, several miles outside Huddersfield (on the A62 to Oldham) every April and it has become an important event in recent years. According to tradition, the people of Marsden noticed that … Continue reading

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The Flying Scotsman……Oxenhope to Carlisle

“Some trains are born great Some achieve greatness And some have greatness thrust upon them”   It was Friday the 31 March 2017 at 6.45 when I left home to drive to Oxenhope in West Yorkshire to achieve a life ambition, … Continue reading

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