Bluebells along the canal………….

 

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Wellhouse is just north of Slaithwaite

The weather forecast for today was grey skies, overcast with possibly a hint of rain, as it turned out it was blue skies with cotton wool clouds and a bit of a breeze. So taking advantage of the weather I walked from Wellhouse to Slaithwaite along the Huddersfield narrow canal towpath. It is a walk I do quite regularly so am very familiar with the landscape and surroundings.

As I set off I could see clusters of Bluebells on the other bank and a little further along this turned into a carpet of blue. In all the years I have been walking this route I have never seen colour like that seen today.

The opposite bank was awash with the flowers which stretched way up the hillside and provided a feast of colour for the eye.

Other wild flowers were in abundance and it has been many a year since I saw Dandelions in such profusion AND so large. This brought back memories of my childhood when  a gang of us (7 and 8 years olds) would disappear for the day just to roam the fields and woods seeking adventure, none of the “namby pamby” molly coddling that goes on these days with children!

Below are some of the photographs I took on my little walk today………………….

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Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017

 

 

 

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Berlin Philharmonic……….where are the women?

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Every year about this time I receive an e-mail inviting me to look at the forthcoming season of concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. I have visited Berlin and attended one of their concerts and I have made it clear that I consider them the best orchestra in the world.

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However, reviewing the seasons programme I notice that there is only one woman guest conductor, namely the Finn, Susanna Malkki (Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angelas Philharmonic Orchestra). Above.

Again it would seem that in these “enlightened” times of equality and diversity the Berlin Philharmonic seem to be unable to invite more female conductors to lead them. They seem willing to take chances on young “up and coming” (allegedly) male conductors but less so with young women.

I find it very disappointing the Sir Simon Rattle has not done more to champion young female conductors despite all the good work he has done in Germany with taking music into the community.

I suppose the only saving grace to all this is that it will be one more female conductor than the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra……………..

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Will Bradford University welcome an antisemite?

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According to Guido Fawkes the political blogger, David “The Jews” Ward has some time on his hands since his sacking from the LibDems. Ward says he is going to spend it completing a Master’s degree in the Peace Department at University of Bradford. He has to write a 15,000 word thesis and says it will be on “the influence of the Israeli lobby on the British political system”.

The Lib Dems have sacked one of their election candidates amid claims he is “unfit to represent the party” because of comments he made about Jews. Former Bradford East MP David Ward, who held the seat for five years until 2015, has been banned from standing for his party again in June’s election by leader Tim Farron.

According to The Guardian , PM hopeful TimFarron  said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.” The criticism comes after Mr Ward was suspended from the Liberal Democrat party for three months in 2013 following comments accusing “the Jews” of causing “atrocities on Palestinians”.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Farron said: “I am fully aware of the comments David Ward has made in the past and I find them deeply offensive, wrong and anti-Semitic. “I think his decision to stand again, and the local party’s decision to select him, is wrong and I disagree with it completely.

“I don’t select our individual candidates and nor should I. But let me be clear, I won’t tolerate antisemitism in my party. “David Ward has been disciplined in the past and if he or anyone else makes antisemitic remarks in this campaign I will expect the party to act quickly and decisively.”

What is interesting about this whole affair is the comment that Mr Ward will be going to study for a Master’s Degree at Bradford University and his proposed dissertation (with the outcome already decided no doubt) will be  “the influence of the Israeli lobby on the British political system”.

I wonder how Bradford University will square admitting an openly antisemitic individual to one of their courses in view of their stance on equality and diversity. No doubt his presence will be welcomed by the Islamists at Bradford but will be highly insulting and prejudicial to any Jewish students and academic staff.

I await developments with interest!

Sources: Guido Fawkes/Stand for Peace websites

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Oxford University publishes list of micro-aggressions

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In the latest snowflake newsletter from Oxford University students are warned to be aware of micro-aggressions by the university’s equality and diversity unit (an oxymoron if ever I heard one as you’re not allowed to express different views anymore).

So if you don’t look another student in the eye you might be guilty of racist behaviour. This is absolute poppycock. What about cultural differences where it’s considered inappropriate to look someone directly in the face? Or people who are shy, or introverts, or on the autistic spectrum?

And don’t ask a black or minority ethnic student where they are “originally” from. It might suggest you don’t believe they are British. Well they may not be and what if you are interested in knowing more about other cultures? Isn’t that why you go to university – to expand your mind?

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Trip Adviser……..the organisation that likes to send begging e-mails!

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Over the last several years I have contributed reviews to Trip Adviser about hotels, cities, restaurants and various other touristy things. Whilst I have some reservations about Trip Adviser  I worked on the principle that I would be as honest and objective in my reviews as possible, and if I was critical of something then I would try to explain why.

Some of my reviews have had numerous visits and indications are that people found them useful. So far so good.

Then this morning out of the blue I got an e-mail from Trip Adviser and I quote below from it:-

“Thanks to travellers like you, the TripAdvisor community raised more than $500,000 for refugee crisis relief last December. Today I’m reaching out again because we have another opportunity to make a major impact.

Right now, 65 million refugees – more than half of whom are children — are on a daunting journey. Forced to leave home, they’re searching for safety and shelter, facing greater challenges every day.

TripAdvisor is built on the idea of travellers around the world helping one another. Although refugees aren’t traveling by choice, they’re part of that global community – and right now, they need our help.”

I was incensed when I received this as TA seem to be pushing the UN and EU line that we have a responsibility for these refugees. Well, to start out with I question just how many of these people are genuine refugees as against economic migrants. I find it remarkable that many presenting themselves as refugees are young, fit, well nourished young men…………..so where are all the women and children they presumably left behind?

We have seen the problems caused in Germany, Sweden, Austria and Denmark by large numbers of so called “refugees” entering the country and failing (some would say unwilling) to adapt to the cultural norms of the countries that offered them sanctuary.

So Trip Adviser, how about using all the money raised to fund research into dementia, cancer, heart disease in the UK, have you ever heard the phrase “look after your own first?” Moreover, we have organisations like McMillan Nurses and locally, Yorkshire Air Ambulance out on the streets asking for donations to provide essential services, this is scandalous.

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Ogden Water Reservoir………..on a brisk, Spring Sunday morning

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As the weather continues to be so good at the moment I set out early to visit Ogden Water Reservoir and nature trail which is set high in the Pennine hills. The estate, including the reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water. However the surrounding woodlands are managed on their behalf by Calderdale Countryside & Woodlands Team.

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The reservoir is over 160 years old, originally designed to power mills in the Wheatley Valley, but due to the increase in population in Halifax and the need for clean drinking water the plans changed. It is still supplying Calderdale and beyond with drinking water to this day.

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The estate offers the chance for quiet, informal recreation through walks, a chance to see wildlife and to listen to the sounds of water, wind, woodlands and moorlands. The total area of the estate is only some 60 hectares, however exploration of the moors and fells beyond is both easy and encouraged.

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To walk the pathway around the reservoir side takes under an hour at a leisurely pace and there are numerous benches along the route should you wish to pause to take in some of the wonderful views.

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It is well worth a visit unless you are a dog hater, as it would seem that half of West Yorkshire (even at the early hour that I arrived) was out walking their dog/s.

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Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017

 

 

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

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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.

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According to tradition, the people of Marsden noticed that the arrival of the cuckoo always brought good weather. They didn’t want the spring sunshine to end, so they built a wall around the cuckoo’s nesting place, reasoning that if they kept the cuckoo, they’d keep the weather, too. But just as they thought the wall was high enough, the bird flew away.

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“Oh!” they said. “It were nobbut one course too low.” (for those of you of the “Southern” persuasion this means they didn’t build it quite high enough).

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Marsden is a village in a steep-sided Pennine valley southwest of Huddersfield, and in these more sophisticated days, the villagers celebrate the legend with a weekend of festivities in the Marsden Cuckoo Festival. There’s a colourful procession through the village, a craft fair, a maypole and Morris dancing, street entertainment, duck races, storytelling, and lots more free events. There are also guided walks that relate the legend of the cuckoo and take you up on to the surrounding hills and moorland.

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This year we were blessed with glorious weather, blue skies and cotton wool clouds and  a tremendous number of people who turned up to support the event. Taking part were various morris dance troupe including The Hill Millies, OakenHoof (they even let this lot in from over the border in Lancashire!!!!), The Thieving Magpies (with blacked up faces, no PC nonsense around here) and one I think called WayzeGoose. Add to this music from the eccentric Frumptarn Guggenband as well as the Marsden Silver Prize band and you have a wonderful day of music making.

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The festival concludes with a parade through the village of the “cuckoo” followed by the bands and all the dance troupes, children carrying paper cuckoos and generally anyone who wishes to join in.

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If you wish to see the English, particularly us northerners, at our very eccentric best, then you should come and visit the cuckoo festival…………..its crackers, but wonderful.

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Photographs (c)Kindadukish 2017

 

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