Dead Umbrellas

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You can sense
the annoyance of the owner
when you stumble upon a dead umbrella
unceremoniously discarded
where it failed to do its job

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Red and white

Unwieldy things designed to embarrass
by blowing inside out
poking folk in the eye
dripping drops all over the shop

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Blue and white

You won’t catch me with one
I’d rather get wet!

 

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Blue

 

 

Lowther Pavilion – Lytham

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Lowther Pavilion is perfectly situated in the glorious Lowther Gardens. There’s all sorts on offer for all ages at the theatre, in the gardens, and a popular café serving scrumptious goodies.  Cross the road and you’re on the promenade looking at Southport on the opposite side of the Ribble estuary.

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Southport across the Ribble Estuary

Lowther Pavilion’s varied programme includes drama, comedy, musicals – something for everyone.  Voodoo Room was a great gig on 3 Feb.

Not a tribute band but three accomplished musicians playing their heroes’ music; Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream.

Pete Orr (guitar/vocals), John Tonks (drums/vocals) and Andy Tolman (bass/vocals) have an impressive back catalogue as individuals.  Put them together and you’ve got Voodoo Room, a trio showing a genuine, authentic appreciation of music from back in the day.  No posturing and not a prima donna in sight.  Just three genial guys enjoying a banter between themselves and with the audience.

Familiar tracks from Hendrix and Cream albums went down a storm. Cream’s Disraeli Gears, released in 1967, is fifty years old.  A large proportion of the audience very likely bought it first time round!

Each bandmate had a solo slot to showcase their expertise, ably rewarded by whoops and whistles from the crowd.  They did a two hour stint with just a fifteen minute interlude.

“There’s so much material we could do a four-hour set – but you’d need to phone the ambulance!” joked John the drummer.

Voodoo Room enjoyed every note they played.  So did everyone in the room.

 

 

 

Edinburgh’s natural beauty

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With so much on offer it’s almost impossible to decide what to see and do on a first visit to Edinburgh. Natural beauty on the doorstep won the day.

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Cramond Island and causeway

Day 1 – a 6 mile walk to Musselburgh along the John Muir Way. Sadly, not the prettiest part of the trail winding through housing estates strewn with litter. John Muir would not be a happy man. Musselburgh, with its pretty harbour, shone in the sun. A solitary Little Auk teased, ducking and diving below the waves. No chance of a snapshot! Bus back to town, hunkered down in The Inn on the Mile, happy to rest weary legs and watch snowflakes flutter outside.

 

Day 2 – bus to Cramond.  Cramond Island, sitting in the Firth of Forth, accessed by a causeway at low tide. Didn’t make it as the tide was on the turn, rushing in at a rate of knots.  Wild and windy, perfect conditions for kite-boarders, dog-walkers and those not fazed by the weather.  Off the beaten track back in Edinburgh, the Devil’s Advocate beckoned.  A quirky pub set in a Victorian pump house.  Perfect!

 

Day 3 – Arthur’s Seat. In the heart of Edinburgh the famous dormant volcano in Holyrood Park rises just over 800 feet. A spectacular panorama is the reward for the hike to the top. Back in town a mooch along the Royal Mile, a beer or two in the Greyfriars Inn and an entertaining hour watching weird goings-on outside. Poor Greyfriar’s Bobby!  His little nose has to be replaced on a regular basis because of all the tourist touches!

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Arthur’s Seat

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View on way down

The castle dominates a city rich in history. Museums, galleries, theatres, and grand buildings rise from cobbled streets. Narrow ginnels hide secret places. Plenty to explore another time.

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Edinburgh old and new