BB2106 : 13?
Lucky for Some!
8th - Thursday 11th February
solos week. Now that most of us have
had our first Covid vaccination, hopefully
it wouldn't be too long before we can start
to meet up for socially distanced outings.
But meanwhile it's as we were.
week's challenge was for
signs of distinction be they blue plaques, directions,
warnings, businesses etc. Just two
rules: they must be interesting and
no pub signs (we've had most of the best
ones already this year).
Bard of Fullerton was appointed as The Judge.
He (I can reveal his gender) does
not and never has lived in the Kendal area
nor did he know who had taken which picture
so his deliberations were totally unbiased,
his impartiality unquestionable and my
brother's anonymity is totally protected.
my surprise The Bard came back with not
one but thirteen winners. Not just
lucky for some but for most! Living up to
his name, the Bard has published his verdict
in rhyme that will be included in his collection
"The Rhyme Factory" volume four.
He adds that this is not even available
in any bad bookshop.
without further ado, I hand over to The
Bard Of Fullerton:
have just been granted a huge accolade,
fear the decisions that will have to be
For I have been asked to adjudicate,
works of art to which I can relate,
that can be found within several miles of
I must take it seriously;
not to let them down.
are thirty five pictures that I have seen,
to reject some, I know will be terribly
But I can only accept the very
Because for hanging them I might
don’t know who has laboured long and hard
Not that that matters an awful
I am sure the entrants have all
tried so very hard,
To fulfil the entry
rules and earn their reward,
read on and find out whom, as we reach the
Will be blessed with Don’s
Into categories they
The oldest sign is number
second one is my intention,
oldest date the sign does mention.
most misleading signs appealed to me,
entries in category number three.
comes category number four,
me laugh until my sides were sore.
number five was made,
Overload that made the grade,
to read and so much to see,
to take in unwaveringly.
six is an instruction for the wise,
worry, be happy, and just eat pies.
a section on the most ornate,
seven would be on the plate,
then a section number eight,
just want to create,
A special category
I might declare,
For the man who wasn’t
In the picture for all to see,
he cannot be.
signs are always a favourite of mine,
will go into category number nine,
then if you glance at number ten,
one you might need to look at again.
anti-social dog walkers of the nation,
eleven might come as a revelation.
category twelve, it occurred to me,
would have been loved by Saints Michael
Through the arch and round
And bring this judging towards
a sticky end,
wonderful mix that I could glean,
I realised that I should, for thirteen,
the one I thought the best in show,
to see it, I would like to go.
you Bard, though I am slightly worried that
you have raised expectations about Prizes.
The honour that you bestow upon them
is honour enough. Hopefully!
this point the Bard still does not know
who sent in which entry, nor indeed will
most of the readers. Scroll on and
all will become clear. Would you have
made the same choices? Let me know.
the Bard informs me that he is available
Rev had twelve children! How
did he find time to found the
NSPCC, or was that his motivation?
Proctor, ‘The Sculptor of Settle’,
was born here in The Spread
Eagle Inn, now a private house.
In 1777 he enrolled at the Royal
Academy where he won a number
of medals for painting and sculpture.
Poor chap died penniless.
Dales then The Lakes –
arguing with that strap-line!
out of shot are dozens of casks
a fill – but when oh when?
home - a favourite view to High Hill.
difficult enough. OK you might
not miss the ball but what a
they be software?
picture of a sign belonging
to a disappeared county indicating
a place that no longer exists.
Jubilee Panoramic viewpoint,
the end of Slape Lane, looking
the view today was
obscured by snow showers,
with Farleton Knott just visible
a lamp post in Burton in Kendal
where today’s temperature
was akin to Narnia,
fauns were spotted.
date plaque on The Manor House
Burton in Kendal
every day on my way
Gibson RC School!
use this short cut in the dark!
is a drawing of Webster buildings
which is in the entrance to
It was drawn
by architect Mike Stockdale.
apartment on Thorney Hills was
by the Websters in
The memorial plaque commemorating the three police officers shot in
Oxenholme waiting room on the night of Feb 12th 1965.
Two were wounded but P.C.
George Russell was killed. The full report can be found in this link.
clearly remember the swarms of armed police all over the town.
John Middleton (originally from Kendal) was shot in the head and captured the
The anniversary is actually this Friday.
The Angel was notorious even in my day
particularly when the M6 was being pushed through Tebay and always full of
thirsty navvies. Fights were commonplace.
Mike T reminded me there was a
cockfighting pit upstairs!
this is the most interesting historically.
The grave is in Parkside
cemetery, Kendal and is the final resting place of Trooper William Pearson who
rode in the charge of the Light Brigade in 1865.
The inscription is quite hard
to read now but states:
In Loving remembrance of William Pearson
late of the 4th Queens Own Light
and one of the six hundred in
the charge of the Light Brigade
Balaclava Oct 25th 1854.
He was living at 5 Church View on Aynam Road when he died in retirement in
literacy comes to Milnthorpe
Levens WI celebrated their 100th
anniversary in 2017
folded the following year!
now have a nice picnic table
on the site of the original
this in memory of the wife
an advert for the husband?
G. GARSIDE, ENGRAVER
right twice a day at the Brewery
it wasn't at Shap
have just gone for one!
best known spelling miskate
Not being a golfer I had never actually
walked around all the holes on Kendal Golf course. But Stan and Don's outing on
BB2040 planted the seed.
So with the sun shining and golf currently suspended it seemed a good time to
do it. I'm also not a former magistrate so don't have Stan's sense of authority in
asserting my rights to be there! Instead I asked Mike Fishwick (former captain of the club) to take me round.
It proved to be a very interesting day, and a real insight into the work that
goes into running a club.
Raleigh sign always reminds
of my youth- shows my
is when an all-steel bike
was a selling feature!
Best Story Award
A longtime BOOTboys follower has told me how disappointed she was that
Tony had not received an accolade
for his contributions. I
think this omission was because
the Bard had been asked to judge
solely on the photographs and
had not been presented with
the accompanying text. Indeed
he had remarked to me that he
had been tempted to commend
one of Tony's pictures but he
couldn't read the inscription.
It has been subsequently agreed that there should be
an additional award for the
Best Illustrated Story.
I am delighted to announce that the winner is Tony for
his account of Trooper Pearson.
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week's theme was Beer with, appropriately,
Tony in the chair. It was an entertaining
session in which each spoke about the beer
they were drinking and why. My choice
was Old Tom, which at only 8.5% alcohol
is a modest little ale from Stockport. Like