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A beach hut, which plays an atmospheric soundtrack inspired by the coast

A beach hut, which plays an atmospheric soundtrack inspired by the coast, has begun its journey around the country in the North-East.

Electronic pop star Martyn Ware, who was a founder member of both Heaven 17 and The Human League, has developed audio for the project and was in Seaham, County Durham, today (Wednesday, July1) for its launch.

Next week the installation will move on to Orford Ness, Suffolk and finish up in Porthgain, Pembrokeshire.

Visitors are invited to enter the mini sound booth where they can record their thoughts about what the coast means to them.

Mr Ware, who is from Sheffield, said:

 “I was very happy to do it because I have done a lot of projects concerned with preserving the acoustic ecology and recording people’s memories.

“In the case of this area and the post-industrial location, maybe people’s memories of sound that used to occur in the industrial parts of town, when there used to be a big community here, has changed.”

The recordings that people make in the hut will be used as contributions towards One and All, an online digital artwork combining audio visual and interactive landscapes.

It has been commissioned by Trust New Art, the National Trust’s contemporary arts programme, and sounduk.

Full story :  http://northstar.boards.net/thread/116/project-launched-record-sounds-coastline

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St. Edmund’s Golden Spurs

St Edmund, or rather plain King Edmund of East Anglia as he then was, had had a bad day – his forces getting beaten by the Danish Great Heathen Army at the battle of Hoxne (Suffolk).

Fleeing the battlefield, he is said to have hidden under Goldbrook Bridge, near Hoxne. However, a newly married couple crossing the bridge saw the glint of his golden spurs reflected in the water of the River Dove, and betrayed him to the Danish  troops who were out searching for him.

As he was dragged away to be executed, Edmund shouted out an angry curse on all bridal couples who should ever cross the bridge, and its said that until well into the 19th century wedding parties went out of the way to avoid doing so.

And they say that the gleam of his spurs can be seen from the bridge on moonlit nights….

For a while, Edmund  got the top local job as Patron Saint of England… until  Edward III in the 14th century  replaced him by associating Saint George with the Order ofthe Garter. Edward III believed that England should have a fearless champion as its patron saint and not a king who was defeated in battle, or maybe executed after it.

It always amuses me somewhat that extreme  right-wingers who proudly fly the St George’s cross flag and fulminate about ‘foreigners coming here and taking our jobs‘ fail totally to realise that St George was a foreigner who came over here and took an English saint’s job…


Full Article –  http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=62


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Almanac – September 26

1449 – An unusual battle took place near Little Cornard, Suffolk. In a marshy field on the Suffolk/Essex border, two Dragons engaged in an hour-long combat. One was black and lived on Kedington Hill, the other “reddish and spotted”, came from Ballingdon Hill.The Red & spotted Dragon won, after which both creatures returned to their respective hills “to the admiration of many beholding them”.


1774 – Johnny Appleseed born (as Jonathan Chapman).  American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He became an American legend while still alive, largely because of his kind and generous ways, his great leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples.



1888 – T. S. Eliot born. Publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and “arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century.” Although  born an American, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927.
The poem that made his name, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock—started in 1910 and published in Chicago in 1915—is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement, and was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including Gerontion (1920), The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), and Four Quartets (1945). He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935).


1937 – Bessie Smith died. American blues singer, probably  the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists. She  was critically injured in a car accident while traveling along U.S. Route 61 between Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi, the day before.


1950 – Blue Moon  over Britain. A pale blue Harvest Moon shone over places as far apart as Bristol, London, Bridlington and Scotland [which also had a Blue Sun that afternoon]. An RAF plane investigated and found a thin dust layer at 43,000 feet, with a layer of ice particles in cyrrhus cloud at 20,000 to 30,000 feet.The dust was probably from an American sandstorm a few days earlier.


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