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KwaZulu Natal – Day 2

On our first full day here we woke to Nyala prancing about outside our window, spent the morning being immersed in the Zulu culture with a fabulous guide who took us first to a Primary School (where the 41 children in one class sang and danced for us. We were asked if we would sing or dance for the children. I sang Skinny Marinka for them and got a round of applause. D danced and was similarly rewarded!).  ) Thence we went to a village where we learned a great deal of fascinating information about the local way of life and their customs.

South Africa’s National Anthem which I sang along with, having learned it many years ago with The Quirky Choir

In the Zulu village

The afternoon was a long walk through the woods and alongside the water at False Bay, quite a challenge!12,500 steps on my counter, 24.000 on someone else’s!

On the trail

Yellow Billed Stork

 

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Stephen Hawking, Rain and More Rain

We woke to the news that the amazing Stephen Hawking had died early this morning. The tributes to him have been wonderful and on The World at One this wonderful song of him with The Monty Python team was played. Here it is for you.

The following quotation came up today too. What a remarkable man he was in so many ways.

Stephen Hawking

It’s raining again!  Here is Welly-dog with daffodils through a rainy window. I love the distortion brought about by the water on the glass.

Through a rainy window

 

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International Women’s Day, A Book and A Sign

A fabulous sing today in honour of International Women’s day, singing ‘March of the Women’ by Ethel Smythe and C.Hamilton  and ‘Oxygen’ by Claire Ingleheart and Natalie McGrath, ‘Oxygen’ by Claire Ingleheart and Natalie McGrath, both rousing songs of determination the first sung here by the Suitcase Singers for International Women’s Day. The next video is a recording of The Ingleheart Singers singing ‘Oxygen’ in Truro Cathedral some years ago.

We bought this book for our LiveWires last Summer – a brilliant and inspiring read, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst, perfect for today.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Leaving Penryn today, I was amused by this house sign.

Hornpipe Cottage

 

 
 

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Woods, Music and Spoons

Our drive home yesterday through some woodland near Cardinham Woods was lovely. Had it not been throwing down hailstones, we may have gone for a walk!

Ancient trees near Bodmin

Singing with friends this morning was a real pleasure as we get to grips with our parts. There is something very special about creating harmonies with others. These words resonate with me.

Why Music?

I love the Spring flower designs on these measuring spoons. Sadly I don’t need any! However, if I see them again, that may not matter…….

Measuring spoons

 

 

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Cake, Viaduct and Falmouth Harbour

We both appreciated this sign in a local shop!

Sign in Thorntons

Leaving Truro this afternoon, we saw a different view of the viaduct.

Viaduct in Truro

After enjoying a delightful evening with friends at a Wilson and Wakeman gig in the Falmouth Poly, we walked down to see the harbour lights.

Lights in Falmouth Harbour

 

 

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Snow! Centenary and A Song

We woke to snow! What a treat for us here in Cornwall and it was all gone by lunchtime. Click on any photo for a wider view.

 

Today is the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage, 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. It was legislation that enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later. I have been publishing Suffragette Diary as my contribution to the Cause. Today has brought some special news and a song.

In my post yesterday, I shared my research which had led me to think that the anonymous Suffragette was, in fact, Gladys Roberts.  To my delight, that has been confirmed today by a researcher friend. Thank you, Lesley . And that is not all……

Lesley has also discovered information about my Great Granny, Mrs Wiseman, whom we knew had been force fed in Holloway for which she received the Holloway Brooch but we knew no more.   Now we know what Mary Wiseman did. At 53, she was an activist in Manchester and joined several other women in London in an attempt to present a petition to the Prime Minister. When the police tried to prevent the women, they ‘obstructed’ and some hit the police. For this they were arrested, taken to the Magistrate’s court and imprisoned.  One of the cuttings mentions Winston Churchill watching from behind the railings!

Cornishman 8 April 1909

Newspaper image ©The British Library Board. All rights reserved. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

I had a message as I started to transcribe the Diary from a songwriter who wanted to use it in creating a song about Suffragettes. ‘Of course,’ I said  and here is the song, many phrases of which you will recognise if you have read the Diary. Thank you, Matt, it’s brilliant!  https://museumsongwriter.wordpress.com/the-songs/

 

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Boat and Vivaldi by Candlelight

I could only stay for half tonight’s Inglehearts’ session as we were booked to see Vivaldi by Candlelight at The Hall for Cornwall. In the corridor at the school was another paper sculpture lantern – The Troon.

Troon boat

We thoroughly enjoyed the concert by The Locrian Ensemble.

The stage

From the programme

The locrian Ensemble - photo by Nadia Hubbard.

The Locrian Ensemble – photo by Nadia Hubbard

 

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