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May Day Padstow Lafrowda and Cornwall (Trevor) [May. 4th, 2008|08:53 am]
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Well quite, I don't call these ancient festivals wh. are not ancient mostly but shams - culture!

The Padstow 'obby 'oss had a traditional battle with the Minehead 'obby 'orse to which my Minehead family were attached. Padstow is so far from Penzance +A never went there.

'They' revived 'Mazey' Day in Penzance 12 or 15 years ago, wh. is truly awful. Crowds and crowds of stalls and of course drunk folk and shrieking, yelling, smells of vomit and frying fat.

It is a Big Thing and people come from afar to see it and sell things. You can't live a normal life walking through the streets, it is solid walls of crowds. Even I panic - and I'm not given to panicing. Jennyand I and any sensible person hates it. The only people who like it are the idiots who perform - they like showing off - and people who make money from it, wh. is the main idea.

They dint 'revive' May day celebrations in PZ warrever youtube said. Or if they did it was so low key no one noticed. Any excuse, and the shops close here, and is all normal. Normal for Cornwall!

To be fair about culture there are book groups and there is a posh private libe to which +A belonged but as they made no concessions to disabled people for parking +A could not get there so gave up.

Sometimes there are second or third rate classical concerts in Penzance but u can't get to them and back without a car evenings. There are several choirs and light operatic societies for people to join.

+A liked Lafrowda day in St. Just wh. was the 'reviving' of an old festival - still stalls, horrible music, and frying fat, but properly local and so far from the rest of anywhere even not all of Cornwall comes!

I was so sad going last year and year before with +A gone, but I could not avoid it as I live right by it and you have to pass through to get bus or shopping.

Lafrowda 'festival' goes on all week wh. is trying as they have amplified 'music' blaring from the 'plen an gwary' (playing place - hundreds of years old) every evening for a week, (wh. was awful for +A too) and various daft events everyone is supposed to get excited about.

'Mazey day' is the culmination of a week of chaos in Penzance.


The Internet dropped out at 9 am yesterday and didn't reappear until 3 am this morning.  TPG explained that it was a "third party" problem at St. Mary's exchange.  I watched the final episode of "Doc Martin" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Martin on the ABC which is set in Cornwall last night.  I might seek out the first episode which I missed as I have no idea why Doc Martin left London for Cornwall.  This is being posted using Mickysoft's Live "Writer" for Blogs.  I now have Live Headphones ( and a Live Webcam) which insist on Live being installed.  I have no idea what I might do with the webcam - but it works with the software I use for Internet Telephone calls although there's no video calling with TPG.


[User Picture]From: dharawal
2008-05-04 03:08 am (UTC)
Well THAT depends on which version of Doc Martin you want to know about, in the original three movie length versions of Doc Martin, also starring Martin Clunes, he left london and ended up in cornwall (not Portwenn in these ones) because he found out that his Wife had been sleeping with ALL of his best friends.

In the series which they obviously decided to make on the back of the success of the three movies, he left London and ended up in Portwenn because he developed a phobia about blood, not a good thing for a surgeon, Portwenn I think because thats where his Aunt was and he had happy memories of his childhood spent with her.
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2008-05-04 03:17 am (UTC)

Yes. I've been doing some research into the series which ended yesterday evening with Doc Martin NOT getting married. There are three DVD sets available in the UK and from tomorrow 3 DVD sets available in Australia with the third set available from May 5th. Each boxed set costs $39.95 at an ABC shop.

I've only seen the occassional episode (sometimes repeats of episodes I've seen before) and with Trevor living in Cornwall where my (now deceased) brother lived the portrayal of life in Cornwall is "interesting" although Trevor says the series portays the inhabitants of Cornwall as a load of ignorant hicks (or words to that effect).

I've feebly attempted to find the DVDs at JB HiFi where they stock BBC stuff but to no avail. There's an ABC shop in Penrith. I'll check it out tomorrow when I will take my NEIS form for May to the NEIS people so they can gloat over my lack of revenue - but EXCELLENT intent ! :-)
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