The Leaping Salmon should be back in action tonight (Thurs Jan 23). New hours apply from Sunday, meaning Monday and Tuesday closed.
Meanwhile The London Inn is selling tickets for a joint promotion with Radio Walkham, a dress-to-kill Valentines weekend ball at the school on Sat Feb 8, with popular local dance band Jessica & The Rabbits. Hear them on Hit The Road Jack …
Also still on, for early readers, a showing at Calstock Arts Thursday night Jan 23 for well-reviewed Cornish indie film Bait, starring the comedian who bills himself as The Kernow King. Some of his videos are online but for some reason it has become hard to find his masterpiece of incorrectness, Camborne Maids. We’d love to find a link.
Friday Jan 24 there is an open night at Meavy Hall, with wine nibbles and clips from films shot locally.
Sunday Jan 26 Plymouth Pavilions hosts the Circus of Horrors.
Monday Jan 27 Kaiser Chiefs at Plymouth Pavilions.
Weds Jan 29 – The Wharf has live stream of La Boheme by Royal Opera.
Village history discussions:
One topic arising from previous memoirs of Horrabridge is the use of furze as fuel. It was certainly used in ovens and fireplaces. Nobody is sure if it was used in tin smelting but word is it burns hot enough for that. After the annual swaling, kids used to be sent to pick up “blacksticks” – the leftovers of the gorse, with the prickles burned off. Swaling went on into the 1960s. Does anybody remember gathering blacksticks and how they burned?
Also of interest: Tavistock is mentioned as a place dealing in gorse seed. Does that mean farmers were choosing their strains for best cropping for fodder and fuel?
Book We Read:
Blood Knots is a beautiful collection of essays on fishing by Luke Jennings – author of, among other things, the stories which inspired the tv series Killing Eve. His lessons from a life of trying – you have to learn to catch small fish before you can catch big ones. And that means fishing “fine and far out” – the old fella who taught him to fish ponds never used anything except a 12 hook and the lightest line, sliver of flake or a tiny red worm.
PS on fishing: in case you wondered where Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer were when they caught a fine perch in Cornwall in Episode 4 of Series 2 of Gone Fishing, the answer is Upper Tamar Lakes, near Bude.
Cartoon Of The Week
This brilliant take on the Harry & Meg story last week was by McBill, the regular front page artist for the news digest magazine The Week. Thought we’d borrow it, with a salute to one of the great historical cartoonists of our times …