Monday, 11 January 2021

The King Will Come - Wishbone Ash

 With overnight temperatures still firmly locked in minus figures it is mighty unusual that we are able to start today's post with a Moth! Not, we hasten to add, of the recently caught variety but one that suddenly and unexpectedly emerged from a larvae at the home of one of our Weymouth agents.

Not just any old Moth the

is seriously rare across Great Britain and has never been recorded in our home county Dorset!

While the Moth was completely unexpected it was by no means the only surprise of the day as approaching the Chicken Coop this

scurried across the path before us and after yet another rendezvous with the now considered
Resident and Obliging
at the Main Pond
from where also came perhapes the biggest surprise of the Year so far let alone the Day!
(this a male)
has been recorded on but 3 previous occassions but never this far south
and on a watercourse bounded by continuous heavy traffic
it was thought unlikely to stay long
but did see out at least all daylight hours - Nice One!
Heading north, there were found to be dozen upon dozen of evidntial heeps showing that
Mr and Mrs MOLE
had been active overnight.
Otherwise, save for this mangy looking
there was little to keep us there but over the course of the afternoon
2 distinctly different
pitched in directly outside of Slight Return II our caravan home.
We end in similar fashion to which we started with images sent to us by a second
Weymouth Correspondant
the first 2 being from the stretch of sea water know as the Fleet which seperates mainland Weymouth from both the 18 miles long shingle spit known as Chesil Beach and the
Isle of Portland.
Both featuring
overwintering Wildfowl, mostly Wigeon with the odd Pintail, in the lagoon
along with this plaque attached to the recently refurbished
Cutter Inn, Weymouth which holds many a memory for myself.
Once owned by my next door neighbour on Portland, Mike Newton it was the hostalry where we would frequently meet the enigma that was Simon Regan a.k.a. 'Scalliwag'. The tales are far too many to relate but as a world and war correspondent correspondent for most of the broadsheet newspapers his CV was second to none! Forced to abandon Fleet Street over an embarrasing matter involving Charles and Dai he ended up exciled to Weymouth and by another amazing quirk of fate started his own local newspaper - SCALLIWAG - sold by undecover venders so controvesial were some of the articles. It was trouble with the MoD that took me into his circle and caused him the same when reporting the whole crooked matter to the outside world. R.I.P. Simon.

A Trilogy of Medievil Battle Anthems

Original line-up of this magical duel lead guitar band, Ted Turner - Lead Guitar, Banjo, Vocals, Martin Turner (no relation) - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Steve Upton - Drums and Andy Powell - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin.

As for the plaque, it was always KG II who most interested me with the film of nearly the same name being among my favourite top 3. Being unable to use the title “The Madness of King George II” for fear of the Americans particularly not going to see it before they had seen ‘Part I’ there is one scene that has remained with me ever since.   

The 2 butlers seriously naffed off with his behaviour were discussing other possibilities of employment elsewhere when one said to the other, “yes a good idea, but you will never make a living out of selling groceries Fortnum”! A Crippler!

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