Friday, 15 November 2013
Saturday, 26 October 2013
They are formulaic: In memory of name son/daughter of William Lloyd and Elizabeth Warrington who died date aged years/months; then followed by a Welsh inscription.
|Eleanor Lloyd||April 14th 1883||11 months|
|Charlotte||November 10th 1889||1 year and 10 months|
|William John||September 26th 1894||4 years and 3 months|
The inscriptions are:
- Fel blodeuyn y daw allan, ac y corrir ef ymaith - As the flower blooms, it is cut down
- Ewyllys yr Arglwydd a wneler - The Lord's will be done
- Flodeuyn a gwympodd - The flower fell
How very sad.
Monday, 30 September 2013
So it was interesting during a recent trip to the land of Chips 'n' Chocolate [Belgium] to visit St Donaas' church in Zeebrugge and see again some fairly good and recent glass, dominant in blue. (Zeebrugge, incidentally, has a population of only 6 or so; St Donaas' is a good mariners' church, complete with boat on altar).
It's not well-known, or documented elsewhere (that I can find), so I wrote to the Pastoor to enquire. He promptly replied with two pieces of illustrative information [in English]
- A cursory description of the church and its environs, telling me "The glass panels from the church in 1965".
- Brief details of two VCs awarded to Capt. Bamford and Sgt. Finch [R.M.], who were part of the sea battle of Zeebrugge held on 23rd April 1918 (yes, St. George's Day).
Meanwhile, I'd be pleased to learn more about the Zeebrugge glass, if anyone knows.
Out of interest, Aberystwyth has some good glass in both St Michael's:St Anne's, Penparcau:
Saturday, 21 September 2013
- A classic Burton building in the High Street ...
- ... founded by Barbara Burton ...
- ... with elephants in the window, just like Aber.
- People "buying bricks" for the cathedral. It might have been my family, but wasn't.
- A beautifully carved Madonna.
- A metaphor for our times.
- A plaintive sculpture.
- The Jellicoe Roof Garden viewed from afar.
- A really very graceful cathedral.
- A lady.
- A clock.
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
The average daily generation and usage look like this (click to enlarge)
(recall that "usage" is not a clearly defined quantity).
The best fit sine waves to generation and usage, plotted on the graphs, are (click to enlarge):
The waves are (again) reassuringly homed on the spring equinox. The average daily generation in 2011-12 was 9.8KWh, and in 2012-13 was 11.3KWh - yes, the weather really was better!
Out of interest, remember especially that June 2012 was awful, and July 2013 was pretty good - here are the pictures for those months against the best fit - no prizes for guessing which is which:
Well, the upfront money-in-pocket from the FIT is now over £5/day. What we save from using free rather than costed power, and pushing surplus into the grid, is as ever secondary and difficult to pinpoint, but is certainly another positive quantity.
We're not regretting this purchase.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
In a moment of idleness, I set about capturing a list of covers with youtube or similar links. Mercifully, early on in this pointless exercise I discovered a shrine to this immortal song. Whoever did this work has done a more than thorough job. Go see.
Do not miss:
- The deeply poignant original by Elton Mortello, Jet Boy, Jet Girl.
- Hemmi Gunn's version, translated into Icelandic as Einn dans við mig.
- The dancing video in Thee headcoatees version.
- Seriously foxy ladies in the Swiss band Tears.
- Pigloo - hahahahahahaha!
- Andre Vershuren's accordion instrumental.
(Apropos of Elton Mortello's version, he must have known of Jet Boy by the NYD, which I saw performed live in York in, ummm, 1974.)
Ca plane pour moi - ganz wahr.
Sunday, 30 June 2013
- In Polish, the word for please is proszę, which the British cannot distinguish in pronunciation from prosię, meaning piglet. How many times have I walked into a Polish bar and said "Two beers, piglet!"?
- In Welsh, the word for beer is cwrw (do remember that w is a vowel). A cuckoo is, unsurprisingly, cwcw, which is a distressingly close thing.
- The Greek for beer is μπύρα, which is bloody confusing for the linguistically inept mathematician who knows the letters, but not that mu and pi combine to give a b. So actually, they call it beer.
(The Polish for cuckoo is kukułka.)