Thursday, 14 February 2013
Derry/Londonderry. Part One.
Great views going over and a smooth touchdown with fine views of a pretty Muff appearing below us in the sunshine. Derry airport must be the only airport where you can say that. Its a nearby village
with its own diving centre and a much coveted souvenir tee shirt.
Yep. It does say what you think it does!
I learn this while Graeme and Bob (Yes, another one, known in this blog now as handsome Bob)
had a large fried breakfast. I'll be ugly Bob then I suppose.
We were still in time to catch this menu as we arrived at Glasgow's Central station around seven am. I was up at five am, an early rise. Ryan air are the only company to fly out of Prestwick now. Long may they continue.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Rover_Tangi Fascinating history of its development here as it evolved to cope with increasing levels of attack.
Come to think of it its probably survived this long due to being situated in Northern Ireland only recently coming into competition with the multi national giant superstore outlets that are gradually flattening everything else in their path. Think the prices will stay low if any single chain wins the battle to gain overall control of the market place?
I was told it has a smashing interior and restaurant but we didn't have time for a visit.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Derry. A short history here.
As anyone who reads this blog knows I love going to places then finding out about their history. Plenty of that here for the visitor. We never encountered any trouble but common-sense has to be used when wandering around any area in an unfamiliar city. Basically don't ask daft questions in the wrong part. You'll not find me doing that :)
This city is a very colourful and an exciting place for a visit. For anyone wanting to see Part One its posted here on November 2012, two months back. LegenDerry sums this city up. Great place for a visit.
Part two in a few days time is an account of the mountains we climbed over in the west. To be continued....
On a completely different topic its a classic video from the sixties now. Arthur Brown and his Iconic headgear. A real showman and a rock pioneer this sight has inspired so many bands and singers. Alice Cooper and Peter Gabriel come to mind. He even does an early version of robotic dancing! In 1968! Coincidentally the Rolling Stones came out with Jumping Jack Flash and the quintessential Mick Jagger prancing image the same year. Arthur Brown's hit is listed as May 1968. The stones JJF was written sometime in the same year. No month given.
Anyone know which came first. Just a thought :)
Screaming Jay Hawkins. I put a spell on you. This is so over the top its unreal. And mind zapping!