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Usk Show: Crafts.

So we’ve had plenty of rants of late on footballers and gogwatch on these pages, so perhaps it’s time for a return to something a little more relaxing! These are the remaining photographic highlights taken from this years Usk show. There was a highly impressive range of artwork on display this year, with arrangements leading the way (customary fare for an agricultural show)  with a fair share of surprisingly comical entries as well.

 

The chick is probably our favourite!

Legal Clarification Released on Photographing Members of the Royal Family.

In light of scandalous news coming out of seedy, depraved and morally corrupt France, that one of those bottom feeding rags has dared to intrude upon the sanctity of the Royal inner sanctum, the most relevant and seemingly all pervasive Royal family has today moved quickly to release new guidance as to when it is acceptable and when it is certainly not, to publish images of the Royal Family in a state of nudity.

It is not acceptable when:

1. we have invested all our eggs in one basket.

2. our desire to remain relevant to society after all those summer parties we threw (or received, depends on your perspective) are forgotten, hinges on the public’s love of the target.

3. we would really rather not have to go through all that business again that we had with the last Princess we brought in.

It is acceptable when:

1. the targeted Royal has a history of mischief making

2. boys will be boys

3. the targeted Royal has in the past shown a propensity for disguising themselves as a Nazi

4. the targeted Royal has no shot at the throne anyway, so, you know, who cares

5. we can ship off the shamed Royal posthaste to a foreign war zone and hope for the best.

6. we’ve got a better one.

Usk Show: Horses Galore

First of a few photo blogs to work through from recent weeks. The Usk agricultural show really stood out this year, not just for the excellent weather and impressive attendance, but largely for the organisers getting the show going at all this year. Severe rainfall in the build up to the show had put it at risk, but such is the value of this cultural contribution to the local economy, that 24 hour a day efforts were undertaken to make certain that the show went ahead.

A regular staple of the show, and always a crowd favorite, are the wealth of prize equines on display, and here are just a small sample of those to compete this year.

Hounds and Horses

Certainly a subject for debate, as it was on the show ground.

Lining up for competition.

The large one to the left of shot was the star of the show.

The jumping went ahead despite concerns on conditions.

Several quick, clear rounds went in.

Clear efforts all round this time.

And something very different.

The heavyweight workers.

Probably the highlights of the day – such giant creatures working in perfect harmony.

Autumn Dew.

Early morning cobwebs caught in the Autumn dew. The end of the Welsh summer is on its way.

Super Dragon Spotting.

The Newport Super Dragons are back for a second edition. Finding them is proving a little tricky with so many moved indoors thanks to rain based issues, but here are a few of those stumbled across today.

Brecon

The Brecon Beacons offer some of the most impressive views in Wales. These images, taken on a changeable day, hopefully begin to illustrate the majestic nature of what Wales can offer. There would have been a lot more of the landscape on offer, though sadly the rain and hail closed in before the day was through, so this is really only a scratching of the surface.

Into Brecon itself from this point on.

and my favourite to finish on…

Pompeii Past

It’s been an interesting week on eyeonwales, lots and lots and lots of political ranting, which has all been fun and games, but time for something different now, and a return to the travel journals. This is a collection of images that we had forgotten still existed, but nice to stumble over them once more in the archives. Taken in heavy rain, with a battered camera lens, there is a certain rustic charm to some of these (or perhaps that’s a generous way of saying that the images are just not that great 😉 , either way, we enjoyed taking them).

The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival.

A few snaps from this years festival. Another great occasion, though we were only there with the back up camera on the final day. Must apologise, consumption was the order of the day, so photographic quantity and quality are on the short side with this entry!

The Rebel Brewery in full swing.

Choir in action.

As far as the memory goes.

Making up Pyramids.

Enigmatic things are pyramids – capturing the imagination and the tourist pound, if there is a chance of making an argument for having a pyramid on your doorstep, few would skip out on the chance to tell that story. Few examples illustrate this better than the pyramids of Güímar. Found in Tenerife, this heavily invested archaeological site invites visitors to surrender a hefty sum of money at the door, in order to explore this, no doubt interesting, ‘pyramid complex’.

If you are in no mood to start scratching at the surface of this site, you would be forgiven for accepting that these are indeed evidence of a complex society, developing pyramidal structures, aligned perfectly for solstice based events – for who knows what form of mystical rituals or ceremonies. Of course, that is only half of the story.

The site does recognise in it’s interpretation that there is an alternative narrative to be had here. While one argument is presented that makes the case for this being a prehistoric site of world significance, the other story is one of 19th century farming structures, the likes of which you can see scattered all over the country. Both can be found in the on site literature, however, in terms of the spin, there is little doubt as to where this ‘museum’ has invested its interests.

For the museum/business at Güímar, this is almost certainly a site of prehistoric importance. They recognise of course that there is no evidence to support such a theory, apart from wild comparative inferences that requires no physical archaeological data to support the argument, yet there is no institutional reservation about spinning the story.

Visit this site, and you will enjoy some fine scenery, and some impressively well preserved, though abandoned, 19th century farmsteads. You will most certainly not find yourself in the middle of a complex prehistoric spiritual landscape. But take the on site interpretation on face value alone, and you would be forgiven for coming away thinking just that.

A site to be treated with extreme caution.

 

Island Heads

Some heads discovered on recent travels around Tenerife – no shortage of ominous looking faces looming down on you from on high there!