The Prince of Denmark?

Look here, upon this picture, and on this.

Up the Inny

I have added some photos to my page on the Inny. They were taken in relatively poor light on 17 November 2018 and cover some places between the Red Bridge and Ballinalack. My attempt to find the canal in Baronstown was unsuccessful and I didn’t have time to go as far as Lough Derravaragh, alas.

Pumping the Royal

Waterways Ireland is still pumping water from the River Inny into the Royal Canal at the Whitworth Aqueduct near Abbeyshrule, but the level is still well down. I imagine that that makes it impossible, at least for larger boats, to travel the canal at present.

The location

The inflow from the pump

The level on the aqueduct

Bolshies on the Grand

The Grand Canal Company strike of 1890, starring William Martin Murphy and Barry Fitzgerald.

Don’t read this!

If you read this article, Norman Geras “Our Morals: the ethics of revolution” from Socialist Register Vol 25 1989, MI5 (or 6, or one of them) will be round to your house pulling your fingernails out with a pliers before you can say “but it’s on my reading list“.

Perhaps the University of Reading (where, let us remember, Robert Gibbings, onetime Munster Fusilier, taught) should consider renaming itself as the University of Not Reading.

And perhaps Her Majesty’s Government is run by a combination of fascists and nitwits.

 

Maya Bugge and the Standedge Tunnel

The Standedge Tunnel, on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, is the longest (5 km), deepest (under the Pennines) and highest (above sea level) canal tunnel in Britain. There is nothing remotely like it in Ireland, where the only canal tunnel was a miserable effort on the Ulster Canal in Monaghan town.

The western entrance to the Standedge Tunnel: the Diggle portal

Inside the tunnel (2005)

Light at the end of the … (2005)

The eastern end at Standedge, a short walk from Marsden

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Slaithwaite, downstream from Marsden

The “large village” of Marsden (home to the Riverhead Brewery) is close to the Standedge portal. It runs an annual jazz festival and, in 2017, it had the Norwegian cellist and composer Maya Bugge create, perform and record in the Standedge Tunnel.

The recording, No Exit, is now available on Bandcamp for a mere STG£10 (digital) or £12 (CD). There are five tracks:

  • Lullaby for Standedge Tunnel
  • Legging
  • Passage
  • Boat
  • No Exit.

Highly recommended.

Qui es in caelis

How Sheffield tackled Terry Riley’s In C,

Not a complete performance, alas, but very entertaining.

It’s one o’ they new-fangled HTML5 thingies.

Description of the event here and architectural context here; h/t Jonathan Calder of Liberal England.

In C-ab

What to watch while listening to In C.

Very flat, Norway. Not.

Here’s today’s performance. Minimalism with buck-leppin.

Floating remains

The Limerick Advertiser states, that whilst a funeral was lately passing from the shore to a small island [presumably Inis Cealtra, Holy Island] in the great Lough above Killaloe, the friends and relatives of the deceased having thought the ice sufficiently strong to carry the corpse across, it unfortunately broke, and the remains of the deceased were precipitated into the water, and a number of people, who were conveying the corpse, fell in and perished.

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
3 February 1820

Terry Riley

Most people, I presume, listen to Terry Riley‘s In C at least once a day. There are many recordings and performances on YouTube, but perhaps this one, by the Brooklyn Raga Massive, deserves to be better known.