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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Book Signing: Treasure of the Golden Grape by Selwyn Williams

Treasure of the Golden Grape
by Selwyn Williams

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Local author Selwyn Williams, will be at Imagine Books, St Albans Street, on Wednesday, 1st August 2012 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm to launch his new book Treasure of the Golden Grape, published by Deadman’s Bay Publishing.

The book tells the exhilarating story of a Dutch Trading Ship out of Amsterdam which was wrecked in a storm of the Chesil beach in 1641. The story goes on to tell of the Dorset locals who salvaged her cargo and of what they went on to do during the English Civil War. Some of whom (The Crabchurch Conspirators) caused the deaths of over 500 people in Weymouth, most in just one night of bloodletting, mayhem and heroism.

Source: www.deadmansbay.co.uk

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Book Signing: Weymouth Bound by Paul Weston

Weymouth Bound
by Paul Weston

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Paul Weston, author of  a new novel Weymouth Bound, will be giving a free talk at Weymouth Library, part of the launch of their local exhibition between 10.30am  to 12.00pm.

Following the Library event, Paul will be signing his books at Imagine Books, St Albans Street, from 1.00pm, with complimentary drinks and snacks courtesy of the publisher Roving Press.  For more information visit Roving Press at www.rovingpress.co.uk

Set in 1800, Weymouth Bound charts the rise of young seaman Jack Stone, a Portland smuggler’s son and apprentice on a merchant ship. Paul takes you on an exciting journey along the English south coast and across to France, involving desperate struggles at sea and the near-capture of the King at Weymouth.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Events: Musicians' workshop with Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson

'...an hop about like fleas' is a concert, a performance, a 360° digital experience, a new dance, and some very old stories, curated by Caperbag CIC with Tim Laycock, Colin Thompson and the Great Caper in the stunning ICCI 360° Arena.

Calling young dancers aged 16 -25yrs from any dance background...

Immediate Start.

A unique opportunity to be involved in the creation of a new dance. Bringing tradition into the multi media environment of the ICCI 360 Dome. A dance in traditional Cotswold Morris style, to be performed to a tune by Benjamin Rose of the 1820’s and played for you by today’s young Dorset musicians.

A series of workshops will be held in Weymouth/ Dorchester leading to a performance on Friday 7th Sept 2012.

And calling all youth musicians...

A unique opportunity for young South West based acoustic musicians, aged 12-25, to take part in the Cultural Olympiad. ‘…an hop about like fleas!’.

  • Sun 8th July -  The Old Town Hall, Weymouth 10am-12.30pm
  • Sat 14th July - Scout Hut Dorchester 10am-12.30pm
  • Friday 7th Sept - whole day workshop ICCI 360 Dome Weymouth with a performance the same evening.
All workshops will be led by Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson. Sheet music and a CD will be provided at the pre- workshops. Please bring your own music stand.

Back in 1820 an innkeeper, farmer and, we believe West Gallery musician, Benjamin Rose started to collect the tunes of his time, some famous, some local and some of his own. His manuscripts, recently discovered in an auction, present the bedrock of this production. It is open to secondary school aged acoustic musicians of the area. There will be a full day’s workshop on Friday 7th Sept in the dome leading to a performance that evening.

For more information give Kim a ring on 0117 9401566 / 07813 346819, email greatcapermorris@aol.com 

Source: www.caperbag.co.uk/an-hop-about-like-fleas.html

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Haunted Bridge at Corfe Castle

White Lady of Corfe Bridge
The bridge by Corfe Castle is haunted by the headless ghost of a woman, dressed in a long white nightgown. She has been seen several times, the most recent on the 4th July 1967, by a local man, who was driving home at two o'clock in the morning, when the apparition drifted across the road in front of him.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Weatherlore: Dog Days are Over

In years gone by, the weeks from 3rd July to 11th, August were regarded as the hottest time of the year. They were known as ‘Dog Days’ because the period coincides with the rise of ‘Sirius’, the ‘dog star’, hence the name.
‘As the Dog Days commence,
So they end’.
However, like the poor weather we have been having for the last few weeks. If it rains on first dog day (July 3rd), it will rain for 40 days after.
Dog days bright and clear
indicate a happy year;
But when accompanied by rain,
For better times our hopes are vain

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