picThe Langdales from Moss Eccles Tarn

Wallgate Chronicles


pic Adolphe Adam - A short profile of a talented French musician, composer of such masterpieces as the ballet Giselle and the beautiful Christmas song "O' Holy Night".
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens at his best in this classic tale of mystery, intrigue and heroism played out in the late eighteenth Century in the period before and during the French revolution, first published in 1859.
A Walk in the Hills - Memories from a holiday at the Belsfield Hotel, Bowness on Windermere and an eventful day exploring the countryside between the two lakes, Windermere and Esthwaite Water. A circular walk from Bowness, crossing the ferry to Sawrey, over Claife Heights, passing Moss Eccles and Wise Ean Tarns to Ambleside returning by lake steamer.
Barnaby Rudge, a review - Less well known perhaps but nevertheless a fine book by Charles Dickens. A gripping tale of mystery, romance, mayhem and tragedy set against a background of the Gordon Riots of 1780, we follow the fortunes of the Rudge, Vardon, Willet, Chester and Haredale families at this time of great uncertainty and turbulence. Several story lines run through the narrative but the main plot concerns the adventures of the central character Barnaby Rudge, a young man with learning difficulties, his pet Raven "Grip" and his long suffering mother.
picBookcase - An attempt at book review focussing on four historical novels, 'The Fortress' by Hugh Walpole, 'Dover Harbour' and 'King Cotton' by Thomas Armstrong and 'The Fox of Maulen' by Hans Helmutt Kirst. Whether you select reading material on recommendation, have favourite authors or prefer a surprise from the library book sale, these titles are sure to interest. The first three with their wonderful but slightly dated language are not an easy read and some are sadly out of print, however good second hand copies are still around and finding one will prove very rewarding and well worth the effort.
Cat Bells 2004 - A Lake District walk from Portinscale to Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy above Borrowdale returning via the Newlands Valley.
Desert Island Discs - Waiting patiently for so long to be invited to take part in the legendary BBC radio 4 programme and gradually coming to accept that it may never happen, I have decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own version. I hope you will indulge me and imagine the voice of Kirsty and access the likes of youtube for audio versions of the pieces selected.
picEay Times Uv Changed - The lamentations of a cash strapped father struggling to cope with the increased expectations of the younger generation and the demands of modern life.
Fidelio - A personal view of a fine opera by a favourite composer.
Fun with Trigonometry - Indulge in a little fun on a winter's evening and brush up your mathematics, you never know, one day it may come in useful when the grandchildren get stuck with their homework.
Hard Times - A classically good read in the manner expected of Charles Dickens, set in a fictitious northern industrial town during the time of the industrial revolution, relating the story of well meaning but misguided Thomas Gradgrind, his family and their partially self inflicted misfortunes. A real page turner with an interesting insight into the social history of the industrial north in Victorian England.
Hugo Boss comes to Wigan - A sideways look at an eventful 40th wedding anniversary trip to Vienna and a bold experiment to capture the essence of the dialect of the south Lancashire coalfield communities.
picIvanhoe - Another great novel from the pen of Walter Scott, set in the north of England in the middle ages at the time of the crusades in a strained political atmosphere between the indigenous Saxons and the Norman invaders.;
Little Dorrit - A classic heartwarming story of rags to riches, mystery and intrigue as a diverse group of characters negotiate life's unpredictable landscape in Victorian England.
Lohengrin - An overview and synopsis of this Wagner opera, with its memorable music and a storyline from tenth century European legend involving Parsifal and the knights of the Holy Grail. A tale of damsel in distress, a knight in shining armour and justice done but at great personal cost!.
In the Footsteps of the Manchester Rambler - A circular walk from Hayfield via a section of the Pennine Way, Kinder Downfall and the moorland site of the mass trespass in 1932 in the struggle for the right to roam.
Rob Roy - A review and synopsis of a classic novel by Sir Walter Scott set in London, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands at the time of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion.
picRomance on a Budget - 'Or the wrong way to a woman's heart, an alternative version of a wedding anniversary trip to Vienna documented elsewhere on this page in another form.
Semele - A brief description of this fine opera by Handel. The storyline taken from ancient Greco Roman mythology and concerns the mortal princess Semele and her adulterous affair with Jupiter the King of the Gods, appearing in human form as a handsome young Adonis, but being divine able to transform into a multitude of guises.
Surprise at the Philharmonic - An account of a pleasant evenings entertainment at Liverpool's iconic art deco concert hall and an interesting precursor to a metaphorical "Journey to Rheims". A marvellous introduction to this seldom performed opera by Rossini relating an eventful journey to the coronation of the French King Charles X and further testament to the phenominal output from the pen of this talented composer.
picThe Battle of Solferino - A significant event in the second Italian war of independence between the forces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and those of Piedmont Sardinia and their French allies. Reports of the carnage in the aftermath of the conflict are said to have resulted in the Geneva Convention and the setting up of the Red Cross.
The Bohemian Girl - An opera in three acts by the Irish composer Michael Balfe, libretto by Alfred Bunn first performed in London in 1843. A very light "feel good" opera with an up-beat, tuneful and popular appeal, it contains many memorable arias and a story line to warm the cockles of the heart on a wet Sunday afternoon. This little Irish masterpiece compares well with the operas of Rossini and the likes of 'Il Seraglio' by Mozart and is well worth listening to.
The Fair Maid of Perth - A synopsis of one of the lesser known novels of Sir Walter Scott. A "page turner" affording an interesting insight into 15th century Scottish history, a thoroughly good read and highly recommended.
picThe Force of Destiny - A short synopsis of this fine opera by Giuseppe Verdi, rather a grim storyline and probably not for the faint hearted, but with superb music and libretto it is a composition worthy of a place amongst the best in the genre and well worth a listen.
The Getaway Car - A sad tale about the risks, pleasures and disappointments (mainly disappointments) of motoring in the late 20th century and how the slings and arrows of misfortune can sometimes amuse.
The Marriage of Figaro - A review and synopsis of this well known opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, first performed to wide acclaim in 1786.
The Old Curiosity Shop - A review and synopsis of a novel by Charles Dickens, a wonderful entertaining read as it follows the trials and tribulations of the fourteen year old Nell Trent and her elderly grandfather through a series of adventures after they become destitute, losing everything at the hands of charlatans and fraudsters, who take advantage of the old man's misplaced sense of responsibility for his granddaughter's future welfare.
picThe Ravioli Room - Shades of 'Saturday Night Sunday Morning' in a Standish food factory! "Silent Worship" would have been a more appropriate title for this sad tale of unrequited love, set in the early 1960's, however George Frederick Handel and a score of others thought of it first so I must respect their copyright.
The Spectroscope (a Clandestine Project) - Building a spectroscope using a diffraction grating and miscellaneous waste water plumbing items, and a surprisingly successful outcome despite many delays, trials and tribulations. Attempting to make up for opportunities squandered during physics lessons in the fifties and sixties hopefully this will prove a useful tool and give hours of endless fun exploring the properties of light and other interesting applications possible in the average domestic kitchen.
picThe Switchroom, Wigan - A snapshot of life in a pre subscriber trunk dialling 1960s telephone exchange.
Travels in Time 1960 - A nostalgic trip down memory lane as the author recalls past pleasurable adventures and relives an epic youthful rail journey to Europe made in July 1960.
Travels in Time 2010 - A sad tale of broken dreams and disappointment and a salutory lesson in the dangers of nostalgia as the author foolishly tries repeat the experience of a memorable rail journey first made almost fifty years ago.

picLyme Hall Cheshire

picFarthingale Publications: ..... Is a hobby web site containing articles of local interest to Lancastrians, some favourite walking and cycling routes, selected words and poetry, and some writings of more general nature as well as the authors own picture gallery. Access is available via the homepage and menu at the head of the page or via one of the direct links below.

picLocal Interest: A Cricket Calypso; Dust Upon God's Fair Earth; God's Choir; Isaac Watts 1674 - 1748; It's a Funny Life; John Byrom 1692 - 1793; John Lancaster Wigan MP; Jubilee Park Memorial, Ashton in Makerfield; Little Ships at War 1918; Mind Your Language; Not Much of a Warrior; Peveril of the Peak; Private Thomas Whitham VC; Richmond Hill Dairies; Scot Lane School Wigan; The Brocklebank Line; The Holy City Liverpool; The Lindsays of Haigh; The Nurburgring 1960; Thomas Aspinwall Miners Agent; Thomas Aspinwall Obituary; Thomas Linacre School Wigan; Upholland Telephone Exchange; Wigan Advertisements 1960; Wigan Old Bank 1792; Wigan Soldier Missing in Action.
Walking & Cycling: Abbey Lakes to Coppull Moor; A Lancashire Linear Walk; Blackrod or Bust; Chorley Ice Cream Walk; Cycle the Monsal Trail; Cycle the Sankey Valley; Douglas Valley Dawdle; Freshfield to Crosby; Haigh to Borsdane Wood; Irwell Valley Trail (Bury to Rawtenstall); Irwell Valley Trail (Bury to Salford); Moss Eccles Tarn; Three Counties Cycle Ride; Wigan Circular by Bike.
Words & Poetry: A Lancashire Mon; A Legend of Montrose; Aw've Turned me bit O' Garden O'er; Boat Song; Calm is the Sea; Classic Poetry; Dombey and Son; Dover Harbour; Dust upon God's Fair Earth; God Bless these Poor Wimmen that's Childer; Hymn Before Action; Jeff Unsworth's dialect poetry; King Cotton; Martyrs of the Arena; Martin Chuzzlewit; Mind Your Language; Only a Cranky Owd Foo'; On Th' Hills; Poet's Corner; Redgauntlet; Rogue Herries; The Antiquary; The Bride of Lammermoor; Th' Coartin' Neet; The Darkling Thrush; The Fair Rosamond; The Fair Rosamond Comic; The Family Man; The Glory of the Garden; The Heart of Midlothian; The Pickwick Papers; The Rolling English Road; The Wreck of the Hesperus; Toddlin' Whoam; When Winds Breathe Soft; Wisdom.
Wallgate Chronicles: Adolphe Adam; A Tale of Two Cities; A Walk in the Hills; Barnaby Rudge; Bookcase; Cat Bells; Desert Island Discs; Eay Times Uv Changed; Fidelio; Fun with Trigonometry; Hard Times; Hugo Boss comes to Wigan; In the footsteps of the Manchester Rambler; Ivanhoe; Little Dorrit; Lohengrin; Rob Roy; Romance on a Budget; Semele; Surprise at the Philharmonic; The Battle of Solferino; The Bohemian Girl; The Fair Maid of Perth; The Force of Destiny; The Getaway Car; The Marriage of Figaro; The Old Curiosity Shop; The Ravioli Room; The Spectroscope; The Switchroom, Wigan; Travels in Time 1960; Travels in Time 2010.