From my unique collection of bicycle songs ‘An Old-Fashioned Bicycle’. You can find the whole album in menu 4 above. The couple on the tandem were on honeymoon! Their story is on Tackling the Heights Together.
The first mosaic photo shows my wife with some of the teddies, woollen jumpers and blankets she knitted for Goods For Good. Click the pics for a better view.
The top photo is of the watermill at Narborough as I couldn’t find one at Lynn, despite the plentiful supply of water; all the others are in the pleasant town of King’s Lynn, where I sang years ago and had a fancy to live there.
What a good painting of a band by Nicolaes Molenaer (1630–1676) at the top of the page. I’m fairly sure they didn’t play our three tune medley. Country dance, ceilidh, folk dance, call it what you will, is going strong in most of Europe, from small local dances to huge street festivals. It’s something worth celebrating. I’m only sorry that I had to play this music on my own.
Not to be confused with our neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy, the Andromeda constellation is one of the 88 modern constellations. More importantly for this image, it is home to the pictured NGC 7640. Many different classifications are used to identify galaxies by shape and structure — NGC 7640 is a barred spiral type. These are recognisable by their spiral arms, which fan out not from a circular core, but from an elongated bar cutting through the galaxy’s centre. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is also a barred spiral galaxy. NGC 7640 might not look much like a spiral in this image, but this is due to the orientation of the galaxy with respect to Earth — or to Hubble, which acted as photographer in this case! We often do not see galaxies face on, which can make features such as spiral arms less obvious. There is evidence that NGC 7640 has experienced some kind of interaction in its past. Galaxies contain vast amounts of mass, and therefore affect one another via gravity. Sometimes these interactions can be mild, and sometimes hugely dramatic, with two or more colliding and merging into a new, bigger galaxy. Understanding the history of a galaxy, and what interactions it has experienced, helps astronomers to improve their understanding of how galaxies — and the stars within them — form.
Words & music Maurice Sigler/Al Goodhart/Al Hoffman. There’s more about this album of oldies on Albums 6 in the menu above.
Here’s my hand-written introduction to a whole album of veteran bicycle songs I collected during my years touring the folk clubs up and down the country.Sadly, last week my wife had to sell her lovely Holdsworth touring cycle, her travelling companion of more than thirty years. The good news was meeting David and Gill, the new owner. She’s in the top photo out on the high roads of Yorkshire. Click on the mosaic pics to see them all larger.