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2009-06-25 10:13:51

Swine flu cases in England have forced some Roman Catholic churches to temporarily stop sharing Communion wine, church officials say. That was the case in the Plymouth Diocese where two confirmed incidents of H1NI virus, also called the swine flu, were reported. Other churches are expected to follow suit, the Times of London said Thursday. Priests in Plymouth also have been told that they should only offer bread directly into people's hands and not place it on the tongue. The diocese...

2008-10-11 00:00:24

A fter a summer spent in the Los Angeles sunshine winning fans on the other side of the Atlantic, delightful singer songwriter Amy May is back on home turf in Cornwall and gearing up for a special concert alongside acoustic pop troubadour Louis Eliot and his band. The two will share a double bill at the Acorn, Penzance, next weekend, with a special guest appearance on fiddle and mandolin from Martin Bell, latterly of The Wonder Stuff and the Albion Band, and a keen supporter of both...

2008-10-04 00:00:18

Trestle Theatre's show Lola - the true story of an infamous 19th century fake Spanish dancer - is at the Exeter Northcott next week. Lola Montez was born Eliza Rosanna Gilbert in Ireland in 1821. As an adult, she reinvented herself as a Spanish dancer, Lola Montez, and performed throughout the world seducing many wealthy and influential men along the way including Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Lola led a tumultuous life, never settling in any one place or with anyone for long....

2008-09-28 00:00:24

A QUITE superb first edition copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales is available today at Morrab Book Fair in Penzance. Considering these are children's books, and probably handled by them, makes this even more impressive. Having 40 tipped-in colour plates by the incomparable Arthur Rackham, it is available at this delightful annual event for pounds450, and is almost 100 years old, as it was published in 1909. The irrepressible Jennings was the brainchild of Anthony Buckeridge, who died recently in...

2008-08-02 00:00:19

Ollie the Busker has brought music to the streets of Penzance for the last 15 years. But now the colourful character claims he feels unwelcome on his patch because some shops and businesses turn the volume of their own sound systems up and drown him out. The 54-year-old entertainer says every time he returns to his favourite spot in Causewayhead, near the town's Savoy Cinema, the volume of a flat screen TV showing film trailers mysteriously increases. He claims one shopkeeper wrote...

2008-07-22 00:00:24

By SU CARROLL Features Editor A NEW exhibition exploring one of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery's most admired artworks will open on Saturday A Fish Sale... Explored will take a fresh look at the well-known Newlyn School painting A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach by Stanhope Forbes. The exhibition will use the painting as its sole focus and will bring its historic context to life with a selected range of objects and artefacts including a study dating from 1884, on loan from Penlee...

2008-06-18 00:00:17

M iracle Theatre have posted a short film on their recently- revamped website, where it is possible to relive just a few of those fleeting moments of genius for which this Cornish company is renowned. From The Government Inspector to Hamlet, The Taming Of The Shrew to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, their achievements in the past few years alone prove, if proof were needed, that London and Edinburgh do not hold a monopoly on mould-breaking drama. Formed way back in 1979, Miracle are as hard...

2006-08-18 08:14:13

LONDON (Reuters) - Animal rights activists have described as "sick" a live art performance involving a naked woman cradling a dead pig for four hours. Kira O'Reilly's show, called "Inthewrongplaceness" will be performed at the Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance, southwest England, later on Friday. James Green, the gallery's director, defended the show, saying that the audience would be controlled, with one person at a time watching the performance for up to 10 minutes each. "In terms of...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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