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The Curious Savage
'The Curious Savage' is to be performed at the Phoenix
Theatre, Ross-on-Wye from Friday 14th to Saturday 22nd
Curious Savage is a play which was originally written
as a vehicle for actress, Lillian Gish, who began her
career in silent movies but became an all-around film
author of the play, John Patrick, also wrote 'Tea House
of the August Moon' and both plays were a big hit on Broadway.
Phoenix Theatre production is directed by David Edwards,
an experienced writer/performer recently returned from
the USA. As well as appearances at both the Bristol and
London Old Vic, David spent six years with the BBC as
an actor and appeared in the 1950s Robin Hood series.
row: Joanna Hicks as Fairy May, Tom Brooks as Jeff, Suzanne
Hill as Mirabelle, Alan Lane as Titus, Dave Thomson as
Samuel, Angela Mason as Mrs. Paddy and Paul Edmunds as
Front row: Paul Delaney as Dr. Emmett, Nikki Wilson as
Mrs. Savage and Annette O'Hare as Miss Willie.
Director, David Edwards in front, laying down.
The Funeral of Michael Park
Park, a local resident and prominent figure in the World
Rally Championship (WRC) was sadly, fatally injured in
a competitive accident during the British round of the
WRC held in Wales on Sunday 19th September.
or "Beef" as he was affectionately known, was co-driver
to one of the leading drivers in the championship and
was paired with the Estonian driver Markko Martin, as
part of the Peugeot 307 WRC team. The WRC mirrors Formula
1 in it's tour of the world, with sixteen rallies held
across all five continents during the season. Michael
had risen through the ranks to compete at the very highest
level of the sport.
funeral will be held at noon, on Thursday 6th October
at the St. Bartholomew's Church, Much Marcle.
Success for Local Business
the recent Les Routiers awards dinner at the Four Seasons
Hotel, Park Lane in London, Aspen House, a guest house
in Hoarwithy scooped the B&B of the Year award for
Wales and the Marches.
typical Les Routiers establishment, according to the Les
Routiers 'Hotel & Restaurant Guide' is 'idiosyncratic,
hospitable, offering home-cooked fresh local produce and
exceeding expectations within a realistic budget'.
proprietors, Sally Lawrence and Rob Elliott, 'We are flattered
to be deemed good enough to be eligible for membership
of Les Routiers, but to be given this award is an unexpected
are passionate about food which means that we fly the
flag for real food - food as it should be, food that is
prepared and cooked from scratch. We are alarmed by the
way food has been industrialized and adulterated, even
in ways that are not obvious. On the positive side, we
are lucky to live in Herefordshire with access to some
of the best produce in the country, including exceptional
quality rare breed meats and a surprisingly wide seasonal
variety of local fruit and vegetables.
without exception, we buy direct from small independent
producers. That way we can guarantee freshness, taste
and provenance. As for bread, cakes, preserves, ice cream
and even baked beans, we make them all at home, again
using the finest ingredients we can source.'
Another Ross in Bloom Award
Pre-school Playgroup won the Ross in Bloom, 'Ross Gazette
Shield for the Children's Planter or Garden Competition'.
Pictured below by their planters are Tabitha Fycun, James
Burford, Lizzy Chinn and Zoe Pritchard with playgroup
leaders Vicki Page and Michelle Gwilliam.
Figures for September 2005
Although, with the main tourist season over, the amount
of individual visitors to Wyenot.com during September
dropped a little compared to August, the number of pages
viewed soared. A high percentage of the pages viewed did
not show up on the visible counter because they were pages
of the Gallery, which the visible counter does not count.
The popularity of my photographs of the Upton Bishop 'Mamma
Mia' concert is responsible for this, which makes me a
little mad actually. Having spent eight hours photographing
that particular event, I have not heard a single word
from the organizers, since I told them I was not willing
to just give them the photographs on a CD for free so
that they could print and publish them at their will.
Out of interest, the total amount of 'profit' I made from
that job by way of newspaper royalties and print sales
was £11.20 - less income tax and travel expenses,
which probably in fact amounts to a financial loss. I
expect the organizers will be in touch again when they
want more free publicity but, not only does my body weight
match that of a small elephant - so does my memory.
a very positive note, the new A
to Z index I added to the site earlier in the month
has proved to be very popular and attained the status
of being the twelfth most visited page of the whole site,
within the first two weeks of its going live.
on a positive note, feedback from guest houses advertising
on the site, particularly those who advertise exclusively
on Wyenot.com is that they are still taking bookings.
Both The Ark and No.11 Wye Street have reported that they
have bookings throughout October and into November, directly
main visitor figures for Wyenot.com between 1st and 30th
average daily page views: 4,762.
September maximum daily page views: 67,336.
Unique human visitors: 19,475.
of pages viewed by above visitors: 142,888.
Data downloaded (bandwidth used): 6,795,827 Kbytes. (6.7
top ten most visited pages on Wyenot.com over the same
period, highest to lowest were:
Photographic Street Map
The Saracen's Head Advertising Page
Goodrich Castle 2005.
Unique Visitor figures for the web site over the
past five years:
September 2002: 913
September 2003: 2,973
September 2004: 9,052
September 2005: 19,475
The Hits and Page View figures for the month
of September over the same period are many times higher.
main visitor statistics for 2005 from 1st January to 30th
September are as follows:
Unique human visitors: 155,286
Number of pages viewed by above visitors: 567,042
Data downloaded (bandwidth used): 44,698,826 Kbytes. (44.6
you for your visit and I hope you were able to find what
you were looking for!
October 3rd 2005 Solar Eclipse
I was rather hoping this week to publish photographs of
Monday's eclipse of the sun, which was an annular eclipse
over parts of Spain and Africa but a very good partial
over England. However, in true British style, here in
Ross-on-Wye, the sun was eclipsed by both the moon and
total cloud cover.
was out in my office at the time of the event with the
door open, hoping for a break in the grey cloud layer
but to no avail. It was however, still an interesting
experience with the sky darkening to the point of upsetting
the local wild life - the air growing very still with
an eerie, virtual silence descending - just a few birds
could be heard, chirping their 'panic' calls. The general
atmosphere somehow became depressing at the time of maximum
moon cover. I also recorded a drop in outside temperature
of one degree Celsius.
I cannot show this particular eclipse, below are photographs
of two others I have caught in the past. The top photograph
was taken through a break in the cloud cover during the
evening partial eclipse of 10th May 1994. The bottom one
is of the partially eclipsed sun rising above the eastern
horizon during the dawn eclipse of 31st May 2003.
- Is anybody able to help Jan?
received the email below this week but do not know the
answer to Jan's question. Is there anybody out there who
is able to help?
I notice from the Wye-not website that you seem to have
travelled the region taking photos and I wondered if you
were able to help me identify the location of my A R Quinton
people have commented that they believe it is somewhere
in the Wye valley. The water-colour would have been done
would be very grateful for any help or suggestions you
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