one day at a time…
Saturday 12 July 2003

Pix of the Day: Warriors With Rubber Extremities
CREDITS: © Cumbria Tourist Board/GoCumbria.co.uk
Mountain biker picture © Cumbria Tourist Board/Ben Barden
MAP: Grasmere Click thumbnails to change selection of main image

Grisedale Pike - fell runners © Cumbria Tourist BoardGrasmere Sports - mountain biker © Cumbria Tourist BoardVale of Grasmere © Cumbria Tourist Board
This is the second day of the four days in an 'Orgy of the Northwest'. Today we look at some folks who make yesterday's warriors look like a bunch of nancy boys, although as Jerry Seinfeld would say, "Not that there's anything wrong with that!" Jos Naylor, the undisputed King of the Fells, has been featured twice in this weblog, and we take this opportunity to salute him once more.

Each year in Lakeland there are a number of local sports meetings, and one of the best known is held in the village of Grasmere, where the organized event began on Hudson's Field from 18-19 April 1852. This year's event will be held on Sunday 24 August 2003. Visit Roy Lomas, author of the book 'Grasmere Sports - The First 150 Years', to find out more. Roy's book was the winner of the Bill Rollinson Prize, Heritage and Tradition, in the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2003.

The fell race allows some very tough athletes to show their grit and true mettle by running up the steep fell (mountain) sides. This prestigious event, known as the Guides Race, began on Silver How but now uses Butter Crags. You may gain an idea of the terrain by visiting a page on the LakesWalks.co.uk web site, which features a walk over the area of Butter Crags. The sports meeting seems to have come right up to date by including a mountain bike race for the fat tire aficionados. The runners too have become more sophisticated, and these days are more likely to be shod with the latest lightweight synthetic composition grip soles than the leather boots with studs that the old timers wore.

The three pictures, courtesy of the CTB (Cumbria Tourist Board) photo archives, show fell runners on Grisedale Pike in a different competition in the fells further north; a mountain bike race competitor at Grasmere in August 2002; and an aerial view of the vale containing the villages of Grasmere and Ambleside. The web site at that last link has two especially interesting pages, one with a history of the area, and the other with a vintage photo album. The map link shows Grasmere and Ambleside in the southeast (bottom righthand) corner, with Grisedale Pike at 2,593ft (791m) of altitude, located in the northwest (top lefthand) corner below the Whinlatter Forest Park area (clearly marked in large blue type). The hills visible above the cloud inversion are part of the Skiddaw massif in the Northern Fells.

Tomorrow's feature is the turn of the fastest fell runners of them all. They are driven on by an insatiable lust for the Green Fairy with its aromatic bouquet from the fruit of the Pimpinella anisum, which I can quite understand, but why on earth they might choose kerosene as a mixer is completely beyond my comprehension.

Caricature of the Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
Caricature Zone
BIO-FINDER LINK: (1915-1985) Russian actor who began his carrer as an acrobat in Paris, where Jean Cocteau said of him, "[He] must be mad to imagine that he could be [him]", but was severly injured in an accident. He moved from France to America in 1940, failing a 1947 movie test at Universal Studios.

As a smoker of tobacco, in 1983 he consulted Dr. George Sisson in Chicago about concerns of hoarseness during a run of his most famous part, originally a 1951 Broadway hit then a smash hit 1956 movie: he gave a total of 4,625 performances of that part. The result of an examination was negative for cancer but did reveal a pre-malignant abnormality. The two men became friends, then together they founded the HNCF (Head, and Neck Cancer Foundation) whose Oral, Head And Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW) will run from 19-25 April 2004.

An accomplished photographer, many of his photos appeared in major magazine spreads or were used as official studio production stills. It was hard during his lifetime to determine the circumstances of his birth or even birthdate. His own version of this information changed frequently; confronted with these discrepancies late in life he replied, "Ordinary mortals need but one birthday."

The publication of a 1989 biography by his son Rock, '[?] - The Man Who Would Be King', went some way to providing more reliable information. He died from lung cancer in 1985 (on 10 October, the same day & age as Orson Welles), and is buried in Saint Robert Churchyard at the Monastery of Saint Michael, La Tourraine, France. This mini-bio partly based on information in the Internet Movie Database.

On This Day in 2002: Haymaking in Langdale Friday 12 July 2002

Langdale Haymaking © Wayne HutchinsonThis picture of haymaking in the Langdale valley of the English Lake District is by Wayne Hutchinson, who won the Guild of Agricultural Journalists, Photographer of the Year 2002, professional class.

Wayne offers a number of galleries of his work, and also a CD-ROM containing over 400 images from his extensive portfolio of agricultural subjects. He is the official photographer at several breed sales, including those for Swaledale Rams, Bluefaced Leicester, Charolais Cattle, and Limousin Cattle. He breeds Swaledale sheep, and trains and breeds sheepdogs. Pictures of both appear in the galleries.

The paintings to the right are from three generations of the Heaton Cooper dynasty of Lakeland painters.

Top is by founder Alfred Heaton Cooper (1864-1929) entitled "The Bield, Little Langdale"; middle is by his son William Heaton Cooper (1903-1995) entitled "Wallend Farm Langdale"; and bottom is by his grandson Julian Cooper entitled "The Drinker, Langdale".

With other artists who form the whole Heaton Cooper dynasty, much more of their work can be seen, and purchased, on the Heaton Cooper website.

If you visit Lakeland in person the Heaton Cooper Studio is open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. The Studio is situated right in the middle of the village housed in a red roofed log cabin that Alfred had shipped over from Norway… read all about it in his mini-biography on the site.

The Heaton Cooper Studio has grown to be much more than a gallery to sell paintings and prints: they offer sculpture, pottery, gifts, and a wide range of high quality artists' materials. I was very tempted by the Chinese calligraphy brushes and inks.

They even offer online advice on what you need to get started! There is no excuse for delaying that project.

Langdale (A) © Heaton Cooper
Langdale (W) © Heaton Cooper
Langdale (J) © Heaton Cooper

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)