Caen Hill (Saturday 25th June 2016)
Having set down at the Caen Hill flight to check on the swan family I was once again unable to find them. I walked someway down the flight on the towpath, to the path beyond Lock 40 that leads to the back of the side ponds. As I walked back up on the other side I noticed several collections of swan feathers on the path near points where they had clambered out of the water, which was a good sign as they seemed to be fresh. However I got as far as the Black Horse on the other side of the road bridge without finding them.
I sheltered from the rain under the road bridge and had a chat to this angler who had seen me out taking pictures there before and I asked about the swans. It turned out that he had seen the body of the third cygnet that had sadly perished when it was swept into the sluice.
It seems that the cob of the swan family had been viciously attacking a Canada goose family on the canal beside the Black Horse, fighting with the male goose and killing three of their four goslings. IHe had been stopped from killing the fourth only by being removed in a human intervention, along with his family, and had been released lower down the canal flight, where the pair and the two (he said three, but I think he was mistaken) cygnets were now to be found. He was surprised I hadn't seen them before I reached Lock 40 but it seems anyway that they are alive and well, and successfully separated from the remaining Canada geese.
26.6.2016 (1803 hr)
Blip #1904 (#2124 including archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #009
LOTD #1109 (#1233 including archived blips)
Taken with Pentax K-1 and Pentax HD P-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens
Caen Hill series
Kennet and Avon Canal series
Wild Tea Roses
A Visit To Caen Hill Locks, 25 June 2016 (Flickr album)
Also blipped today:
The Old Forge (Friday 24th June 2016)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love (recorded 25 June 1967, Abbey Road, London, and broadcast live worldwide via satellite as part of Our World)
It may have been more appropriate to have held this over to the 50th anniversary of its recording next year, but I felt it was needed on this day.
The Beatles performed the song as Britain's contribution to Our World, the first live global television link. Watched by over 400 million in 25 countries, the program was broadcast via satellite on 25 June 1967. The Our World broadcast cut to Abbey Road studios at 2054 hr, about 40 seconds earlier than expected. George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick were drinking scotch whisky to calm their nerves for the task of mixing the audio for a live worldwide broadcast, and had to scramble the bottle and glasses beneath the mixing desk when they were told they were about to go on air.
For the broadcast, the Beatles (except for Ringo Starr) were seated on stools, accompanied by a small studio orchestra. They were surrounded by friends and acquaintances seated on the floor, who sang along with the refrain during the fade-out. These guests included Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Mike McGear, Patti Boyd and Jane Asher.
The performance was not completely live: the Beatles, the orchestra, and guests were overdubbing onto a pre-recorded rhythm track mainly consisting of piano [George Martin], harpsichord, drums and backing vocals. The producers of Our World were initially unhappy about the use of backing tracks, but it was insisted upon by Martin, who said that "we can't just go in front of 350 million people without some work". The full Our World segment opens with the band and company listening to the raw backing track, as commentator Steve Race explained the process in voiceover.
The segment initially showed the band simulating a rehearsal or rough take for about a minute, before Martin suggesting that the orchestral musicians should take their places for the recording as the tape was rewound, followed by the band's performance with the orchestral section...
John Lennon, affecting indifference, was said to be nervous about the broadcast, given the potential size of the international TV audience. Dissatisfied with his singing, he rerecorded the solo verses for use on the single. Ringo Starr also overdubbed drums before the single was released, fixing timing problems and adding the drum roll.
The programme was broadcast in black-and-white (colour television had yet to commence broadcasting in Britain and most of the world). The Beatles' footage was colourised, based on photographs of the event, for the 1995 documentary The Beatles Anthology. The colour version is also included in the Beatles' 2015 video compilation. - Edited from the Wikipedia page.
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Bowood 2015 #31: Antiques Roadshow (Fiona Bruce)