The Lozarithm Lens

By lozarithm

Devizes (Sunday 20th November 2022)

Early this year the swans on the Crammer duck-pond in Devizes had to be removed. I'm not sure of the reason. I think it had to do with pollution in the water. They were certainly missed, so when I drove over there today for an essential smash and grab at two supermarkets this afternoon I was pleased to see that they were back - whether re-introduced or by their own means I do not know. The sun was setting so I got some contre-jour shots of them, some Canada geese and a pair of mallards (in album).

Today I fired up the boiler for the first time since last Winter.

Sunday 20.11.2022 (1945 hr)

Blip #3771 (#3521 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #004
Blips/Extras In 2022 #206/265 + #088/100 Extras
Day #4622 (1110 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2913 (#2753 + 160 in archived blips)

Taken with Pentax K-50 (Yellow) and Pentax HD P-DA 55-300 mm F4-5.8 ED WR lens with HD Pentax-DA AF Rear Converter 1.4x AW

Devizes series
Sunset series
Swans series

A Visit To The Crammer, Devizes, 20 November 2022 (Flickr album of 14 photos)

Lozarhythm Of The Day:
The Cougars - Saturday Nite At The Duck-Pond (recorded 2 November 1962, EMI Studios, Abbey Road)
The Cougars were from Bristol, one of very many instrumental beat groups who sprung up in the wake of the Shadows. According to Wikipedia, "The band, comprising Keith Owen (lead guitar), Dave Tanner (rhythm guitar), Adrian Morgan (bass guitar) and Dave Hack (drums), signed a recording contract with Parlophone in 1963, after having been spotted at a talent contest by EMI's A&R man, Norrie Paramor.
"Their single Saturday Nite at the Duck-Pond used music from Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The song achieved some notoriety for being banned by the BBC, despite which it spent eight weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 33. The reason for the ban was reported in the musical press, saying Saturday Nite At The Duck Pond was 'a travesty of a major classical work.' Their songs Red Square and Caviare and Chips also borrowed themes from Tchaikovsky. The Cougars' final session for Parlophone was on 16 December 1963, when they recorded Caviare and Chips, andWhile The City Sleeps and Sausage Roll... The Cougars disbanded in 1964. The song's chart position was down to the amount of plays it got on Radio Luxembourg. Keith Owen must have made a fortune from it as his arrangement was used on a large number of cover versions over the following years.

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