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This weekend sees the return of LLAWN03, Llandudno Arts Weekend, when the town will be brimming with free performance, music, dance, film, sculpture and more. Here's a round-up of just some of the events we're looking forward to.
1. The Wheel House
The Wheel House, by performers Acrojou, is a circular rolling stage which will transverse the town. Within it, the performers will act a gentle dystopia, where survival is difficult and friendship precious. We can't wait to see this rolling along the prom!
2. Divina & Dymphna’s Day-glo Tour
All aboard! Join Divina and Dymphna's vintage Routemaster bus for an operatic tour of Llandudno's lost theatres. A great combination of performance and histry, tours set off from the coach park on Mostyn Broadway.
3. Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Join this renowned duo in the Tabernacle vestry for two performances: Body Not Fit For Purpose and Both Sitting Duet. The choreographer and composer's performances have been described by the Evening Standard in London as “absurdist self-indulgence you’ll be thinking, but what you see is revelation and joy” and by the New York Times as "one of the funniest and most ingenious dances seen in New York in a long time". Not to be missed!
4. Kitsch n Sync Collective
Festival favourites Kitsch n Sync Collective return with two new pieces, one of which is a special commission. Catch them on the prom for Bedgraggled (pictured) and Babs & Stella's Intergalatic Spectacular. They've just gone down a storm at Festival No.6 at Portmerion and are bound to cause a stir in Llandudno!
5. Hints to Lady Travellers
Passersby on Saturday afternoon will see two intrepid Victorian lady travellers perform a vertical dance down the front of Venue Cymru. One of the lady travellers, artist Kate Lawrence, performed a vertical dance last year at LLAWN02 and the result was breathtaking.
6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Saturday nights at LLAWN always include an open-air film screening. This year, the Great Orme provides an eerie setting for the director's cut of the classic 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. Tickets are free but booking is essential, and be sure to wrap up very warmly.
There's many more free events taking place over the weekend, so be sure to check out what's on at the LLAWN03 website.
This week we took a walk to Penmon Point on Anglesey, where we came across one of the 'Four on Anglesey' canvases by artist Anthony Garratt.
Full of drama and light, the canvas is completely exposed to the elements. Here's the picture our photographer, Geoff, took of the canvas, with Penmon lighthouse in the background:
The 2.5 metre canvas is located at the precise spot where Anthony painted it, so you can see the exact view of the artist. In addition to the lighthouse, the work also shows Puffin Island to the right.
You can see the other canvases at:
- Lligwy beach, with a view of Ynys Dulas
- Rhoscolyn, where you can see the view across the water to Snowdonia and the Llyn peninsula
- The Menai Strait, looking towards Caernarfon Castle.
The four artworks will be in place until October 2015. There's a handy map of the locations on the website of the project's sponsor, Menai Holidays.
There could be only one contender for this week's Print of the Week...it had to be Geoff's fabulous picture of the Red Arrows performing at Saturday's Llandudno Air Show.
Save 25% until Friday 29th May on this reminder of a brilliant afternoon. The picture, taken from the slopes of the Orme, shows the Red Arrows soaring over the bay, with the pier and the Little Orme in the background.
To celebrate Chinese New Year on 19th Feb, we've teamed up with the bustling cookshop at Clares of Llandudno for an exclusive competition.
We're giving away two signed copies of Ching’s yummy 'Chinese Food in Minutes' recipe book. All you have to do is like the Facebook page for Clare's, find the image of the chopsticks and give it a like too. You will then be entered into a prize draw for your chance to win. Winners will be announced on Monday 16th Feb.
1. The oldest player in town
Welsh winger Billy Meredith played for Manchester United until he left the club in 1921 at the age of 46, making him United's oldest ever player. And far from hanging up his football boots, he then transferred to Manchester City, for whom he played until he was 49 years old. Unsurprisingly, Billy was the oldest ever player to play for Manchester City and Wales. Other United players with longevity include Stan Pearson, who played against Crewe Alexandra in April 1959 aged 40 years and 101 days, Edwin van der Sar and Ryan Giggs. Read more about Billy Meredith on the BBC website.
Billy Meredith, above, is the player on the left.
2. Let there be light
The first ever floodlit match at Old Trafford was against Bolton Wanderers on March 23 1957. Bolton won the game 2-0. Each pylon stood 160 feet high.
3. Double victory
Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel are the only players in the history of English football to have won three sets of Double Winner's Medals, with Manchester United in 1994, 1996 and 1999.
4. A very big upset
In one of the club's biggest upsets, United goalkeeper Gary Bailey saved three penalties against Ipswich Town at Portman Road in 1980. But United still lost the game 6-0. Watch a video of the match highlights.
5. A bad start for Fergie
Sir Alex Ferguson's first game as manager of Manchester United was on November 8th 1986 at Oxford United. Oxford won 2-0! His last was at West Bromwich Albion on May 19th 2013; the game ended 5-5 and was his 1,500th game in charge of the club. Read more about Alex Ferguson's formula for success at the Harvard Business Review.
6. When footballers earned their wages
The record for the most appearances in one season at United is jointly held by Steve Bruce and Denis Irwin. They each totalled 62 appearances in the 1993/94 season. Watch Wayne Rooney's wages accumulate in real time here.
7. A packed ground
The highest ever English League attendance is held by United: 83,260 watched the game v Arsenal on January 17th, 1948. However, the game was played at Maine Road, the home of Manchester City. Due to the bomb damage suffered by Old Trafford during World War II, United played all their home games at Maine Road until the end of the 1948/49 season.
8. United "at home" at Anfield!
On August 20th, 1971 United played a 'home' game at Anfield, the ground of their greatest rivals, Liverpool. Due to hooliganism at Old Trafford at the end of the previous season, United were banned from playing their first two home matches in Manchester. At Anfield they beat Arsenal 3-1, watched by a 'home' crowd of 27,649. The other 'home' game was played three days later on August 23rd at the Victoria Ground, Stoke. United beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in front of 23,146 people.
9. An unfortunate debut
The first ever game at Old Trafford took place on February 19th 1910 against Liverpool. The visitors won 4-3 in front of 45,000 spectators. Find out more about Old Trafford on the Manchester United website.
Contemporary print of Old Trafford by Geoff Steen. Click here to buy.
10. Rule Britannia!
Manchester United's record win was against Anderlecht in the European Cup on 26 September 1956. United won 10-0 in the Preliminary Round, second leg.
If you liked these facts, you may be interested in some of our photographer's favourite books about Manchester United:
- Manchester United: The Forgotten Fixtures; Iain McCartney; Breedon Books; 2009
- Manchester United: Then and Now; Michael Heatley; Anova Books; 2011
- Old Trafford: 100 Years at the Theatre of Dreams; Iain McCartney; Empire Publications; 2010
Thanks for reading!
If you're visiting Llandudno this weekend for LLAWN02, Llandudno Arts Weekend, you'll find the town full of free arts events. Here are our highlights of the festival.
1. The bathing machines
Replica Victorian bathing machines will hug the promenade, each housing an artist or installation. We're particularly looking forward to seeing leading urban artist Pure Evil, who will be creating one of his signature teardrop portraits and DJ-ing a silent disco. We also hope to call in on Alana Tyson, who will be creating traditional cut-out silhouette portraits of visitors to her bathing machine. The machines are open 11am to 5pm, Friday through to Sunday.
One of the bathing machines at last year's festival:
We loved the Kitsch'n'Sync dance collective last year, and can't wait for their return with a piece specially commissioned for LLAWN02. 'Gulls' will be a funny and dynamic take on Llandudno's infamous seagulls. They will be performing on the prom on Saturday and Sunday, at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm.
3. The English Channel
Dancer Liz Aggiss will be performing excerpts of her celebrated work, 'The English Channel', as part of opening night on Friday. The formidable Dame Aggiss has a whole bunch of attitude and explores her sixty years on the planet via dance, music and film. The performance takes place at 8.30pm at Langtry's Bar in the Grand Hotel on Friday night. It is preceded by performances of poetry and song at MOSTYN gallery at 6.30pm.
4. The Tudno Castle Hotel
It's the last chance to see inside the grand but crumbling Tudno Castle Hotel before its transformation into a Premier Inn. The beautiful, haunting and decayed interior is host to an exhibition by the Royal Cambrian Academy and an experimental short film on dust, decay and shimmering sequins. We've photographed the interior and it's not to be missed. The hotel will be open 11am to 5pm, Friday through to Sunday.
The Tudno Castle Hotel during rehearsals last week:
Keep your eyes peeled at 3pm on Saturday, when two dancers will perform a vertical duet down the side of Venue Cymru. We're told that the dance will take place on the car park side of the building.
6. The Tabernacle
The interior of the Tabernacle on Upper Mostyn Street is another disused space that we've photographed, and it's not to be missed. The chapel will be opening to the public on Saturday and Sunday, when dancer Cai Tomos will be performing the world premiere of 'Gymanfa'. He will be filling the chapel with a virtual choir, in a performance that is sure to be haunting and unique. The public can wander in and out of the building between 2pm and 4pm each day.
Cai Tomos in rehearsal at the disused Tabernacle:
7. Granny Turismo
The world's only motorised shopping trolley dance troupe, Granny Turismo are performing on the prom on Sunday at 12,30, 2.20 and 4.30pm. Videos of their past performances indicate that they're going to be an absolute scream!
You'll also find a drive-in movie theatre showing 'Grease', complete with sing-along, a beautiful performance in the Colonnades, story-telling for kids and much more. And as we mentioned, all these events are completely free-of-charge. Find out more on the LLAWN02 website.