I'm obviously on a roll.
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Alan writes: "each answer has at least two 'A's separated by a letter - as in my name Alan."
Causey Arch and the Tanfield Railway
Starting at the Causey Arch Picnic Area, this delightful walk follows the line of the Tanfield Railway, along the picturesque valley of the Causey Burn, before crossing the oldest surviving railway bridge in the world along the course of an old waggonway which was used to transport coal to the river.
The Railway was opened in 1725, and is now the oldest operating railway in the world. It was constructed to take coal from the pits around Stanley and Marley Hill to the River Tyne. Originally, waggons, or more correctly, chaldrons, filled with coal, were hauled along a wooden track by horses before being replaced by metal rails and static winding engines in the early 1830s, and by locomotives in 1881. (A chaldron was an English measure of dry volume, mostly used for coal; the word itself is an obsolete spelling of cauldron.) Most of the line was closed in 1970 but it is now run by a group of steam enthusiasts.
Causey Arch is the oldest surviving single arch railway bridge in the world and spans the gorge of Causey Burn. Constructed in 1725-6 to provide a link between collieries at Tanfield and the main waggonway to the River Tyne. The original design of a wooden track was crude, but nevertheless, effective.
It was commissioned by a powerful group of local coal owners known as the “Grand Allies.” The Arch was designed by Ralph Wood, a local Stonemason, has a span of 100 feet and stands 80 feet above the valley floor. Tradition has it that Wood was very apprehensive about an earlier timber bridge which had collapsed!! Fearing that a similar fate awaited the stone structure, he leapt to his death from the top of the Arch.
On the western side there was a Toll House, where lines to other pits branched off, the remains of which are still in evidence.
There is ample parking at the Causey Arch Picnic Area; or arrival by public transport can be achieved via Stanley. Great care is required at all times: the train tracks are to be crossed three times; there are tree roots, steep sections and tall steps to be negotiated, but on a lovely sunny day, it is a magical walk – walking back in time itself.
We're off to the theatre on Friday night - well to a Zoom theatrical event hosted by The Pantaloons.
It'll be a novel experience!
"How can one interactive online show with just four actors possibly contain so much action and adventure? Elementary, my dear! The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put dynamic detective duo Holmes and Watson through their paces as they tackle their most fiendish case yet in this delightfully inventive and hilarious show for all ages. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!
This new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes is an interactive theatrical production designed specially for Zoom, using elements of theatre and film, both high tech and homespun!
The audience are invited to participate at key moments and are a vital part of this live experience".
P.S. I assume tickets will still be available from here.
This set of questions relate to adverts which have appeared on our screens in times gone by. We?ve all seen them, but how many can you remember?
1. Which ad featured Buzby, a feathered friend?
2. Who said, rather hopefully, "we're getting there"?
3. What was the first TV advert advertising?
4. Which ad, featuring cigarettes, said they were " cool as a mountain stream"?
5. What items of confectionery, now called "Starburst", were "made to make your mouth water"?
6. "Every little helps" according to this shopping chain
7. This product makes "budgies bounce with health"
8. Tony says these are "Grrreat!"
9. Leonard Rossiter appeared in a series of adverts alongside Joan Collins. What product were they advertising?
10. Which ad promoted a product "full of Eastern promise"?
11. This ad featured an enquiry for a book entitled "Fly Fishing" by J R Hartley. What was it actually advertising?
12. The ad showed robots laughing at humans who "peeled them with their metal knives". The product was?
13. "Mr Shifter, do you know the piano's on my foot?" "You hum it, son, and I'll play it." These are lines from which advert, featuring our national beverage
14. According to the adverts, this product is "the real thing"
15. Rowan Atkinson played an inept secret agent in this series of ads but, what was he advertising?
16. Who played Beattie, the proud Jewish grandmother, whose grandson gained an 'ology in this commercial?
17. Harry Enfield said: "This bloke's a nutter". What was he advertising?
18. Which company was telling everyone to 'put a tiger in your tank' back in the 60s?
19. Businessman Victor Kyam 'liked this product so much' he 'bought the company'. What was the product?
20. This is 'probably the best lager in the world'.
Unscramble the first four words in each set of scrambles. Then use the circled letters to unscramble the final word. Some of the words may unscramble into more than one word, but only one word is related to the puzzle.