Monthly Archives: June 2011

Abingdon’s Got Talent 2011

Abingdon's Got Talent
Abingdon’s Got Talent was great fun as always. Here are two sisters performing Sisters.
Abingdon's Got Talent
There was a good crowd to see the 19 performances – I am not sure why the number of entries was down on last year but it meant that the heats and final were all rolled into one.
Abingdon's Got Talent
My son was supposed to be performing and had set out to write a rap about a notorious female hanging in the Old Gaol but it proved too ambitious. He was replaced by a very good ballet dancer, and there was a band called ‘No Fear.’
Abingdon's Got Talent
The compere was excellent as were many of the acts and the judges …
Abingdon's Got Talent
this year were … The Mayor, Mike Badcock … The Leader of Abingdon Town Band, Steve Rich … Local BBC News Reader, Geraldine Peers … Retired School Drama Teacher and Amateur Dramatic Impresario, Eileen Bagshaw … and BBC Script writer / Editor, Paul Mayhew Archer.
Abingdon's Got Talent
The winner in the under 18s category was this young lady, singing and playing the guitar.
Abingdon's Got Talent
The winner in the over 18s category was a very good Irish Dancer. He started dancing at a very early age …
Abingdon's Got Talent
“Michael Flatley, eat your heart out!” 

Raising the Flag for Armed Forces Day

Raising the Flag
Today was armed forces day and last post was played by Alison Rich.

Our MP, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, and Chair of the Vale were there as part of the ceremony. (Thanks to David for the first picture. )
Raising the Flag
The Colonel and troops from Dalton Barracks raised the Armed Forces Flag.
Raising the Flag
Various other towns celebrated Armed Forces Day in a bigger way today, but Abingdon’s chance comes next Saturday with Armed Forces Open Day at Dalton Barracks.

My first clear image of a water vole (or rat)

I have always admired some of the other Abingdon Blogs.

Take Views of the Ock. When that blog started, the blogger was elated after weeks of searching to get anĀ  indistinct blurred image of a water vole (I think they are also called water rats). Images got better and better until now the blogger seems able to find them at will, and has gone on to find other creatures like otters.
Signs
Today I saw my first water vole in the Margaret Brown Gardens, then almost immediately I saw five others. They scurried away, one down the riverside, the other five under the lavender.You can just see one cautiously peeping out to see if it is safe yet.
Signs
He / she then came out a bit further…
Signs
Then finally came into full view. My first clear image of a water vole (or is it a rat?). Just to add “Many people, including pest controllers, builders and developers, mistake the endangered water vole for the brown rat and accidentally poison them”