Snowdonia and Triglav
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Not Just a Pretty Place (updated)
I am always adding new stories and film clips into this talk to illustrate the central themes of the book i.e. if you heard it a couple of years ago it is significantly different today!
The House on the Black Hillside
We live in an ancient house where the modern extension was added in 1605. Built for a family of minor nobles, tracing their descent from Llywelyn the Great, it’s packed full of history and character. This talk explains the background to the house and the people who have lived in it including the charismatic Colonel Campbell. He brought the place back from dereliction in the 1960s and commuted to work in his private engine from Campbell’s Platform on the Ffestiniog Railway. Also included are the neighbours such as the ghost (the house was used as a location for filming an episode of Most Haunted), William Joyce or Lord Haw-Haw, who allegedly was resident half a mile away at the outbreak of WWII and the wild mountain goats that roam the mountains and play havoc with some gardens. We have just had the house tree-ring dated as part of the project Dating Old Welsh Houses.
This is based on film rather than photo for illustration. I love making short films and have published over 250 on YouTube under the names of HuwTubeable and NaturCymru. A typical talk would include 15 to 20 films of between 1 to 3 minutes which are grouped into themes and separately introduced. The choice of films depends upon what I think the target audience would appreciate; for example, Grass Snake in the Greenhouse might be good for a garden club. The formula works well with a much higher degree of interactivity than normal – each film tends to provoke short comment and discussion whereas in a conventional slideshow there are usually just questions at the end. No-one has fallen asleep in this one!
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