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Thursday, 10 November 2005
Let the sun shine

blue sky and clouds

This is photo I took at midday yesterday. It is impossible to see blue skies either before or after work, as the sun is currently rising at 7:20 and setting at 16:20.  The scene is a local building site, which has a layer of water from the recent heavy rains. When I entered the field to take the photograph a flock of seagulls alighted from the water and flew off. I always find it remarkable that these


birds can be found in such numbers in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, because despite the popular wartime song this is probably the farthest point from the sea of anywhere in England.

There is a brief and somewhat favourable report of Ashby-de-la-Zouch at the Wikipedia (I promise I had no hand in this) and a less-favourable but far more entertaining report at The King of Wales (I had no hand in this either).  Another funny site giving information about Ashby is It’s better tinned than fresh.

A well-known fact about Ashby (apparently - bluemeanie pointed this out to me recently) is that it is the home town of Adrian Mole

Posted by bigblue on 10/11/2005 at 10:38 PM
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*Ahem* you were informed by bluemeanie on good authority. I point you to the official Adrian Mole website. Be so kind as to note ‘Dr Pandora Braithwaite elected as MP of Ashby-de-la-Zouch’. Scoff! “apparently”!

Are you sick of hearing the same tired excuses from the nearly morally corrupt Tory Candidate for Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Sir Arnold Tufton? Yes! So am I!...If I voted for me on May 1 st, I pledge that I, Dr Pandora Braithwaite, Oxford Don, Linguist of Leicestershire Stock, will work conscientiously, honestly and fearlessly to represent the wishes of the people of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. In this cradle of democracy! The mother of parliaments! Send me to the House of Commons!

Posted by bluemeanie  on  11/11/2005  at  03:39 PM

Well I think that there’s a small difference between Ashby-de-la-Zouch having Dr Pandora Braithwaite elected as MP and Ashby-de-la-Zouch being the home-town of Adrian Mole.

What I gathered over at the BBC is that Adrian Mole is Leicester born and bred:

The Leicester born-and-bred Adrian Mole is the fictional author of a grand total of seven diaries, following him from ‘age 13 and 3/4’ to age 31.

His parents are currently living in Ashby-de-la-Zouch:

Adrian is now in his thirties and living in London, where he works as an offal chef in a trendy Soho restaurant, Hoi Polloi. Divorced from a Nigerian wife, he has a five-year-old son, William, who lives with Adrian’s parents, now reunited, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

So I personally suspect that they moved there after he left home.

The apparently is because other people think like you:

It’s where Adrian Mole comes from too, although he conveniently sidestepped saying anything about Ashby in “his” diaries, except that there was a McDonalds, and that was actually a lie when the book was written.

Posted by bigblue  on  11/11/2005  at  05:18 PM

Well, firstly, let me point out that the BBC did the TV version, which they considerably changed, so they may have Adrian in Lecester to make it more accessible.

Also, since Adrian talks about being back in his old bedroom in ‘Cappaccino Years’, I somehow doubt his parents moved to a different town. In addition, why would Pandora’s parents move with Adrian’s parents to Ashby-de-la-Zouch? They are in the same town! This is logic! As Pandora says in her pamphlet:


Posted by bluemeanie  on  12/11/2005  at  12:33 PM

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