So cool if you are a member of the zoo, especially  on a bank holiday as you just ride on by the

queues, and today they did not seems to be moving…It is now £18.50 to visit the zoo! If you are a member your yearly fee is the same as going 4 times a year, or the price of half a pint of cheap beer a week.

It means you can go anytime, nip in for a quick commune with the tropical birds, have a cuppa (don’t like the food there, it is still a bit motorway cafe for my liking)  and get discounts on your chips in the caff and plastic snakes in the gift shop, so for us living quite near it is worth it…if we remember to go. We have been twice since last april…woops. Today was a blinding day to go. The sun was out, the light was amazing,  there were no crocodiles lines of school kids who just wanted to eat their sandwiches and play on the swings – the zoo was really quite as everyone seemed to be  waiting  in the queue (?) We had a really nice wander  along the canal from Camden Lock first  which seemed to be pretty full of tourists, but the canal walk was quiet – passed an entrance of Regents

Park and then into the zoo. We had a  long leisurely saunter round  and took loads of rubbish photos of  empty cages and blurry animals, but there were a few good shots. The best bit of all was the aviary, which we usually don’t go to, as it is full of local starlings who have  made the choice to get in the cage from the big free outside world – possibly the grub is better! In the sunlight  they are very photogenic too. Right that is enough clean fun for one day, I have songs to sing and videos to make. I have not even told you about my amazing ride home through the centre of London just before midnight on new years eve….another day.

SONG OF THE DAY – Horse with No Name – America – driftwood sculpture by Heather Jansch 

I have posted this song before, but found this video of amazing driftwood animals and had to post it.

 and incase you missed my video from yesterday….not that I am crowing or anything.

So we had  National Megaphone Day  on 30th May, passed as a Royal charter in the year of King Charles’ II death, 1685. Now we have the Appleby Horse Fair,  Westmorland Cumbria,which has taken place on the first Thursday in June ( the 2nd of June -today, being the first day it allowed) since James II jumped onto the throne the same year. James passed a Royal charter allowing a horse fair “near to the River Eden”. Since then, around ten thousand Gypsies and Travellers have converged each year to buy and sell horses, meet with friends and relations, and celebrate their music, history and folklore. Another thirty thousand people visit the fair during the week.

The fair is one of the oldest horse fairs in Britain. The fair is held outside the town  on what was formerly called Gallows Hill (named after the public hangings  that were carried out there), which is now known as Fair Hill.

The fair customarily starts on the first Thursday in June, unless that is on the 1st in which case it starts on the 8th, and ends on the following Wednesday. Besides the horses, there are also  fortune tellers, palm readers and horse-related merchandise.

So the old Kings were busy round those times, cooking up charters, here there and everywhere. We could do with a few more of them now I think. We need to  invent some. What about Punk Thames Fair Day, when all punk rockers were allowed to go to the River Thames and sail  paper boats on it while singing ‘God Save the Queen”, or Anti Facist Zombies Fair –when young people who felt the need to dress up as Zombies could strut around in an anarchic, anti-fascist sort of way could let red balloons off the top of Parliament Hill, while singing songs like ‘we live in a fascist regime'(they would soon know if they did!). Or the Holloway Town Rat Fair, when people who owned small ferral looking dogs came together to share small dog related memorabilia, and could sing ‘How much is that Doggie in the Window’ together….yup I may have just finally tipped over the edge of sanity!

SONG OF THE DAY America-Horse With No Name

Great song to play on the guitar and a little link with todays special festival.