Local Heart, Global Soul

November 5, 2014

“Patches” Produces Aching Sides And Tears Of Laughter…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There are some days you could just kick yourself for not being organised.

In the summer of 2013 while visiting Cornwall in England was one of these occasions.

We had gone for a day trip to Pendennis Castle and I thought I’d charged the batteries of the pocket camera and the DSLR.

I was wrong about the pocket camera and it’s the camera where I’ve worked out how to use the movie function.

During the falconry display I discovered my error, but thought not too much of it, at least I had decent stills from the DSLR and I probably didn’t need the movie function.

A short time later I started to realise just how wrong I was. A man dressed as a court jester set up his pitch, gathered the crowd around him and began his show.

There was humour on every level imaginable, from slapstick to plays on words, kid jokes and innuendo for the adults, he soon had the entire crowd laughing so hard they were wiping the tears from their eyes. Indeed many of the adults were also holding their stomachs because it hurt to laugh so much. I’m not someone to laugh out loud at every little thing, and these days there is “humour” (and very often questionable as to what passes for such) and there is “comic genius” . This gentleman was certainly the latter. I so, so wish I had had the chance to video even a snippet of the show, to post here and share. I wish even more that I could have recorded his entire show.

His name is “Patch” and  he’s a court jester performer based in Crediton who’s performed for Queen Elizabeth II and became an English Heritage National Jester.  I’d highly recommend  stopping anywhere that he is performing to enjoy the show… if my reaction and that of the rest of the crowd is anything to go by, you will leave with aching sides from laughing so hard and huge smile on your face.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Link to a website that features Patches:

http://www.alivenetwork.com/bandpage.asp?bandname=Patch-%20A%20Right%20Royal%20Fool&style=Street%20Entertainers

 

 

 

July 26, 2012

Palm Court Motel… Just the Ticket for a Tired Family.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

You are following the pages of our New Zealand tour, made in December 2011- January 2012. We have been visiting friends and family in the north of the North Island and are now slowly making our way south again, but this time via  the west coast of the North Island.

Himself and the kids managed to see the famous Waitomo glow-worm caves late this afternoon and now that we are heading for the hotel everyone is suddenly very tired and hungry.

It took quite a few phone calls at the visitor information centre at Waitomo to secure us a room that was suitable for our kids and for me on crutches, but this looks perfect.

We are staying the night in the Palm Court Motel  in Otorohanga which means a small back-track towards Hamilton but it looks well worth it. Himself and I bag the double bed in the living room and park both kids in the double in the side room.  There’s a microwave had we wanted to heat up a simple meal but we are opting for a take-a-way tonight as we haven’t bought any groceries with us.  This place would be ideal for a larger family too, and everything was clean and tidy so we are really happy with the place. Later we go over to the office to ask some questions and directions on how we think we want to proceed with our journey and the owners are really helpful with the information we need.

This is definitely somewhere we would be happy coming to again. The one and only downside was the noise of trucks passing on the nearby main road but  we were tired so after a short while we hardly noticed it and we slept soundly. Let’s have a look around.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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