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Fantastic news: Max Adams’ “Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” as Audio Book – for free! 13 July, 2010

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A wave of updates has swept across the Official Collingwood 2010 Website, and I hope I won’t forget to point anything of importance out in this entry.

First things first, though, because I know how many of you are truly dedicated aficionados of audio books!

MAX ADAMS’ “COLLINGWOOD – NORTHUMBERLAND’s HEART OF OAK” IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIO BOOK!

And what’s more: it’s for free!

“Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” has been split into 12 individual parts and is available from the official website (please click the link above). And please don’t let the audio book keep you from buying the print edition! An illustrated bicentenary edition of the printed book is available from Newcastle Libraries, Tyne Bridge Publishing.

Also new on the website is an addition that I find very important, and which I’d like to recommend especially to the teachers and homeschoolers among you:

EDUCATION

Teaching materials, lessons plans and resources for you to educate (yourself, your students or young ones) on all things Collingwood. His portrayal here on this blog is, of course, biased in favour of Collingwood. I’m not blind to his shortcomings, though, and had we ever met, it might have ended in a huge argument and broken plates… well. Here you’ll find everything for you and others to make up their own mind.

For further research, you can find all relevant (and other) information on Collingwood here:

COLLINGWOOD

His life, his achievements, his fights – it’s all here, with a very helpful timeline. Perfect for those who don’t want to read all the books!

And of course, always keep an eye on

THE DIARY

where you’ll find all scheduled events. Check back regularly to see if anything’s on that you might be interested in.

Upcoming events are:

Tue 13th – Sun 18th July 2010

‘Heroes, Past and Present’ Festival: flower and music festival
(assoc. – they have adopted Collingwood as a hero past)

And an event close to all our hearts:

Sat 7th- Tue 10th August 2010

Tallships Hartlepool 2010
(assoc.)

What else? Ah, you’ll have to wait for a little while, this year’s Trafalgar Day promises to prove some goodies for us Collingwoodies!

And I have some updates as well. I wish my days had 48 hours, then I could get more done…

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A Supper With… Admiral Lord Collingwood 17 June, 2010

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The splendid supper at Trinity House in Newcastle seems to have been a great success, enjoyed by guests and hosts alike!

JournalLive: A SUPPER WITH… ADMIRAL LORD COLLINGWOOD

“(…) While this year marks the 200th anniversary of his death, Admiral Nelson’s right-hand man  was there in every cleverly thought-out detail of a hugely interesting and well-hosted  night. (…)”

Excellent food was enjoyed in excellent company.

“(…) The company is, of course, as important as the food and many people who sat down as strangers had a few shipmates by the end. (…)”

And thanks to Captain Stephen Healy, we have photographic evidence of this historic event!

An Officer and his Lady on the steps of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House preparing to “Dine with Collingwood”.

I think we can all agree that this is a very dashing couple! I love that there was the option for historical dress along to escape the old suit and tie and little black dress routine. It suits the spirit of the evening much better.

The renowned Captain Bover of the Newcastle Pressgang…. aka Dr Tony Barrow, author of “Collingwood’s Northumbrians”, “Trafalgar Geordies” and “Pressgangs and Privateers”…

(c) for all pictures: Captain Stephen Healy – thank you!

And always keep an eye on the Official Collingwood 2010 Website – they add new pictures and reports all the time.

Collingwood 2010: June Events 3 June, 2010

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No rest for the wicked! June offers various events to commemorate Admiral Lord Collingwood, and if I may say so, some of them are… delicious!

WEEKEND OF 12./13.06.2010

There will be a Collingwood-themed exhibition at Morpeth Town Hall in Morpeth, organised by the Morpeth Antiquarian Society. All day, all free, all aboard!

AN UNIQUE DINING OPPORTUNITY – 14. + 15.06.2010

(…) in honour of Vice-Admiral Collingwood, William Brewis of Boldon Farmhouse Pantry has created a unique, “Collingwood-themed” menu.

Then the dinners will be hosted by an acknowledged and published expert on matters Collingwood (Max Adams on Monday 14th and Dr Tony Barrow on Tuesday 15th), Capt. Stephen Healy, Deputy Master of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House and Chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee and a certain John Grundy, local historian, broadcaster and raconteur extraordinaire.

Delicious food (also in a vegetarian variety – well done!), Collingwood, amazing venue – who could ask for more? Hurry up if you’d like to make a reservation, though – only three places are left! Costs are £ 45.00, and you have to pre-book. No pre-booking, no cheese. Please call +44 (0)191-2816025 for your reservation.

Additional information from Granville Thompson:

The price is inclusive of fine table wines and the cheeseboard features Doddington’s famous “Admiral Collingwood” and “Cuddy’s Cave” – both important reasons to attend!! Further, the dress for the event is indicated as Black Tie / Evening Wear (boring…) or Period Costume (Yay!!). Seemingly, Boldon farmhouse Pantry are reporting that many of those booking are favouring the latter. Which is good, because the Good Lady and I are attending on the Tuesday and Madame has made a full Georgian outfit just for the occasion!! I of course, as befits my lowly Midshipman’s status, will be in my uniform….

You can find all information here.

To keep up-to-date with all events, please keep an eye on the diary of the Official Collingwood 2010 Website.

And because we all like visuals: here’s a collectible cigarette card which seems to come from a bar of chocolate. Chocolate cigarettes, maybe? In any case a great find, and you must admit that Old Cuddy looks very dashing here. Thanks a lot to Nana for finding it here and sharing! And also thanks to the card-owner, of course. Choccies or cigarette – neat!

“Old Cuddly” – a marvellous Admiral Collingwood doll 17 May, 2010

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Apologies for the hiatus; I’m back and you can expect regular updates again. Book reviews, a review of the official festival brochure, assorted bits and pieces – be surprised!

But first I’d like to share with you a truly unique and amazing piece:

THE ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD DOLL
(Just call him “Old Cuddly”…)

This is not a doll to play with (theoretically. Practically, Old Cuddly already won a fierce battle against a Dalek (pictures may or may not follow). It was created by British artist Teresa Thompson, who’s specialised in historical costume dolls. Considering the scale of the dolls, the details are simply amazing. Epaulettes, sword, pigtail – it’s all there. And while Teresa doesn’t portrait faces, she still caught our admiral perfectly.

Now I only need to find a 1/12 scale “Bounce”, and “Old Cudd(l)y” will be ready to set sail.

Here you can see the admiral posing in front of a fourth edition of his collected correspondence. With a bit of luck, he might share with us which parts were edited by Mr. Newnham Collingwood…

If you’d like to see more of Teresa Thompson’s work (and purchase it!), please visit her website:

COSTUME CAVALCADE

Prepare to spend a lot of time there, though – it’s a collector’s paradise!

Don’t forget the auction! Collingwood’s washstand has to go! 23 March, 2010

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And for at least £ 36’000 – not a penny less! (The experts expect it to fetch £ 6’000 – £ 8’000, though…)

THE ‘NELSON TOUCH’ ARRIVES AT BONHAMS MARINE SALE

A remarkable variety of Nelson-related memorabilia, including a rare George III mourning ring, a collection of Baltic service dinner plates, and a silver urn given by Lady Emma Hamilton to her chemist, is being sold as part of The Marine Sale at Bonhams on 24th March 2010.

Of main interest to us here is of course

AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY COLONIAL TEAK GENTLEMAN’S BOW FRONT CAMPAIGN DRESSING COMMODE, VICE ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD

You can see the complete catalogue for the auction here. And the catalogue is pretty much the only item I could afford!

Please also see the previous post on this auction.

Ladies and gentlemen, Collingwood’s washstand has landed! 26 February, 2010

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As announced before, Bonhams is holding a Marine Sale on 24th March, 2010. Up for auction are many interesting items (this is particularly amazing), but of course, of  main interest to us is

AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY COLONIAL TEAK GENTLEMAN’S BOW FRONT CAMPAIGN DRESSING COMMODE, VICE ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD

With the owner’s family since September 1892, acquired from a dealer following a sale at Deal, in Kent of the effects of the late Vice Admiral Collingwood, by the family of the late Captain Anthony Cuthbert Collingwood RN (originally Denny), Vice Admiral Collingwood’s grandson.

You’ll find a detailed description plus pictures on Bonhams’ website. Just click the amazing flying washstand above.

The estimate for this formidable piece of furniture is £ 6,000 to £8,000. I’ll be grumpy as hell if it shouldn’t fetch more than Nelson’s pot de chambre. I wish I was rich, alas I’m not, so I can only hope this piece will find a good home – that mirror’s seen Collingwood’s face many times. A fascinating thought, isn’t it?

Boo! A spooky night at “Admiral Collingwood Inn” 22 February, 2010

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Imagine you’re stranded in Portsmouth, “not many years after the Victory had sailed from Portsmouth, bearing Nelson towards Trafalgar and death,” your name is Hamilton and you really, really need a roof over your head, for “any honest citizen who tramped the Portsmouth streets  after dark ran the risk of anything from minor robbery to murder.”

Unfortunately, all inns are occupied, with two or three men sharing one bed, and you’re not tempted to accept that “‘prime billet’ kept by a ‘decent woman’. Oh woe betide you! But look – there’s still hope!

Turning a corner, he found himself in a short street of which the principal feature was an inn, announcing itself to be the ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD and bearing an unflattering likeness of that gentleman on its swinging sign.

Alas, the place is not the safe port Mr Hamilton thought it to be, and he ends up sharing his bed with the ghost of a murdered sailor that night. A rather messy ghost it is, too. Good grief!

All unpleasantness for Mr Hamilton aside, such incidents aren’t welcome in the tourist industry, and the consequences for the “Admiral Collingwood Inn” were dire:

They walked through the busy streets to the turn of the lane; but no “Admiral Collingwood” could they see. A building something like what Mr Hamilton remembered of it certainly stood there, but it now housed a greengrocer’s shop…”

I suppose it’s safe to assume said greengrocer’s shop sold cabbages…!

If you’d like to read the full story of the spooky encounter at the “Admiral Collingwood”:

“The Whiskered Sailor of Portsmouth” – Michael and Mollie Hardwick, 1966

(All anthologies containing this story are out of print; I link to a seller offering one book. First come, first served, for all others: GOOGLE-FU!)

Mollie Hardwick is best known for her “Upstairs, Downstairs” work. Together with husband Michael, she also wrote “The World’s Greatest Sea Mysteries” (1969) and is the author of “Emma, Lady Hamilton” (1969).

Would you like some Cheese with your Festival Ale? 19 February, 2010

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We had the Collingwood tin soldier.
We had the  Collingwood washing stand.
We had the Collingwood beer.

And while we’re waiting for the commemorative Collingwood chocolate, thanks to Doddington Dairy Ltd. you can have

THE TRULY HEROIC CHEESE

Admiral Collingwood - Truly Heroic Cheese

Sightings of Wallace and Gromit on the A697 to Wooler have already been reported.

Special thanks to Nana for this one.

This time with pictures: The Collingwood 2010 Festival Ale – plus event information 14 February, 2010

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As already announced and discussed in a previous post, Wylam Brewery has produced a special ale in honour of Admiral Lord Collingwood. I’ve kindly been provided with a press release and pictures now; the press release also contains some information on the events in Newcastle.

But first things  first – beer!

Captain Stephen Healy, Chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee, and Matt Boyle, of Wylam Brewery, toast the launch of the new ale at the Collingwood Monument, Tynemouth. Collingwood approves, it seems!

The 4.1% ABV pale ale is described as “honey-soaked in colour with a sweet tangerine aroma from the finishing hop, light and soft bodied with a citrus zest/fresh pinewood flavour and an appetisingly dry and bitter finish”.

John Boyle, managing director of the Tyne Valley-based Wylam Brewery, said: “The Collingwood Festival Ale is going down very well indeed. In fact demand was so strong that we sold most of the first 3,200 litre batch in a couple of days.

“We had a report from the Central Bar in Gateshead that their first 72-pint cask sold out in two or three hours, when a popular cask ale would normally last two or three days.”

Captain Stephen Healy, Chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee, said: “We’re delighted to have Wylam Brewery on board. They have produced a superb beer to help us celebrate the life and achievements of one of our greatest heroes.”

Right, I have to ask now: could some kind soul organise a bottle of this ale for me – please?
Postage paid, eternal gratitude assured. An empty bottle will do (I know it will come as a shock, but I don’t like beer… yes, I know, don’t mention it).

Captain Stephen Healy, of the Collingwood 2010 committee; Matt Boyle, of Wylam Brewery; the Collingwood Festival Ale and one of the cannons of the Royal Sovereign, Collingwood's flag ship.

The ale comes with additional information on planned events:

It will be enjoyed at a civic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Mike Cookson, on 6 March, which forms part of a special weekend of Collingwood events.

The following day, Sunday 7 March – the 200th anniversary of Collingwood’s death at sea – there will be a naval parade through the city and a memorial service in St Nicholas Cathedral, followed by a spectacular event at the Collingwood Monument, Tynemouth with warship and gun salutes, attended by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope.

Why this blog here exists isn’t a secret for readers of “The Joyful Molly” (I’m a geek, that’s why), but what are the reasons of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee to commit so much time to the memory of Admiral Lord Collingwood? It won’t be a surprise for you to learn that their reasons are far more serious and noble:

The Collingwood 2010 Festival is devoted to bringing him [Collingwood] out of Nelson’s shadow and into the public gaze. Throughout the year events will take place in Newcastle, Tynemouth, Gateshead, Morpeth, Sunderland and other venues across the North East.

Capt Healy said: “Anyone who has sailed in or out of the River Tyne, or visited the coast at Tynemouth or South Shields, is aware of the Collingwood Monument and every Geordie knows Collingwood Street in Newcastle.

“Few however know much about the man for whom they are named and the festival is intended to raise Collingwood’s profile, making adults and children alike aware of the achievements of this true local hero and his place in this nation’s history”.

*applause*

Cheers to Collingwood – literally. 12 February, 2010

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You probably wanted to raise a glass (or two) to Admiral Lord Collingwood this year, anyway, so you might as well have a pint on him.

A SPECIAL BREW IN MEMORY OF A NAVAL HERO

A BEER has been launched to mark the bicentenary of the death of a North-East naval hero.

Tyneside’s Wylam Brewery has produced the ale for the Collingwood 2010 Festival, a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Newcastle-born Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood. (…)

Captain Stephen Healy, chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee, said: “It’s a superb beer to help us celebrate the life and achievements of one of our greatest heroes.”

No doubt, no doubt…!  It’s not listed on the website of the brewery yet, but they call it “Festival Ale”.  I’d have an alternative suggestion:

Cheeyaz!

PS: Hey! Where’s my Collingwood Cider…?!