I’LL get straight to the point in introducing the summer edition of Tynedale Life by saying that I’ve always wanted to get in a mention one of the greatest films ever made – the 1963 classic, Jason and the Argonauts.
And now at last I can. It’s a tenuous link, admittedly, but ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to say that in the next issue, we are featuring no less than the daughter of Hylas.
You will of course recall that in the film, Hylas is the fellow – who with Hercules – breaks into the treasure trove beneath the giant bronze statue of Talos. Talos comes to life (an awesome scene!) but when Jason gets the better of him, the bronze behemoth crashes to the ground, breaking into several pieces. Alas, in doing so he falls on top of Hylas.
Now to cut a long story short, Hylas was played by the Scottish actor John Cairney, whose daughter is featured in our homes and gardens section. Phew. I knew I’d get there one day!
From bronze we move to lead and the close-knit community of Nenthead – once a centre of lead mining in the North Pennines. Today, it’s not mining that underpins the area, but the band of volunteers who seem to run everything from the village shop to the snow gritter.
We also head to foreign climes with two wildlife photographers; and into the past with a look at the life of Capability Brown and the snapshots in time captured in old postcards.
A young trapeze artist shows off her aerial skills; two flower arrangers show off their floral decorations and former lawyer turned painter tells his story which takes in everything from Richard Branson to the comic Viz.
And being summer, we also have strawberries and ice cream. A perfect combination.
The next issue of Tynedale Life is out now.