Giant patchwork art installation on bridge

Giant patchwork art installation on bridge BLOG  Monday 9th August  2021


Giant patchwork art installation unveiled on bridge

I so enjoy patchwork things from shawls to bedspreads to trousers, dresses, shirts, tops, hats, waistcoats. The list is endless. and jackets. I love the story every patch tells like a chapter in a book.

A giant patchwork art installation has been unveiled on a bridge to mark the beginning of a music and dance festival.

Bridges, Not Walls, by Luke Jerram, has been installed on Llangollen Bridge in North Wales as part of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, which began in July.

The artwork consists of 800 handcrafted squares of fabric made by people from the local community and around the world.

It covers both sides of the bridge, which is nearly 200ft (60m) long.

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is largely taking place online this year, with most events being made available free of charge.

Bridges, Not Walls will remain in place until August 5.

Jerram said of his artwork: “From the moment I saw it, Llangollen Bridge struck me as incredibly powerful, both physically and symbolically.

“The message and celebration of peace is at the heart of the Llangollen Eisteddfod and so this historic bridge, one of the seven wonders of Wales, makes the perfect canvas.

“As Sir Isaac Newton once said ‘We build too many walls and not enough bridges’.

“From Israel to the USA, we are at last exploring the possibility of building bridges rather than walls.”


Top 10 Fictional Detectives

1              Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes, a creation by Arthur Conan Doyle, remains the archetypal detective who solves mysteries by logical reasoning. He appears in only four novels, of which “A Study in Scarlet” (1887) was the first, and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1902) the most famous. At least as important are the fifty-six short stories.

2              Hercule Poirot – Hercule Poirot appears for the first time in Agatha Christie’s “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”, published in 1920. He is a retired Belgian police officer who came to England during World War I as a refugee.. Poirot is surely one of the greatest fictional detectives, because he was involved in so many unforgettable crime novels, including “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”, “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile”. Poirot was brought to life in movies by actors Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov, and by David Suchet.

3              Miss Marple –  Agatha Christie’s Miss Jane Marple appeared first in a series of short stories in a magazine, later collected as “The Thirteen Problems”. This elderly spinster with a remarkable talent for amateur sleuthing can be followed in twelve crime novels, including “The Murder at the Vicarage” (1930) and “The Body in the Library” (1943).

4              Lord Peter Wimsey – Lord Peter Wimsey was created by British author Dorothy L. Sayers. He’s the archetypal gentleman detective. Solving crimes is a hobby for him. In the second novel “Clouds of Witness” (1926), he has to take action because his brother is suspected of murder.

5              Jules Maigret –Commissaire Jules Maigret is the only one in this top ten whose stories were not written in English, but in French. Although his author, Georges Simenon, was Belgian, Maigret himself is French and works in Paris. He holds a quantity record by appearing in seventy-five novels and twenty-nine short stories.

6              Inspector Roderick Alleyn – Detective Chief-Inspector Roderick Alleyn (pronounced “Allen”) is a British detective who appears in thirty-two novels by New Zealand writer Ngaio Marsh. It started with “A Man Lay Dead” in 1934, when a murder game ends with a real murder.

7              Sam Spade  – Private detective Sam Spade was invented by Dashiell Hammett. He only appears in one novel and three short stories, but remains important as the first example of a detective in the hard-boiled genre. Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, among others, was inspired by Sam Spade. Spade is the main character in “The Maltese Falcon” (1930).

8              Philip Marlowe  – Philip Marlowe is a private investigator created by American author Raymond Chandler. He appeared for the first time in “The Big Sleep”, in 1939.

9              Kinsey Millhone – Private detective Kinsey Millhone was created by American author Sue Grafton. She appears in the alphabet series: “A Is for Alibi”, “B Is for Burglar” etc.

10           Detective Inspector Thomas Linley – S4Lead 396X222Inspector Linley is a British detective created by the American author Elizabeth George.


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort


  1. There are two means of refuge from the misery of life” music and cats. -Albert Schweitzer.


Happiness…is telling the stories unveiled by each patch in a patchwork design.



Love is…to the soul like music is to the ears.


A time to cut the patches…A time to sew the patches.

And finally…A time to tell the story of each patch.


9th August

1989 The offshore, North Sea pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, was raided and silenced by the British and Dutch governments. However broadcasts resumed on 1st October of that year and continued on low/moderate power until fuel for the generator ran out on 6th November 1990. Radio Caroline currently broadcasts 24 hours a day via the Eutelsat satellite and Internet radio.

                1979: Brighton bares all. Brighton becomes the first major resort in Britain to agree to set aside part of its seafront to nudists.

1958 Cliff Richard performed at Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, as Cliff Richard and The Drifters.

1963 ITV transmitted the first edition of the pop music programme Ready Steady Go to rival the BBC’s Top of the Pops. The presenter was Cathy McGowan.

1930 Betty Boop Makes Her Debut

The animated cartoon character made her first appearance in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes. Thought to be modeled after singer Helen Kane, Betty was shown as a woman with an exaggerated body and a child-like face. Created by animator Max Fleischer, she is one of most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.


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Reflections of a Top Hit Record

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