[Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Wed May 30 10:09:31 IST 2012


Yes, Ewan,  I had news of Derrick's passing within hours.

 

I was unable to go to the funeral (Glasgow) - but a close colleague did so.

 

It might be a useful project to begin a list of locations for Forth an Yeth.

 

-        Ken

From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net]
On Behalf Of ewan wilson
Sent: 29 May 2012 22:12
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

 

Hi, Ken!

 

Your suggestions sound like a great core for such a tour! Think I'll sign up
now to go on Forth an Yeth!

 It's not as if there aren't Cornishmen already conducting historical tours
round various parts of the county. I know Penwith has a few. It surely
wouldn't be beyond the various Revival groups to organise something more
language focused, although I guess it is quite a commitment to conduct such
a thing regularly.

 

By the way, did you know Prof Derick Thomson passed away recently? Ken
MacDonald came in to let me know. Apparently he was 90, and his wife, Carole
is quite frail now. 

 

Regards,

 

Ewan.

 

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Ken MacKinnon <mailto:ken at ferintosh.org>  

To: 'Standard Cornish discussion list' <mailto:spellyans at kernowek.net>  

Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:15 AM

Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

 

Ewan,

 

I have been advocating this for over 12 years now!   About thirty years ago
Esso brought out a series of Cornwall 'Tiger Trails' for motorists to follow
on all sorts of Cornish themes except Cornish Language.    One of my
recommendations following my 2000 survey and in my 2003 analysis of
speakers'  attitudes towards the language was a Cornish Language Trail on
similar lines: Forth an Yeth.

 

Some interest has been shown on this - but so far no actual action as such.
It could make a useful project for the Partnership - and it could start off
quite modestly with a free leaflet or booklet on sites and routes.   Plaques
and signposts could follow - but these would need negociations and
permissions.

 

-        An ken Ken

 

From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net]
On Behalf Of ewan wilson
Sent: 25 May 2012 22:06
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

 

Another idea that occurs to me would be to construct a' Cornish Language
Trail' for walkers to follow. For instance a short distance from Mousehole
is Paul Churchyard where the famous memorial stone is. 

I visited it with my young nephew and family about five years ago; it was a
sweltering hot day and we spent ages trying to locate the blessed
thing--only for my nephew, also Ewan,  delightedly to find it in the wall on
the street! 

We also looked for Poole's home in Penzance on Morrab Rd; bought books out
of the Cornish shop in the Causewayhead ( KK mini dictionaries, if I
remember?); off to St Michael's Mount; and went up to Truro Museum to get
language material ...found some wonderful stuff by Craig and also  older
materials by Richard Gendall- a lovely fold-out wallet thing with maps,
photos, pictures/words, etc. 

Not properly proudly promoting the language is such a missed opportunity for
the region. Are the councillors as daft as they are here in Scotland, then?!

 

Ewan.

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Herbie Blackburn <mailto:kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com>  

To: 'Standard Cornish discussion list' <mailto:spellyans at kernowek.net>  

Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:47 PM

Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

 

I agree with Ewan (The complaints about confusion is a lot of balderdash) 

- I'm English, have had a lifelong interest in Celtic languages, and when we
travelled down to Penzance by train to start our Land's End-John O'Groats
cycle we all posed by the welcome sign, and were delighted in the bilingual
nature of that and the Land's End/Penn An Wlas banner (soon to be 'Pedn An
Wlas'!) at the start of our ride - it made it more special - not just for me
with 

my interest in Celtic Languages, but for all 27 of us, most being English.
I'm English and proud of it, but equally proud of these islands' Celtic
heritage!

 

Bring on the bilingual signs I say - afterall, I may be sad, but I still get
excited to see 'Araf' in the road when we go to Wales!!

eMail: kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com

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