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The local* history of Christmas: a ‘tree-and-bird‘ story

Which came first: the turkey or the ‘tree?

Grab a last-minute bargain!

Penultimate Cottingham Thursday Market: portable camera pan-around!

Which came first: the Christmas Turkey or the Christmas Tree?

We know the turkey is a species indigenous to North America – so it can’t realistically pre-date Christopher Columbus in 1492 – but it was the enterprising Yorkshireman William Strickland * who settled here in East Yorkshire who first brought six live birds back to the UK from The Americas just 34 years later! So we can say with some certainty that Henry XIII would have been the first reigning monarch to have enjoyed eating turkey in court!

‘Modern’ traditional Christmas as we’ve known it for over a Century now in the UK and the Western World was really an invention of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert! But turkeys only became available for all to eat rather than a very expensive exclusive luxury in the 1950s

To get glimpse of life before our ‘traditional’ Christmas we take for granted mostly today, take a peak at Victorian social commentator Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”. When taken together with his other works, this forms a thought- provoking and disturbing reminder to the Establishment to think of the plight of the working poor and needy at Christmas!

Nick

Europe? Climate Change? Don’t forget to fuss the dog!

Europe? Get a dog!

Cottingham.tv urges more people in public office to own dogs!

Dogs can teach their owners quite a bit about basic human behaviour and empathy.

Our democratic system is after all based on localism, not globalism!

If you live locally, then you feel it is your right to obtain fair employment opportunities locally too – especially if you are white, UK-born, male and working-class!

Following on from the tragic killing of local MP Joe Cox, from West Yorkshire: however far-sighted and global your thoughts relating to politics are, local people and their interests need to be prioritized and supported too!

You may have heard of politicians kissing babies – a kind of ‘mother-fussing’ if you get the drift, but dog owners know about having empathy with their canine companions, and many also likely  own guns –  especially in America. In fact one can go further and state that guns and dogs go had-in-hand and wo-betide the politician who neglects this basic friending technique! If you don’t want your new baby to be attacked by your jealous yet most favourite canine companion, just remember to fuss the dog!

Understanding the building blocks of basic human psychology through dog-owning

Building empathy surely means adopting the politics of building rapport and localism with your electorate on an individual basis?

Paws for thought

Political Empathy-building with the Electorate

Cottingham.tv’s editorial is also under pressure to forget the big global stories and bring reporting  back down to a local level! Do you have a story to tell?

Politicians neglect this at your peril: people have basic human rights to work, self-respect and ownership of and within their local environment.

If you understand animals, you may just have a chance of understanding Human Beings too, at least in the minds-eye of many members of the National Rifle Association – although some may disagree!

It would be a sorry situation indeed if dog-owning was outlawed by red tape and criminal liability for damages – we would then be completely freed to ‘lose the leash’ (lose the plot) with empathy and localism altogether! Declare it null and void: ignore it as an uncomfortable truth!

Last night, the BBC broadcast two most interesting programmes on American Life: firstly the US President emphasising the reality of Climate Change visiting National Parks over the weekend and secondly coverage of life and inequality for poor Blacks living in Missouri. To win hearts and minds, you need to think local too!

For all your local dog requirements in Cottingham: –

Julie Thornhill, Cottingham Thursday Market

 

Nick

Brisk sunny morning favours brusque trade

On this last day of March

The Thursday following Easter Bank Holiday Monday – a time to act on reflections and make new resolutions?

There is a National discussion to move the Easter Break permanently to April?

What do you think?

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Despite disruptive showers PM, all went in full swing after a brief Easter break!

Cottingham Thursday Market Today still busy PM

 

Dove Hospice Shop Renovation – one week to go!

Dove House Charity Shop Re-opening 6th. April

Updates:  popular charity shop to re-open soon!

 

Nick

All systems are go!

The Sausage Men locally-made sausages

Delicious sausages in a wide variety of flavours!

Julie Thornhill greeting customer today

Full Market! The fine sunny weather brought lots of people out in the morning- picture taken Thursday 11th. Feb PM

Cottigham Thursday Market in the afternoon sun

– it remained a chilly day despite the brilliant sunshine, so everyone was keeping well wrapped-up!

Sunny afternoon

 

Cottingham Market tomorrow (11th. Feb)!

All plots booked!

Bringing a full range of local produce and traders back for 2016

Facebook: Cottingham Thursday Market

Weather break makes life easier for stallholders

A successful day for February was reported by traders.

The weather makes all the difference to trade and the persistent cold high winds we’ve had recently have made the stallholders task almost impossible

Traders get together to make a presence on facebook!

Julie Thornhill of Canine Catering

Julie’s Facebook Page: Cottingham Thursday Market: Canine Catering

Mike Hebb: – 

South side stallholder Mike Hebb sells potted and cut flowers rather than vegetables now as Colin has moved

The stallholder’s son, writer and angler Colin Hebb is now working at Total Fitness

 

View of Market at close of play today

Another trader: – tastee mark THE SAUSAGE MEN – also on facebook – wide choice of locally-produced sausages available!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=949280431828295&set=gm.1000088756711329&type=3&theater

Fruit & Veg

This picture also made a good composition so we kept it in full format!

 

Nick

 

 

Sales Pitch Tips for Market Stall-holders

Comedy at Cottingham.tv: in celebration of individuals characters and individuality  we ask:

Q. Are you a Bawler or a Boomer .. or a Mouse?

A. Speak up boy!

Q. How do you attract customers to your stall to make your sales pitch?

continued ..

 #bawlerorboomer?

 

Nick

 

Ros Jump and Geraldine Mathieson

With the May 2015 Council Elections rapidly approaching,

deciding how to approach this interview required some thought and preparation, as the editor wanted to discuss what it was like to be a councillor interested and concerned about local politics ahead of the Elections, rather than go into details that would likely cause at least some to skip the content and change channel!

With the election nominations still out, we can’t yet approach all the parties, but would invite them to contact us for an interview if we haven’t already done so and advise that Ros, Geraldine and Lena Slater  will be standing for re-election.

Journalists and teachers share quite a lot of common interests with politicians speaking from experience, as no doubt do many other occupations.

It is unfortunate that a divide has opened up, as getting involved in public service can be exciting and rewarding – especially when you see the results of your efforts experienced and appreciated by others! (see below)

One gets the impression talking to Ros and Geraldine that 99% of council work is organizational stuff like so much other work and that the rewards of all their labours are only occasional – but worth the effort!

Now for the other background stuff, some ‘flat facts’: –

Ward Councillors

Parish information (Parish Councillors)

Cottingham Community Plan – as prepared by the parish council

The Parish Council is run on a voluntary basis

Greening the Green

We are delighted that our campaign here at cottingham.tv to green the green has been taken up and will be added to the Cottingham Community Plan for discussion ahead of the Elections!

Thank you to Christchurch Community Coffee for the best coffee and the room for the interview.

 

Nicholas Robinson

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Cottingham Market

From a Santa hat to a haddock,

from cakes to lemon curd,

from cabbages to Christmas cards …

You’re now in the last chance saloon for purchasing some budget goods and bespoke home-made and locally-grown foods!

Stop Press: Fishmonger Claire not present on Christmas Eve: back 8th. January