Friday, February 22, 2008

Happy Wales in New York Week!

The highlight of the visit will be on Friday 22 February, when the Librarian will give a multimedia presentation at The Arsenal in Central Park, New York on the ‘Treasures of Wales’. The presentation will be the opening event in the first ever ‘Wales in New York’ week. Over 180 persons have already booked their place for the lecture at which the Commissioner of Parks will also present a special commemorative scroll to the Librarian. Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru - National Library of Wales : Library ...

My friend anthro/archaeology classmate and travel companion, Mary FitzHerbert, from Penallt, Wales and Uruguay would be interested in this. I was looking on-line and in Wikipedia, Penallt is where singer/musician Robert Plant owned a place in the 1970s. I didn't know that! I saw him and Led Zeppelin perform in Carnegie Hall with a couple of friends, at the later show, around 1970 I think it was. Jimi Hendrix had just died from an accidental overdose of a sleeping medication, and was to play about two weeks after Led Zeppelin put on their excellent mostly acoustic sort of concert the drummer never hit the big huge gong behind him. I was a fan of "Audience" and for some hypgnostic reason after, later finding out they opened for Led Zeppelin in England before the Carnegie Hall gig.

Mary FitzHerbert was involved with the archaeology of the huge dam built between Brazil and Uruguay back in the late 1970s by I think mostly Citibank. We had the pleasure of meeting the Fulbright Scholar who conducted further work there in Uruguay, which was also assisted by the Museum of Man in Paris, France while we worked with William H. Adams and others in the wettest summer on record in Mississippi, on the archaeology of a few parts of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal which connects the waters of the Tennessee with the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile Alabama, in a series of canals built in the late 1970s early 1980s by the US Army Corps of Engineers. As I recall it was the choice between two projects, the other, which the Congress decided needed more technological development, was a proposed "energy island" for New York City, where electricity would be generated far away from the city out in the New York Bight or bay. Once the sites of disposal dumping, the area was gold isotope-trace (immutable) studied after the mystery beach "wash-ups" in the US Bicentennial year of 1976. The mystery "tar balls" were actually from a recent large pier fire over in New Jersey.

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