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Neath Port Talbot

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  • Day336

    Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall

    July 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Das absolut geniale Wetter vom Donnerstag war dann Freitag leider nicht mehr da. Stattdessen war es zwar nicht unglaublich kalt, aber dennoch ganz grau und nicht so wunderschön wie schon mal. Dementsprechend war das aber das perfekte Wetter um einen Ausflug zu machen, nachdem wir morgens joggen waren und gefrühstückt hatten.
    So wirklich nah dran ist hier nichts, dafür sind wir zu weit in der Natur quasi. Der Ausflug dann am Donnerstag ging nach Aberdulais zu den Tin Works and Waterfall, einem National Trust Grundstück eher als Haus. In Aberdulais war für einen langen Zeitraum eine Blechfabrik, die Dosen hergestellt hat und auch gut erfolgreich war, bis Amerika einen Einführungsbann auf nicht-amerikanische Bleche und Dosen gelegt hat. Was wir also sehen konnten war nur die Ruine der viktorianischen Fabrik und den beeindruckenden Wasserfall quasi direkt dahinter. Über ein paar Treppen konnte man den sowohl von oben als auch von davor sehen. Außerdem haben wir uns ein lustiges Filmchen angeguckt und waren in den Ausstellungsräumen. Die haben das da alles sehr schön dargestellt.
    Bevor wir zu Mittag gegessen haben und dabei auch schon Cream Tea hatten, durfte ich mir zwei Bücher in dem Second Hand Buchladen (Gartenhütte) kaufen. Bücher und Essen freuen mich immer. Bücher und Auto aber anscheinend nur manchmal. Auf dem Rückweg hab ich genauso wie auf dem Hinweg in Paul gelesen, aber dieses Mal wollte das mein Kopf nicht so richtig mitmachen. Mir war ein bisschen übel danach. Aufgehört hab ich natürlich trotzdem nicht. Zuhause bei Vivilday brauchte ich dann einfach ein bisschen bis alles wieder normal war, aber die Zeit hat man ja.
    Abends haben wir dann zusammen Pies gegessen und danach auch wieder mal gespielt, was sehr lustig ist. Der Tag war interessant und informativ.
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  • Day70

    Aberdulais Tin Works, Wales

    July 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Wales was the leading producer of tinplate in the Victorian era (1830s-1900). We enjoyed hearing how tinplate was made: Iron is rolled into thin sheets, folded, and re-rolled several times, then cleaned with acid, dipped into tin, and finally oiled and polished.

    The falls were really beautiful at one time, evidenced by paintings, but the area was dynamited to obtain stone for building a canal. It is still a pretty area, though.
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  • Day2

    Opera Singer’s Manor

    January 2, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Adelina Patti made her operatic debut at age 16 on 24 November 1859 in the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Academy of Music, New York. On 24 August 1860, she and Emma Albani were soloists in the world premiere of Charles Wugk Sabatier's Cantata in Montreal which was performed in honour of the visit of the Prince of Wales. In 1861, at the age of 18, she was invited to Covent Garden, to execute the role of Amina in Bellini's La sonnambula. She had such remarkable success at Covent Garden that season, she bought a house in Clapham and, using London as a base, went on to conquer the European continent, performing Amina in Paris and Vienna in subsequent years with equal success.

    During an 1862 American tour, she sang John Howard Payne's Home, Sweet Home at the White House for the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and his wife, Mary Lincoln. The Lincolns were mourning their son Willie, who had died of typhoid. Moved to tears, the Lincolns requested an encore of the song. Henceforth, it would become associated with Adelina Patti, and she performed it many times as a bonus item at the end of recitals and concerts.

    In her prime, Patti demanded to be paid $5000 a night, in gold, before the performance. Her contracts stipulated that her name be top-billed and printed larger than any other name in the cast. Her contracts also insisted that while she was "free to attend all rehearsals, she was not obligated to attend any".

    In his memoirs, the famous opera promoter "Colonel" Mapleson recalled Patti's stubborn personality and sharp business sense. She reportedly had a parrot whom she had trained to shriek, "CASH! CASH!" whenever Mapleson walked in the room. Patti enjoyed the trappings of fame and wealth but she was not profligate with her earnings, especially after losing a large proportion of her assets as a result of the break-up of her first marriage (see below). She invested wisely large sums of money and unlike some of her extravagant former colleagues, such as the star tenor Giovanni Mario, who died in poverty, she saw out her days amid luxurious surroundings.

    In 1893, Patti created the title role of Gabriella in a now-forgotten opera by Emilio Pizzi at its world premiere in Boston. Patti had commissioned Pizzi to write the opera for her.

    Ten years later, she undertook one final singing tour of the United States; however, it turned out to be a critical, financial and personal failure, owing to the deterioration of her voice through age and wear and tear. From then on she restricted herself to the occasional concert here or there, or to private performances mounted at a little theater she had built in her impressive residence, Craig-y-Nos Castle in Wales.
    She last sang in public on 24 October 1914, taking part in a Red Cross concert at London's Royal Albert Hall that had been organized to aid victims of World War I. She lived long enough to see the war end, dying in 1919 of natural causes.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Neath Port Talbot, NTL, Нийт Порт Толбът, Castell-nedd Port Talbot, Neath-Port Talbot, ニース・ポート・タルボット, 니스포트탤벗 주, Nit Port Talbotas, Нит-Порт-Толбот, Ніт-Порт-Толбот, 下塔尔波特港