Although planned to celebrate the
Chinese New Year of the Ox, this turned out to be a truly multicultural evening.
Chris Knowles (resident harpist at Caernarfon Castle for many years) played the harp
which was once owned by the
celebrated blind harpist and composer Daffydd Roberts, also known as Telynor
Mawddwy. A real Chinese lion then danced thanks to our dance teacher Neti
and birthday girls Sophie and Devon. The Buddha gave fortune cookies to those
who fed the lion some money. Each cookie contains a slip of paper, although Gwynfor
is none the wiser for his, having swallowed the whole thing. Fortunately
this did not seem to affect his singing, in English or in Welsh, or his
Elvis impersonation. Neti performed two flamenco dances, the
Bulerias, and a Sevillana (popular in Seville) assisted by Devon. Well
done Gary, who became chopsticks champion, for picking up the most maltesers in
30 seconds using chopsticks. All contestants received a prize, even if
only the chopsticks and some noodles. Finally as the rain eased off, the
Chinese lanterns were launched. One by one they rose serenely into the
night sky over the estuary and beyond. As we watched them shimmering among
the stars I made a silent wish, but maybe thats another story for another time.
Finally back inside the pub for some more music. I vaguely remember Pete,
Donna, Neti, Gwynfor and I finishing the evening. John Redpath as usual
played the Congitas throughout the night superbly, and made excellent use of the
"Players Please" tray as a Chinese gong. Money raised during the evening will go
towards a plaque in memory of harpist Daffydd Roberts and a performance area for
his succesors to play in, and maybe even perform some of the music he wrote.
Thank you Greg, Deb, Ted, Joni and all at the Last Inn for an evening to remember for many years to come. Thanks also to Dolly for help with filming. Happy birthday Doll, and of course Birthday Bar Stars Sophie and Devon.
KUNG HEI FAT CHOI
Barry Lim (Lim is Chinese for forest)