Source: The West Briton
A FISH and chip shop has adopted a patriotic approach by renaming itself Pysk Hag Asklos, Cornish for fish and chips.
The shop in Illogan Highway was previously called Roberts Fish and Chips until proprietor Stephen Richardson decided to make the change.
He said: "When I bought the shop I kept the name but I think now is the time for a change.
"Given the recent decision to recognise the Cornish through minority status, a Cornish name seemed appropriate.
"Illogan Highway isn't the most affluent of areas and I would like to thank my customers for sticking with me in these hard economic times.
"The last few months have seen steady sales growth and I am confident that Cornish language can be used as a marketing tool to continue that trend as well as helping to promote Cornish as an everyday language."
Mazed - Traditional Tales from South East Cornwall; Cornish stories to tell your family
Tuesday 1st July 10:00am-12noon
Mazed is a project to collect the myth stories of South East Cornwall
(Caradon), relink them to their places of origin and see them told in many different ways both old and new.
Read some of the traditional stories collected
Golden Tree Productions:
Gogmagog Charles Causley Festival, Launceston
Source - WMN - Review by Bert Biscoe
"AT THE excellent Charles Causley Festival, on our way from the Street Market to see Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, we stopped in the Castle to see the first night of Gogmagog – the monks of Glasney meet Flash Gordon in a modern pleyn an gwary (playing place), starring Will Coleman and Bec Appleby.
A pacey comic-strip story, deeply rooted in British and classical history and folklore, with an underpinning treatise on the history of theatre and its roots in Cornish culture and landscape, mixed with participative space travel in which the audience was strongly invited to launch and land Cap'n Brutus' intergalactic ship.
After a dream Brutus discovers Britain (which he names after himself). They are attacked by Giants and Brutus' lieutenant, Corin, wrestles their leader, Gogmagog. The fight occurs on Plymouth Hoe and Gogmagog dies, falling into the sea to create the new land which Brutus gives Corin and which becomes known as Cornwall.
The story is part of the Cornish oral tradition to this day and the dramatisation offered by Will Coleman, Bec Appleby, Jenny Beare and Steven Kelly, with a strong supporting cast, extends it to become a modern parable, told in the tradition of Cornish theatre with wit, action, interaction with the audience and excitingly controlled energy.
Will Coleman, pictured, creates, in Brutus, yet another memorable hero – his performance is at the centre of the show, but does not dominate the story – he is too good a storyteller to allow that to happen – and Brett Harvey's assured direction provides a well-timed, often hilarious and always insightful show. Bec Applebee invites an emotive and warm response from the audience, bringing her art, her experience and flexibility to bear.
Gogmagog will be the highlight of 2014's Cornish summer – it is touring Cornwall and needs to be seen – if you like profundity dressed as entertainment, and enjoy art that moves the adult as it thrills the child – buy your tickets now.
You can see Gogmagog on Saturday, July 5, at Lafrowda Festival, St Just; Saturday, July 12 at St Austell Feast Week, White River Place; Saturday, July 19 at Penryn Arts Festival, Glasney Field; Friday, July 25 at Perranporth Carnival with further dates in August.
Original source: Cornwall Calling
5 ways to find out what your Cornish surname means
From Trelawny to Pengelly, we all know a Cornish surname when we see one. But what do they mean? And where do they come from? Find out with our guide.
How Cornish surnames developed
Until the Middle Ages, there wasn’t much use for surnames. People tended to live in small farms and settlements and knew their neighbours by first name only. As communities became larger – and room for confusion grew – a surname became increasingly necessary.
In Cornwall, as everywhere, surnames describe a characteristic of a person. These characteristics are mostly covered in the categories below.
1) Like father, like son or daughter – patronyms
At its simplest, a patronym takes the father’s name as it is – for instance Gordon Richard would suggest ‘Gordon the son of Richard’. Sometimes an s is added for possession – ie Demelza Richards suggests ‘Demelza, from Richard’s children’. In the Cornish language, an o (and sometimes a y) is added for possession. Therefore Bennetto would suggest Bennett’s, or Benedict’s, children; and Clemo Clement’s children.
2) A sense of place – geographical names
Sometimes it seems like half of Cornwall (and plenty more people from the diaspora) have surnames beginning Tre, Pen, Pol, or Car. These ‘proper Cornish’ names are used to describe types of place. In the Cornish language, tre describes a homestead; pen means head or end; pol means pool; and car comes from either carn, meaning ancient tomb or rockpile, or ker, a fortification. Menadue comes from menethu-du, which means, rather atmospherically, dark hill.
3) Trade marked – surnames by occupation
Just as Cooper in English refers to a barrel-maker, so many Cornish names come from their owner’s trade. Dyer comes from tyor meaning thatcher; Hellyer is from helgher meaning hunter; and Angove is from an gof, meaning the smith. People were also named according to the animals they kept for their trade, for instance Bligh from blydh, or wolf.
Some names come from a direct description of a person. And like the best nicknames, they’re short, pithy and very direct. Step up Mr or Mrs Coad – your name comes from coth, or old! Gwynn comes from the Cornish gwyn meaning white. Bassett may come from bassya, meaning short in stature.
Ms Teague, meanwhile, can bask in the fact her name from the Cornish tek, or teg, meaning fair or beautiful!
5) The Kernow connection – names that mean ‘Cornwall’
A Cornishman outside the county might be given the surname ‘Cornish’, to denote his origin. Other names suggesting a Cornish origin include (perhaps unsurprisingly) Cornwall, Cornwell, Curnow, Kernow and Cornwallis.
Want to investigate further? Take a look at Jim Thompson’s superb A-Z of Cornish Surnames (be warned, it’s addictive!) and Graham Owen’s excellent Cornish Surnames.
From the Hall For Cornwall Networks Club:
"Details of our next event have now been released.
Our theme is 'Cornish' and we're very pleased to welcome Jenefer Lowe, Development Manager (Dyghtyer displegya) at The Cornish Language Partnership, who will give a presentation focusing on the use of Cornish in business.
There'll be proper Cornish treats to enjoy, including Betty Stogs from Skinners Brewery, and saffron buns from Rowe's Cornish Bakers.
July 4th, Hall For Cornwall, 3pm-5pm. To book your place on this free event, contact Katie Hill; firstname.lastname@example.org or 01872 321992."
See the HFC Facebook site
California: Almaden mine, developed by Cornish miners and in its heyday the richest mercury mine in the U.S.A.
FRIDAY JUNE 27 An afternoon of talks on the Cornish Diaspora
The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Free to attend, donations welcome.
Limited places available - contact Golowan to book a place. Tel. 01736 369686 email@example.com
The International Significance of Cornish Mining
by Ainsley Cocks 1.30pm
Cornish mining is global. The explosion of metalliferous mining which took place in Cornwall and west Devon during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries gave rise to a world-wide spread of mine workers and technology, which helped shape mining internationally. Ainsley
Cocks of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site team sets out the importance of mining in Cornwall and west Devon, and provides a flavour of how mining migration influenced communities around the globe through the spread of Cornish culture and traditions.
Letters from America
by Chloe Phillips 2.30pm
Chloe writes: “The talk title will be ‘Letters from America: exploring Cornwall’s ‘Great Migration’ through the correspondence of one family’. The talk will explore what a collection of documents held at Cornwall Record Office reveals about Cornwall’s ‘Great Migration’ and will focus specifically on the richly detailed, humorous letters of one family member, Richard J. Scoble, an eighteen year old miner who migrated to Nevada in May 1874. His letters to his mother span an eleven year period and in the talk they will be considered in the light of the broader story of Cornish migration, as well as the story of my research and where it ended up taking me...”
The Trippet Stones and an unrecorded piece of Cornish rock art?
An on-line article by Roy Goutté which can be seen on the Heritage Trust website
After visiting King Arthur’s Hall the banked enclosure of uncertain age on King Arthur’s Down near St Breward, Cornwall, on the 12 June 2014 with fellow enthusiast Peter Castle, we decided on the way back to make a fleeting visit to the Trippet Stones stone circle on Manor Common. I’m very glad we did now otherwise we could have missed out on something quite interesting!
After wandering around the circle for a few minutes we came across two smaller stones that on first impression had that look that suggests that one part was the remaining stump of an upright, and the other, a broken section off it! In this instance however, on closer inspection, they were both found to be just lying on the surface or embedded just beneath, but neither seriously earth-fast! Where they came from I don’t know but the likelihood is that they are nothing to do with the circle at all and ‘just stones’ placed there at some stage.
However, on looking more closely at them, we noticed that one, the more secure of the two, had what appeared to be a form of horizontal and vertical crisscross carving on its stepped top. Some may even call it rock-art, something I’ll admit to knowing very little about, but maybe a follower of The Heritage Trust will.
It can be seen in the photo that both ‘steps’ in the stone appear to have been carved or ‘decorated’, but a more interesting point to me at the moment is the fact that the bottom and top halves of the stone have a fracture or fault running between them threatening to split the stone into two separate halves. If it did, it may well provide us with the answer as to whether the lower section of ‘grid-lines’ are natural or man-made. Obviously if the grid did run completely through the stone then the carving would be a natural feature, but if not…?
There must be many ways in which a stone can become ‘marked’ accidentally, one being when dragged out of the earth by a tractor when ploughing, but in this case I would have thought it unlikely, as the crisscrossed markings on the lower step go right up to the rising side of that step.
The fracture or fault line is clearly seen running through the stone between top and bottom. If separated, would it reveal more of the ‘carving’ or just a plain surface? One action could solve an archaeological mystery, the other, damage it irrevocably!
Do the ‘grid-lines’ continue through the fracture or stop against the face of the upper section as seen from above? If it is just a random stone and not part of the setting, should it be split as one would when fossil hunting to prove it one way or another or left well alone?
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