Which Reminds Us …

Poster presentation by Osamu Ide

October 19, 2015

Pleasure! Franklin Amador also contributed immensely in typesetting volumes of “Generally Covariant Unified Field Theory”, and I met him at Craig y Nos Castle. They have quite good food there if you are ever in this part of the world. The farm food I grew up on was unbeatable. It must be the same all over the world, farm food is best. It was the home of the famous Adelina Patti, and from 1876 to 1878 it was owned by my ancestral cousin Morgan Morgan, known as “The Squire”. I descend from his younger brother William Morgan. If I can raise the funds I will buy back the castle to put it back in the family and use it for cultural affairs in both languages.”

New readers may not be aware that Craigcefnparc was the last resting-place of another crackpot, Harry ‘death-ray’ Grindell-Matthews. Unlike Ron, Matthews actually made some real innovations early in life and that is why there is a Blue Plaque to his memory at his birth-place near Bristol. But things then went wrong and he ended up making more and more outlandish claims. He even went so far as to defraud the British government by trying to make it invest in his death-ray on the basis of faked demonstrations. Incidentally, the spectacular device which is often used to illustrate newspaper articles about him is not the death-ray, but his sky-projector. Some people have mistakenly tried to credit him with that idea, and with being the inspiration for the ‘bat-signal’ of the comic-strip. Perhaps he was the inspiration, but he certainly did not originate sky-projection: pre-wireless over-the-horizon communication between ships, via cloud and searchlight, dates from the 19th century (never forget that powerful arc-lamps were available long before the electric-light bulb). Anyway, the point of interest here is that Matthews did not just admire opera divas; he married one, the uber-eccentric Ganna Walska (said to be the inspiration for a character in Citizen Kane). It would be interesting to know whether she ever deigned to visit Craigcefnparc and, if she did, did she make a side-trip to Patti’s castle?     

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