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Google StreetView - folk/trad sightings?

SteveMansfield 17 Mar 10 - 09:13 AM
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Subject: Google StreetView - folk/trad sightings?
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 09:13 AM

Google Street View has recently been substantially updated so that it now covers 95% of the UK.

With a tip of the hat to The Guardian newspaper's research into football matches on Street View, has anyone found anything folk-related on there?

Any morris sides caught on camera, any festival marquees up and ready to go, anyone carrying their instruments into a gig, pub session or folk club, any signs or reminders of traditional customs?

There's no sign of the Ham Marquee
or the campsite in Sidmouth,
the main arena at Towersey is an open field,
the main square at Wimborne is unusually free of morris dancers,
it's obviously not Easter Saturday in Bacup because there's no sign of the Nutters,
or indeed Boxing Day lunchtime in Bridgemont or else the road outside the Dog and Partridge would be full of The Powderkegs dancing off our Christmas dinner.

So those are some of the blanks I've drawn so far - has anyone found anything, here or in the US?

(Bonus non-folk-related link for those who haven't already seen this on The Register: alien invasion fleet motherships, disguised as pliers, hovering over West Bromwich.)

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Subject: RE: Google StreetView - folk/trad sightings?
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 10:27 AM,moulins,+france&hl=en&cd=9&ei=OeagS4yCO9yh_AbwyNmICA&sig2=u3eR1PwhcHWFIgnhE-30kw&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=3312886361240569123&ved=0CBcQpQY&hq=gennetines,moulins,+france&hnear=&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A

Not a Streetview sighting, but this is Le Grand Bal D'Europe ( in full swing.

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Subject: RE: Google StreetView - folk/trad sightings?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 11:16 AM

Our village was photographed a couple of weeks after the annual gala day.   Go to 11 Third Street, Newtongrange (our house), look across the street at number 24, and it still says "PAGE BOY" over the door, the remains of a very elaborate tableau in the front garden (a zoo with papier mache animals including a ten-foot-high giraffe).

People spend a fortune on these decorations when their kids have a part to play - despite ordering a car-sized pallet of it, the local supermarket always runs out of toilet paper from the mass of paper flowers that get tied to the railings.

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