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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD Friday, July 20, 1973 Pagan customs survive PADSTOW, England (Reu- ter) Although England in- vented the industrial society, pagan customs which date back many centuries still per- sist on its remote fringes. One of the strangest takes place every year on the first morning of May ir. this quaint little town on the north coast of Cornwall. The citizens of Padstow wel- come the coming of summer by following two weird, styl- ized effigies known as "hob- by-horses" which dance up and down the hills of the old town. The the Cornish insist is pronounced "obby a man in a strangely colored mask more reminiscent of Africa than any tourist's image of Olde Englande. On his shoulders he carries a huge hoop of black tarpaulin with deep curtains all round, which swirl through the air as the hobby-horse prances, and rises again. Each of the two horses is followed by an accordion band and a huge booming drum which pounds out an insistent rhythm. SONG OBSCURE All the local people seem to know the words of the tradi- tional and obscure May Day song. The flocks of tourists, whom the residents ignore as long as they stay out of the way, do not. The origins of the May Day celebrations are almost cer- tainly pagan and probably Celtic, for Celtic tribes fled to the area many centuries ago as they retreated from suc- cessive eastern invaders. New tourist coach A new Australian designed and built coach which went into service recently can make a trip without refuelling. It is described as virtually mobile hotel including lounge with cocktail bar and an outdoor kitchen. Malta is tourist haven VALLETTA, Malta (CP) The easiest way to discover the Mediterranean world is to visit Malta. The history, cul- ture, art, architecture, sea- scape and landscape all are compressed and synthesized here. You can find underground stone age temples, later pre- historic temples, Roman arti- facts, Christian catacombs, Phoenician boats and, thanks to the Knights of Malta, a concentration of churches, palaces and art and, around Valletta, the greatest fortifi- cations in the world. Every- thing is here except Greek ruins. Although a little smaller- than the Caribbean island of Antigua, Malta boasts 365 churches. Most are grand gothic, Renaissance or ba- roque piles and one in the vil- lage of Mosta boasts the third-largest dome in the world, outranked only by St. Peter's in Roma and St. Sophia in Istanbul. Ulysses is supposed to have visited Malta. Cicero was a quaestor here and St. Paul and St. Luke were ship- wrecked offshore and stayed to spread the gospel. At least two prelates were inquisitors here before becoming popes. And Napoleon pillaged the rich domains of the Knights and forced Malta to turn to Nelson for protection. WIDELY PRAISED After the island became a British colony in 1814 Queen Adelaide recuperated here and established an Anglican church. Byron, with his club foot, cursed the streets of steps in Valletta. Sir Walter Scott thought it "a splendid town, -fluite like a dream." It also charmed Coleridge, Ed- mund Lear, Rupert Brooke, and Disraeli. King Edward VII stayed here and so did Queen Eliza- beth, while she was still prin- cess, with the Duke of Edinburgh. Churchill and Roosevelt met here during the war. Malta makes a stunning im- pact with its palomino-tinted fields enclosed by creamy rubble and stone walls and its yellow sandstone buildings. Palms, cypress, prickly pears and cacti edge the roads. weather is typically springs and autumns, hot summers and wet, windy winters. Beaches, too, are ten stone or shingle with here and there a stretch of sand. Lodgings and meals and local wines are still reasonable and among the 100 inns are some quite new luxury hotels with pools. ENGLISH SPOKEN Almost everyone speaks English, for it and Maltese have long been the official languages. Food reflects past history- Dover sole or the local lam- puki baked in a casserole; scallopine or Lady Effing- ham's eggs or Melton pie; pasta or quiche and for des- sert, crepes, zabaglione or chestnut souffle. There is so much to see in Malta that sightseeing is bet- ter tempered with lazing in the sun, tennis, water skiing, fishing, golf, swimming, sail- ing or exploring the harbor in one of- the Phoenician-style water taxis. Alaska range Lions, camels, elephants and 12-foot-high mammoths roamed Alaska years ago. They lived on interior grasslands sheltered by mountains from the ice that blanketed much of the Northern Hemisphere. To follow the history of the island, start with the multi- level chambered underground temple chiselled with flint out of solid rock. Follow it up with some of the 20 stone-age temples above ground where men, especially, seem to en- joy having pictures taken dwarfed by part of a torso' of a fertility goddess. Later, visit the Roman villa with its statues, urns, tiles and mosaics, and the Chris- tian catacombs. MDINA PICTURESQUE Mysterious Mdina, longtime capital of the island after the Arabs fortified and rebuilt it, is an oasis of calm and under- stated elegance. Fronts of the buildings are adorne-with heavy, carved wooden doors with solid brass knockers in the shape of a dolphin, the island symbol of good luck. Above are iron lan- terns decorated with the Mal- tese cross and iron balconies. The nobility of Malta have long lived in Mdina although some of the palaces and churches now are schools, of- ficial buildings or inns. A for- mer villa is one of the island's better restaurants. Valletta is as boisterous and busy as Mdina is serene and still. "Yells, bells and smells" is the way David Niven sum- med it up on being posted there in pre-war days. Mer- chants cry their bargains from street stalls; drivers honk their horns and scream their brakes on the narrow streets. It was the Knights who made Valletta the capital. They came here after being pushed out of Rhodes by the Turks and built the thick walls and bastions rising straight above the waterfront. The Knights were in Malta for 200 years and during that time rose to the height of their strength, prestige and wealth. Despite Napoleon's looting, Valletta still bouses an im- pressive array of sculpture, armor, Gobelin tapestries, paintings and mosaics. The Maltese are a small- boned, lively people. Young men usually have a Maltese cross flashing under their open shirts, girls are petite with musical voices. Maltese are devoted Roman Catholics and celebrate their numerous festivals with proc- essions and fireworks. But they also love dancing, horse races, movies and gambling. They are artistic, too, and good buys can be found in lace, gold and silver jewelry, fabrics, brass ornaments, glass, wrought iron, ceramic tiles and smoking pipes. Vacuum legs The underside of a starfish is marked with hundreds of tiny feet like suction cups. The cups anchoring a starfish are strong enough to withstand a pull of more than 100 pounds for a short time. Passport Photos Candid Weddings Framing PHolo A. E. CROSS STUDIO 328-0111 710 3rd Phone 328-0222 Truck-stop restaurants offer low-price meals PARIS (Reuter) Hungry truck drivers in other lands often have to settle for a greasy snack but not in France. This year certified truck stop restaurants known as Rdais Routiers will serve TO million delectable, or at least respectable, meals to professional drivers as well as less than each. An ever-increasing number of tourists are aware that good low-price meals are available in France in spite of rising food prices, exploding the fallacy that gourmet cook- ing is restricted to the two- and three-star restaurants listed in the Mkbelin guide, where prices may be around a person. French commercial truck- Now In Stock for You A selection of: HOLIDAIRE Trailers TRIPLE E-E-E Trailers TRIPLE E-E-E Campers TRAYE-L-MATE Campers for every imported truck 2 USED CAMPERS AND 1 USED TRAILER AVAILABLE Foreign Cor (Lethbridge) Ltd. 1102 3rd Ave. S. Hwne 328-9651 ing even has its own food guide. Often called the poor man's Michelin, the routier publica- tion is patterned after the French tourist bible whose ratings make many hotel keepers and restaurateurs tremble or jump for joy. Every truck stop in the rou- tier guide is checked once a year and if the price has risen above 15 francs per meal or the quality of the cooking has deteriorated, the restaurant is dropped the fol- lowing year. STANDARDS HIGH Relais Routiers are judged on three specific quali- fications: The welcome, cook- ing, and price. One hundred and thirty among the listed in the current edition have been awarded the Sign of the Casserole, signifying that they merit particularly high rating. The truckers' union this year introduced an annual award to celebrate the 40th anniversary of tbeir move- ment. The first presentation went to the outstanding relais member of the year, Pierre Langlois, 34-year-old chef and owner of the Hotel de la Poste at Varzy, in central France. Langlois has been cooking since he was 13 and his rou- tier menus include regional dishes such as Charolais beef, filet of pike and chicken sim- mered in fresh mushrooms. The drivers' union and guide book were founded in 1933 by the Vicomte Francois de Saulieu, a journalist and amateur cyclist at the time and a gourmet to this day. SPOTTED OIL SLICKS Wheeling leisurely along tire roads of France, the young nobleman observed that the inexpensive restaurants were invariably surrounded by oil slicks on the pavement from trucks whose drivers had stopped for a meal. In North America it is an old tourist adage to "eat where the truck drivers but the fare at such roadside halts is a space age away from the Gallic truck driver's concept of food. Forty years ago French trucks were slow and uncom- fortable and drivers frequently had to stay away from their homes for weeks on end. Saulieu became inter- ested in the drivers' problems and ended, up founding the federation which screened and approved 150 truck stops during its inaugural year. Five years later more than restaurants were en- titled to post the red and blue heraldic shield which still sig- nifies that the establishment meets rigid standards of ap- proval. Thirty-five thousand copies of the 1973 relais guide book (total circulation copies) have been printed in English this year (the others are all in And the current edition has been ex- panded to include 64 truck stops in Britain. British Airways to get new look LONDON British Airways, the new British airline combin- ing British European Airways and BOAC, has chosen the new face it is to present to the world. The new look is based on the British national colors red, white and blue. It features a streamlined combination of the present BOAC and BEA insig- modern symbol evolv- THE FINEST BW tar. 1C, RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY fcttwwi MI ed from the Speedbird forming a section of the quartered Un- ion Jack. Tne existing Speed- bird will appear ahead of the name "British Airways" on all the aircraft The British Airways "cor- porate identity" will start to appear immediately to estab- lish the new image. Steadily it will be introduced on every- thing from aircraft to offices, ground equipment, tickets, bag- gage labels, book matches and notepaper. But it may be three years be- fore the new style has complete- ly replaced the former styles of BEA, BOAC and the airlines' Regional Division everywhere. New aircraft still to be de- livered will be in the new liv- ery more 747s, the new Tri- Stars and, later, Concordes in a modified supersonic version of the new look which will be almost all-white. SATURDAY CIALS Bullet Fixture REG. 1 Vinyl woodgraih finish. Brass mounting plate. 8 only. Lighting Traditional Column Lamp REG. 23 Antiqued brass finish. Cherub base. White shade. Lighting Fixtures Ladies' Summer Dresses 14-" REG. to Misses' and junior sizes in group. 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