It's sad I know but celebrity does bring out the worst in me. I recall walking into my shop to be greeted by my rather chuffed assistant: 'Paul, meet Mr Grant Baynham from TV's That's Life!
I managed a barely polite 'Hello' before I announced 'I can't stand that show'. Retreat of customer. Anyway, a long time ago. I'm better now.
Tipped off that Rory, Paddy and film crew would be filming coracle racing for the next series of their somewhat indifferent TV show, Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure
we warm-footed it down to the River Teifi at Cilgerran
. I hadn't seen coracle racing there since I was 12 or so but I had become temporarily and boyishly interested in the little hide and willow tubs that for at least two thousand years have graced these shores.
Anyway, opportunities to gongoozle
are these days rare, so there we were watching woeful red-faced Rory and wretched Paddy getting it all wrong while the river pros paddled the one hundred yards in a flash. Then former funny-man Rory got a bit grumpy with his producer and then they re-shot some cheering and then I
started muttering something about it being 'Clarkson Lite' (which when I think about it is probably a good thing); and before I started shouting 'Which one's Jeremy Clarkson?', Shevaughn insisted we leave. A good job no drink had been taken. Anyway here's a picture of a chunky guy who came last and some river tough guys who came first...
Mmmm... I wonder if they visited Martin Fowler's National Coracle Museum at Cenarth?
'A unique collection of coracles from Wales & around the world.
Set in the grounds of the 17th century flour mill overlooking the salmon leap & falls.
Craft & souvenir shop & Forget Me Not Antiques.'
Easter to end October, daily 10.30 - 17.30. All other times by appointment